Brainport Industries Koninklijke Metaalunie Mikrocentrum Nevat
  • Dutch Industrial Supply Pavilion op Hannover Messe 2018

    Van 23 t/m 27 april 2018 vindt de Hannover Messe plaats. Voor de vijfde keer zullen de organisaties, Brainport Industries, Koninklijke Metaalunie, Mikrocentrum en Nevat de handen ineen slaan om Hal 4 oranje te kleuren.

Hannover Messe
Dutch Industrial Supply Pavilion

23 t/m 27 april 2018  
Deutsche Messe, Hannover

 ! Notice: For some parts on the program registration is required.

10:30 - 11:00




Flexible Manufacturing as opportunity to regain Europe’s pole position in manufacturing 
Marc Hendrikse, NTS-Group

Over the past decades, the role of European manufacturing has been eroded in international context and a large part of its volume production has been transferred to lower wage regions of the world. The actual demand for smaller series (lot size 1) and quick changes in production require a different set up that suits the European – and especially Dutch - experience of combining different technologies  well. Crossing borders - both in technologies but also between cultures - is necessary to become successful, but will give Europe back its pole position in manufacturing.  

                 Marc Hendrikse 2
11:00 - 11:30


Fieldlab Flexible Manufacturing: the ability to switch between large and small series quickly
John Blankendaal, Brainport Industries

Batch size 1 and mass customisation – these trends represent a real challenge for manufacturing companies and their suppliers because they have to manufacture ever smaller series without increasing the cost per unit. That’s where Dutch field lab “Flexible Manufacturing” comes in. One solution is the further integration of robots and smart sensors in production processes. Manufacturing needs to be as fully automated as possible in order to minimise downtime due to conversion work. This is the only way to ensure that the market’s requirements are fulfilled. In order to achieve that goal, researchers, companies and organisations work together in the field lab.

Flexible Manufacturing“: Schnelle Wechsel zwischen großen und kleinen Serien
John Blankendaal, Brainport Industries

Losgröße 1 und individualisierte Massenproduktion – diese Trends stellen Fertigungsunternehmen und deren Zulieferer vor eine besondere Herausforderung: Sie müssen immer kleinere Serien produzieren, ohne die Kosten pro Exemplar zu steigern. Dort setzt das niederländische Fieldlab „Flexible Manufacturing“ an. Eine Lösung liegt in der weitergehenden Integration von Robotern und intelligenter Sensorik in die Produktionsabläufe. Die Fertigung muss möglichst komplett automatisiert ablaufen, um Stillstandzeiten durch Umrüstungen zu minimieren. Nur so lassen sich die Anforderungen des Marktes noch erfüllen. Um dieses Ziel zu erreichen, arbeiten Forscher, Unternehmen und Organisationen in dem Fieldlab zusammen.  

         John Blankendaal

11:30 - 12:00



Natural human-cobot interaction puts skilled workers back in the lead and improves safety 
Henk Kiela, Fontys UAS Engineering

While new collaborative robots enter the industrial market, few people realize how to deploy these systems best. How should we deal with safety, who is in the lead of the process, the robot or people with the skills. What requirements should we pose on these cobots to do something usefull in a production environment. Are robots replacing humans?

These questions and a few more will be addressed in this lecture. The aim is to trigger management to focus on the right aspects and to provide comfort to those involved in manufacturing how to deal with the opportunities of cobots.

         Henk Kiela
12:00 - 13.30

Hall 16
Stand A10
    Biz Lunch 4.0 NRW-Niederlande by VDMA in Hall 16

Deutsche Messe Hannover  
NRW-Gemeinschaftsstand ProduktionNRW

Program Registration required

         NRW Einladung
13:30 - 14:00
Hall 2
    Digital Independence

The program will start with a 10 minute introduction to the topic Digital Independence by Prof. Aiko Pras. Aiko Pras is full professor in the area of Network Operations and Management with a focus on Internet Security at the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science of the University of Twente, the Netherlands. Aiko is interested in questions like Digital Independence and Internet security, with a research focus on DDoS attacks and DNS security.

The introduction will be followed by a 15 minute panel discussion between panel and audience lead by Prof Aiko Pras.
Invited members of the panel are:

  • Mevr. Ineke Dezentje Director FME-CWM
  • Marc Hendrikse, CEO NTS Group and Topsector High Tech Systems and Materials
  • Rene Penning de Vries, President BOM and Topsector ICT

 This panel and audience will discuss:

  • The need for a Trusted and Resilient European Internet
  • How such network can be created and maintained
  • What kind of technologies could be used
  • What are the challenges and potential pitfalls

You are cordially invited to attend this interesting program. 

Additional informationRegistration required

14:30 - 15:00


Human robot collaboration and operator support in assembly work
Gu van Rhijn MSc, TNO

Zero defect manufacturing, but also fast switching between products in a manufacturing or assembly line for small series is an important ambition, which is indicated as ‘flexible manufacturing’. ‘Full automation’ however, is often not feasible in assembly work, specifically in the combination of low volumes,  high product mix, and high product complexity. In the presentation a use case in manual assembly will be explained: an example of human-robot collaboration assisted by an operator support system based on Augmented Reality (AR).

The AR assistance provides a step-by-step instruction to the human operator. Instructions and other visual cues are projected on the table top surface, products, tooling and bins. The work area is monitored by a MS Kinect by virtual sensors. Triggering these virtual sensors in specific steps allows the operator to intuitively proceed to the next step. A KUKA IIWA 7 robot provides assistance by providing the correct bins with parts at the right moment in time. This system has been tested in a lab setting together with 2 operators from industrial company Thomas Regout International:  a new , still unexperienced and an experienced employee. This year the system will be validated in the Thomas Regout factory and evaluated by 10-12 operators.

         Gu van Rhijn

15:00 - 15:30



Flexibility and new business models in the manufacturing industry from a different perspective 
Koen Melis, Melis Castings Holland (Melis Gieterijen Tilburg)

The conventional approach to improving organisational aspects like flexibility and quality has always been more-or-less focused on measurable parameters like delivery times, machine downtime and lead time. During this session I will propose a different approach. The entertainment industry, as a parallel, has become extremely customer oriented by focusing on added value for the customer. The centre of this philosophy is the ‘red carpet’ approach. Instead of offering a standard catalogue of easy-to-produce products, the goal of this strategy is to go as far as possible concerning customization and service options. Customers are usually willing to pay hefty premium prices for this added value, while also feeling much more satisfied about the company. In this lecture, Koen will pay attention to the application of this philosophy to the manufacturing industry and will provide examples derived from his experience in both worlds.

         Koen Melis