Contents of this talk





Not about LAB ( I’ll try… )
the Red Star Line
Production in FLANDERS
Our approach

 Warnin...
“THE RED STAR LINE”
 1820: first steamship
 From 1820-1920 steep evolution
Diesel engines start a revolution
 Fuel savi...
“THE RED STAR LINE”
 The large investments in
early 20th century went to
ship transport
 Investments were made to
make s...
Paradigm shifts
 Keep focus on the real goal
 Nice examples today: additive manufacturing!
 But what about manufacturin...
Product life cycle
Life cycle of a PRODUCTION PROCESS
1

2

3

1.
2.
3.
4.

Development
Early stage
Saturation
4
Decrease
...
PRODUCTION IN FLANDERS
 WE (=european companies) typically reside at phase 1
and 2, when
 Investment in development is d...
Production in Flanders
 What is happening today?
 Life cycles get very short in time, so the integral under
the curve ge...
What is the shift here?
 We need to be alone in phase 1 and 2 !
 Instead of shopping for machines and technologies, we
h...
How can we do this?
 We need to be alone in phase 1 and 2 !
 Instead of shopping for machines and technologies, we have
...
How can we do this?
 No classic machine tool
builders but new cooperation
model!
 Build the machine like you
make a LEGO...
Challenge
CORE PROCESS
- Turning
- Milling
- Lasercutting
- EDM
- Grinding
- …

PRECISION MOTION
SYSTEMS
- Gantries
- XY-s...
What do we do?
we make FAST
boats

we make air
bearings

We bring you
over the
ocean!

We make
motion
systems !
company pr...
What do we do?
- ‘flying’ machines: thin air film of 5µm
- frictionless
- precise and stiff!
- own motor development

- A ...
Simulation and design
Mechatronic approach:
 Air bearing modeling
 Structural FEM-simulation
 Simulation magnetic flux
...
Production & Assembly
 Diamond turning lathe
 Dedicated assembly tools

15
Measurement & calibration
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



Temperature controlled room
Roundness tester
Profile measurement
Laser interferometer,…...
17
18
Examples

19
Tool example
 AMOS (Liège), builds
telescopes
 Innovative indexing
stage for producing
Fresnel lenzes
 Continuus number...
Our approach
 Adaptation of existing micromilling machine

company presentation

21
Our approach
 Existing micromilling machine
 Development of a 4th + 5th Axis
 + drivers etc.

company presentation

22
Our approach
 20 weeks from order to delivery

company presentation

23
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Sirris manufacturing day 2013 LAB Motion Systems - Wim Van de Vijver

  1. 1. Contents of this talk     Not about LAB ( I’ll try… ) the Red Star Line Production in FLANDERS Our approach  Warning: blue = general , grey = commercial  company presentation 1
  2. 2. “THE RED STAR LINE”  1820: first steamship  From 1820-1920 steep evolution Diesel engines start a revolution  Fuel saving!  Speed!  Race in passenger transport : Race to make the fastest ship!  London – New-York in 3 days and 6 hours! company presentation 2
  3. 3. “THE RED STAR LINE”  The large investments in early 20th century went to ship transport  Investments were made to make ships even faster, with a goal to transfer the ocean in 24 hours!  But: after WWII  PARADIGM SHIFT  A complete other technology wins: air planes! company presentation 3
  4. 4. Paradigm shifts  Keep focus on the real goal  Nice examples today: additive manufacturing!  But what about manufacturing today? WHAT ARE WE CHASING AT?  Cut costs / lean manufacturing / high efficiency / optimize material / … company presentation 4
  5. 5. Product life cycle Life cycle of a PRODUCTION PROCESS 1 2 3 1. 2. 3. 4. Development Early stage Saturation 4 Decrease OMZET TOEGEVOEGDE WAARDE Stretch out! Keeping this short in time! company presentation Time 5
  6. 6. PRODUCTION IN FLANDERS  WE (=european companies) typically reside at phase 1 and 2, when  Investment in development is done (beginning life cycle)  When gross margin is highest  When turnover increases further, gross margin drops, low-cost countries come-in, high-cost countries drop out  Remark: applicable at SME-level, but also within multinationals company presentation 6
  7. 7. Production in Flanders  What is happening today?  Life cycles get very short in time, so the integral under the curve gets smaller!  Asian countries invest in production machines, so will get phase 1&2 also!  We are purchasing in the same shop as Asian companies  With a smaller budget   With a smaller demand company presentation 7
  8. 8. What is the shift here?  We need to be alone in phase 1 and 2 !  Instead of shopping for machines and technologies, we have to make our machines !  Extending phase 2!  Sweat spot is where the gross margin is high and turnover ramps up! company presentation 8
  9. 9. How can we do this?  We need to be alone in phase 1 and 2 !  Instead of shopping for machines and technologies, we have to make our machines !  Extending phase 2!  In Flanders: A lot of process knowledge available, but no machine builders tradition!  Excellent knowledge network available  SIRRIS  FMTC … company presentation 9
  10. 10. How can we do this?  No classic machine tool builders but new cooperation model!  Build the machine like you make a LEGO  Production process owner takes part in machine development company presentation 10
  11. 11. Challenge CORE PROCESS - Turning - Milling - Lasercutting - EDM - Grinding - … PRECISION MOTION SYSTEMS - Gantries - XY-stages - Rotary stages - Tilt stages - Motion control - … PRODUCTION CONTROL - CNC-control - CAD/CAM - Production planning - … company presentation 11
  12. 12. What do we do? we make FAST boats we make air bearings We bring you over the ocean! We make motion systems ! company presentation 12
  13. 13. What do we do? - ‘flying’ machines: thin air film of 5µm - frictionless - precise and stiff! - own motor development - A µ-company ! 13
  14. 14. Simulation and design Mechatronic approach:  Air bearing modeling  Structural FEM-simulation  Simulation magnetic flux 14
  15. 15. Production & Assembly  Diamond turning lathe  Dedicated assembly tools 15
  16. 16. Measurement & calibration     Temperature controlled room Roundness tester Profile measurement Laser interferometer,… 16
  17. 17. 17
  18. 18. 18
  19. 19. Examples 19
  20. 20. Tool example  AMOS (Liège), builds telescopes  Innovative indexing stage for producing Fresnel lenzes  Continuus number of positions: 2.3 Million stable angular positions! company presentation 20
  21. 21. Our approach  Adaptation of existing micromilling machine company presentation 21
  22. 22. Our approach  Existing micromilling machine  Development of a 4th + 5th Axis  + drivers etc. company presentation 22
  23. 23. Our approach  20 weeks from order to delivery company presentation 23

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