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This annual conference does not need any further introduction; also for the 2017 edition we succeeded in bringing some of the most foremost international speakers to Flanders. Registration is free of charge but seats are limited. Register today and secure your seat

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 stage 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 stage. 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.


Is the platform where industrial innovations can meet cross industry, with the main theme of utilizing information technology to enable digital transformations, using internet technology. The 3IF conference brings together various technologies and use cases from different industries, with the aim to facilitate business modeling, creativity, concepts and advance towards optimal utilization of IoT, data analytics, big data, cloud and web services, with the opportunity presented by various digital evolutions and technologies and standards under developments. Best practices, major changes and revolutionary developments, coordinating proof of concepts, scaling up to production, process industry learning from discrete manufacturing and reversely, machine operators indicating needs to machines builders and reversely, how are we on an international level in Europe and versus the rest of the world. What can we expect from policy makers, solution providers and industry associations, sharing practical information, strategic insights and real-life experiences.

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
•Cyber Security for Industry

Preliminary Agenda:

The following agenda is under development and topics and speakers will be added in the process of the update. Please visit regularly to remain updated on the progress and developments, or register in order to receive the latest updates via email on a bi-monthly basis.

8.30 - 9.00 : Welcome & Registration, opening of the networking floor, coffee & snacks

Coffee, tea and waters offered throughout the morning sessions The networking floor remains open throughout the day for more quality face to face time during some of the talks. Participants will be inspired throughout the discussions in order to have an introduction during the breaks, and a more thorough discussion during the sessions. Conference attendees will be invited for one on one discussions with some of the partners, and setting up a specific schedule.

9.00 - 10.00 : Welcome & Opening keynotes

  • Ulrich Seldeslachts,
  • Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC Web
  • Joris Van Nielen, McKinsey & Company (NL)

10.00 -11.00 : Advisory & Analyst panel

  • Introductionary Keynote by Karthik Sundaram, Frost & Sullivan (US)
  • Valentijn de Leeuw, ARC Web (BE)
  • Joris Van Niel, McKinsey & Company (NL)
  • Alberto Ogura, Deloitte (NL)
  • Ken Forster, Cultivating Connected Industry (CH)

11.30 - 11.50 : Keynote : Innovating in Industry in Flanders - Industrie 4.0, by Leo Van De Loock, VLAIO & Cabinet Flemish Minister Muyters

11.50 - 13.15 : Practitioners Panel

  • Introductionary Keynote by : Michael Jochem, Director Innovations Cluster Connected Industry Robert Bosch Gmbh – previously Director Industrie 4.0 Bosch Rexroth (tbc)
  • Hakan Borglund, CIO; Toyota Material Handling Europe (TMHE) :
  • Peter VanHoecke, Vanhoecke (BE)
  • Serge Van Herck, Newtec (BE)
  • Vik Vandecaveye, CNH Industrial (BE)
  • Leo Van De Loock, VLAIO

13.15 - 14.15 : Lunch & Networking

14.15 - 15.15 : Connectivity Panel

In this panel, we'll be exploring the various mechanisms to connect industrial devices over wireless networks and how these are developing over time, indicating specific potential capabilities and challenges from the different technologies, how they are being picked up by the industry. Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • Proximus : LORA,
  • 4G M2M, Orange: Gert Pauwels
  • 5G : Huawei, tbc
  • ENGIE : Dirk Indigne, SigFox

15.15 - 16.15 : IoT deployment & scaling

IoT is another key enabler for digital industries. New sensors can be attached to brownfield operations, new machines are being considered as internet attached devices with many capabilities including sensing and serving as actuators. There is a multitude of offerings and a plethora of IoT today available, making it difficult to understand the specific capabilities for industry. In this panel, we'll be exploring some of the components in the ecosystem, how they can integrate, operate, be complementary and overlap. Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • AllThingsTalk : Tom Casaer, CEO
  • PTC Thingworx,
  • Versasense : Nelson Matthys, CEO
  • PLEQ : Tom Collins, CTO

16.15 - 17.15 : System Integrator Panel

One of the two most important challenges being faced today by organizations trying to take the next step into digital transformation is the challenge of integration. Parts of these challenges might be covered through ongoing standard developments, but most of the production environments have to work with existing legacy systems and brownfield operations, usually not even connected. Some approaches and best practices in integrating IoT, enhancing existing systems, integrating through OPC UA, through direct interfaces or mastering MES and ERP as next generation factory management environments.Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • Agidens, Tom Capiau, Innovation Manager
  • Koning & Hartman, Tim De Wolf, Smart Industry Advisor
  • Aptus : Frederik Van Nieuwland, Technical Partner
  • Advantech Europe : Jim Ten Broeke, IoT and Industrie 4.0
  • De Jaeger Automation : Ronald Van Laerebeke, COO

17.15 - 18.15 : Analytics, Industrial Data and Advanced Technologies

A major driver for Digital Transformation is the utilization of industrial data. Many industries have already started collecting massive amounts of data throughout the last decade. Many others still have to start to install data points and collect information from their operations and equipment. During this session, a insight in some exampes on how and where to integrate and what types of usage could support the efficiency of the operations, or even support the development and sales of new services. Each of the panel members will be presenting their specific capabilities followed by a panel discussion.

  • Trendminer, Thomas Dhollander, Co-Founder
  • IBM, Watson : (TBD)
  • FACTRY : Frederik Van Leeuwyck,
  • Yazzoom : Jan Van Hasselt, CEO

18.15 : Closing Keynote & Closing Notes : TBC

18.45 : Closing Reception

20.00 : End of Conference

Event Venue:

La Tricoterie, héodore Verhaegenstraat 158, 1060 Brussel
A unique location, previously linnen factory and contact factory, the conference location for 2017.

Visit the 3IF Conference 2017:
3IF Annual Conference 2017: Internet of Things & Digital Transformation for Industry
Tuesday 23 May from 8.30am till 8pm La Tricoterie, Théodore Verhaegenstraat 158, 1060 Brussel
Participation is free of charge upon prior registration

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