COTEMACO SME support success: Over 1250 jobs maintained and 280 new jobs created

Last month, Flanders Make welcomed companies, researchers, and robotics and digitalisation enthusiasts to their Leuven facilities for COTEMACO’s last-ever project conference. ‘Future-proofing European SMEs through Digitalization & Robotization’ marked the culmination of the 4-year long Interreg North-West Europe project which has supported 65 companies from the automotive, agro-food, and flexible assembly sectors in future-proofing their…

Future-proofing EU businesses through automation

Since 2018, COTEMACO has supported more than 50 companies in future-proofing their business through automation. As part of the free COTEMACO SME Support Programme, funded by the Interreg North-West Europe Programme, the project partners have engaged with manufacturing SMEs through field labs. These regional field labs in the Netherlands, the UK, Belgium and Germany have…

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…