Technology plays a major role in our lives. And that is not surprising: technology makes our lives easier, more efficient and better. Your phone, laptop, but also your car and household appliances are therefore full of smart, often technically complex solutions. All these solutions are conceived, designed, produced and assembled by many clever minds and smart hands working in the high-tech and manufacturing industry.
Technology also plays a major role in tackling major challenges, including in the areas of energy transition, climate, mobility, food security and healthcare. It offers the opportunity to work more efficiently, make connections and solve problems. But, to be able to push the boundaries of technology, continuous talent development, or lifelong learning, expanding your network and being connected, is indispensable. We strongly believe that together we achieve more than one alone.
Based on five main technological themes, we help you to stretch the definition of technology each day by training and organizing events. We help you push boundaries by taking innovative groundbreaking ideas from the drawing board to reality. Get started quickly? Discover our full range of courses and events per theme for the high-tech and manufacturing industry.
In the manufacturing industry, millions of innovative and sustainable (end) products or instruments are made every day, requiring precision technology, optics and photonics solutions. Where high end applications are concerned, purity, precision and quality of the production environment are essential. The automation of labor processes changes the content of the work to be performed at lightning speed and often drastically.
Developments are moving fast and it is becoming increasingly easy to automate production processes, in addition, the integration of software & IT within your company and within the chain is an indispensable strategic tool. The optimal automation of a machine, process and factory is therefore the order of the day. But where do you start?
In product development, improvement and research, the right choice of new, different or improved material is essential. Especially in the context of achieving the goals of national and European innovation policies. Scarcity of raw materials requires new and creative ways of thinking and choosing materials. This makes this choice in most cases quite a challenge: which materials are available and which is most suitable for your product? And how will you connect parts together?
Additive Manufacturing and other digital manufacturing techniques are gaining ground within the industry. The flexible and cost-saving features make it easy to quickly prototype or produce on demand (small) batches of customized parts or products. Integration within production processes is therefore increasingly taking place.
Whether you are developing a new product or further developing an existing product; there are many choices to be made. Around product design and improving related processes, there are many methods, each with its own success story. More than ever, product development requires technical creativity to convert customer demand into a product. As a designer, you need knowledge of materials, production methods, surface treatment, joining techniques and much more. In your design, you need to consider environmental factors such as noise, vibration, thermal influences and friction.