Meet Tweety: the bakery cobot

Meet Tweety, the collaborative robot (cobot) increasing efficiency, limiting food waste and improving ergonomics at Mariën Bakkerij Producten in Belgium. Nowadays, it can be very difficult for bakeries to recruit people and the need for automation is only growing stronger. That is why Mariën Bakkerij Producten decided to seek automated solutions to make the best…

Interreg tour at ZeMA

Interreg tour at ZeMA On August 26th 2020, ZeMA welcomed a group of thirty visitors as part of an Interreg tour to present its two current Interreg projects COTEMACO and Robotix Academy. The visit was organised by Europe Direct Saarbrücken, an information center of the state capital, which informs citizens about EU topics on behalf…

Two Belgian companies to integrate cobots after completing COTEMACO SME Support Programme

Two Belgian companies to integrate cobots after completing COTEMACO SME Support Programme Food processing SME Mariën Bakkerij Producten N.V. and manufacturer of innovative health, sport and fitness products Aminolabs, are well on their way to cobot adoption, having made it through the COTEMACO SME Support programme.  The SME support programme guides manufacturing SMEs through the process of adopting…

SMEs are taking a step towards digital transformation

SMEs are taking a step towards digital transformation It is anything but easy for SMEs to invest in digital innovation, while it is crucial for their future. Flanders Make research center helps them to make the transition to Industry 4.0, including through various European projects. For example, Flanders Make is part of a prestigious network that gathers…

Food manufacture 4.0 – automation and robotics at the service of food manufacturing

Food manufacture 4.0 – automation and robotics at the service of food manufacturing Andrea Paoli, Head of Food Manufacturing, Robotics and Automation at the National Centre for Food Manufacturing, University of Lincoln, explores how a systematic use of automation and robotic systems could facilitate a major advancement in food manufacturing efficiency during times of unsustainable…

Afraid of robots? Meet the cobots!

Afraid of robots? Meet the cobots! 6 questions to Dr. Matthias Hoffmann and Dr. Oliver Mueller from BEST, the Advice Centre for socially acceptable Technology-Designing in Saarbrücken, Germany and partner in the Interreg North-West Europe COTEMACO (Increased NWE COmpetitiveness Through Efficient MAn & Machine COllaboration) project.   Automation at the workplace is often perceived as…