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3IF & AGORIA CONFERENCE: Industrial Internet, Internet of Things and Digital Transformation for Industry
Wednesday 25 May 2016, 08:00am - 05:00pm
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The 3rd Innovation Wave...?
Over the last 200 years, the world has experienced several waves of innovation. The Industrial Revolution saw innovations in technology applied to manufacturing. The Internet Revolution allowed machines to connect and exchange information. The two combined have set the sExpertisee for the next wave, that we are calling the “Industrial Internet”, or Industrial Internet of Things” (IIoT). This last wave pushes the boundaries of machines and will drastically increase productivity, efficiency and flexibility in the production process: Processes that govern themselves, with intelligent machines that take corrective action to avoid unplanned downtime of machinery. Each mobile device indicating the status of any digital components within the production environment, providing employees mobile access to real-time information....the possibilities seem endless.

This transformation has already started, yet the Industrial Internet is still in its infancy sExpertisee. On another note there are many aspects of the daily operations that are ready for the type of improvements provided by IIoT technology; that can deliver tangible benefits with a fast return on investment. Having said that, companies are faced with tackling day-to-day issues and with insufficient resources to survey new technologies and plan improvement projects. They should keep business model innovation as a long term goal and focus on what is practical and achievable right now.

This conference aims to answer some of the most prevalent questions, on how to capitalize on the opportuities ahead: What are the major changes, how are companies today evaluating new opportunities, what are considered best approaches and investment strategies? What are my competitors doing? Join manufacturing, engineering and business professionals from leading manufacturers, policy makers, solution providers and industry groups as they share practical information, strategic insight and real-life expertise you need to plan, execute and optimize your Industrial Internet of Things implementations and digital transformation strategies

Topics include:

  • Digital Manufacturing
  • IoT (Internet of Things): IoT Networks, Industrial IoT
  • Data Science: Data Analytics, Data Visualization
  • Digital Transformation
  • System Integration for digital transformation
  • Industrie 4.0
  • Industrial Internet
  • OPC UA
  • Cyber Security for Industry


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Valentijn de Leeuw, Vice President at ARC Advisory Group
Valentijn has extensive experience in best management practices in process industries. These include chemical, polymer, metals, energy, utilities, food, pharmaceutical and petroleum manufacturing. Experience includes knowledge of unit processes, simulation and modeling and business practices utilizing application software designed for manufacturing operations. Experience in aligning organizations, strategy, business processes and technical architectures. At ARC, responsibilities include research and consulting in process industries. Technology focus is on manufacturing operations management, performance management, knowledge management and the role of the knowledge worker in manufacturing. Valentijn is focal point for the ARC Benchmarking Consortium in EMEA. Valentijn holds a PhD of technical sciences from Delft University of Technology (NL) in cooperation with Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris and IFP and also holds a Masters in Chemistry from Utrecht State University located in The Netherlands. Valentijn acts as independent expert-evaluator of research projects for the European Commission in the Information Technologies and Communication, and Social Sustainability in Manufacturing domains

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Wesley Vandewalle from GE
Wesley has +15 years of operation management, contract management, project management, proposal management and general automation and software implementation experience as Automation Engineer, Validation Consultant, Project Manager, Operation Management Consultant, Commercial Proposal Director and manager of a global team of commercial managers. Wesley started his career as an automation consultant acting as validation engineer and operation management consultant with various Pharmaceutical customers. He continued his career being part of a supply chain of a food company where he was doing engineering and Operation Management consultancy across Europe to improve overall profitability and efficiency. In GE Digital Wesley is currently leading a global team of contract and bid managers, assisting sales in closing large strategic software based (both premise & cloud) opportunities and contracts. Furthermore he delivers consultancy to a variety of different industries. He holds a master degree in electrical engineering.

IIC Speaker

Speaker tbc: Senior Representative of the Industrial Internet Consortium (US)

The Industrial Internet Consortium is a global not-for-profit, open membership organization formed to accelerate the development, adoption, and wide-spread use of interconnected machines and devices, intelligent analytics, and people at work. Founded by AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, IBM, and Intel in March 2014, the Industrial Internet Consortium catalyzes and coordinates the priorities and enabling technologies of the Industrial Internet.

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Innovation Action to support Industry in their transition to Industrial Internet, Ulrich Seldeslachts - Managing Director 3IF
Manufacturers today are facing big challenges ahead: High labor costs and the emergence of regions outside Europe has put revenue and market share under pressure. The introduction of new technologies has affected customer expectations in the area of time-to-market, performance of products and production, mass - customization and the evolution to co-creation. Also, the continuous automation of the industry has introduced new challenges with regards to industrial espionage, saboExpertisee, fraud, cyber security and even privacy. Through innovation to (safe and reliable) industrial internet, the sector can convert this revenue loss in growth. Industrial Internet will increase productivity and efficiency in the production process and improve the entire chain drastically. Processes will govern themselves, with intelligent machines that take corrective action to avoid unplanned downtime of machinery. Each mobile device indicates the status of any digital components within the production environment, providing employees mobile access to real-time information ... Sensors track the location of employees at the plant in case of emergency ... the possibilities seem endless…..Manufacturers in multiple industry sectors must start to innovate and make the transition in order to remain competetive. As will technology companies active in Industrial automation; and IT Security companies that are increasingly confronted with the challenges of protecting industrial control systems, production systems and production networks


Participation to this event is free of charge upon prior registration. To confirm your participation click here

About the organizers:

3IF – Industrial Internet Consortium Flanders – is an initiative by LSEC and Sirris to support the development of Industrial Internet, Industrie 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things in Belgium, especially towards the manufacturing industry. We will bring them closer to understanding the technologies for digital manufacturing, the impact on their business, and how they could make their first steps to improve flexibility, quality and cost reduction in their production process. Agoria brings together and defends the interests of companies in the technology industry. The federation is committed to the future of these companies and the nearly 275,000 people they employ. With 1,700 member companies, Agoria is the largest sectoral employers’ federation in Belgium. Agoria is active the 10 areas: Information and Communication Technology, Building Technology, Contracting, Materials Technology, Subcontracting, Production Technology & Mechatronics, Transport Systems & Solutions, Energy Systems & Solutions, Environment Systems & Solutions and Aeronautics, Space, Security and Defence Technology. Through its Expertise Centres, Agoria also offers assistance to members on matters of Talent and Labour market, Innovation, Energy, Environment, Social affairs, and Regulation and Standards (both technical and general).

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