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umati has new partner Sirris

By 03.03.2021September 26th, 2022Partner News


Sir­ris is now part of the umati com­munity and the first Bel­gian partner.


What expect­a­tions do you have of umati, what do you expect from the partnership?

“For the Bel­gian tech­no­lo­gic­al industry, con­nectiv­ity of their pro­duc­tion sys­tems is import­ant to enable digit­iz­a­tion and reap the bene­fits of Industry 4.0. To solve the inter­op­er­ab­il­ity chal­lenge caused by dif­fer­ent gen­er­a­tions of pro­duc­tion machines (leg­acy and new), formats and pro­to­cols, open domain stand­ards for dif­fer­ent types of pro­cesses, machines and equip­ment are cru­cial. We want to help Bel­gian man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pan­ies as well as their tech­no­logy sup­pli­ers to early apply these new stand­ards. We also want to con­trib­ute to shap­ing Umati so that it responds to their needs.”
Véro­nique Dos­sogne, Engin­eer Smart Pro­duc­tion & Fact­ory of the Future 

What advant­ages does umati offer your com­pany and your customers?

“On the one hand we want to know which tech­no­logy sup­pli­ers want to sup­port and offer umati in the future. On the oth­er hand, we want to cooper­ate with oth­er European part­ners on recent devel­op­ments and proofs of concept. More con­cretely, start­ing from the needs of Bel­gian com­pan­ies we aim to:

  • build a demon­strat­or illus­trat­ing the poten­tial to industry;
  • dis­cov­er the bene­fits, pos­sible lim­it­a­tions and the level of detail of the data models;
  • check the deploy­ment of the umati mod­els for machines and equip­ment on their feas­ib­il­ity in SMEs;
  • offer know­ledge and sup­port for the imple­ment­a­tion of umati;
  • provide feed­back towards the OPC UA mod­els that umati covers.

Being mem­ber of the umati eco­sys­tem gives us the oppor­tun­ity to be inspired by and apply oth­er umati mem­bers’ best-prac­tices and approach. Sir­ris is there­fore proud to be the first umati research part­ner in Belgium.”
Jakob Keste­loot, Engin­eer IoT 

How do you eval­u­ate the expan­sion of the Umati ini­ti­at­ive to the entire mech­an­ic­al engin­eer­ing industry?

“Sir­ris offers sup­port to the entire tech­no­logy industry in Bel­gi­um. The fact that umati is not lim­it­ing itself to one par­tic­u­lar machine industry is there­fore very inter­est­ing to us. Com­mu­nic­a­tion between dif­fer­ent machines, robots, AGVs, … requires a wide cov­er­age, such as umati offers. We see umati as a lead­ing ini­ti­at­ive in the rol­lout of Industry 4.0. Sir­ris would like to help umati to geo­graph­ic­ally expand to the Bel­gian pro­duc­tion industry and we want to raise aware­ness with the Bel­gian com­pan­ies of the oppor­tun­it­ies umati has to offer them.”
Jan Kem­pen­eers, Prin­cip­al Engin­eer Smart and Digit­al Factory


About Sir­ris

Sir­ris is the col­lect­ive centre for and by the Bel­gian tech­no­logy industry. At Sir­ris, we help com­pan­ies innov­ate and make their product, fact­ory and busi­ness future­proof. Each year more than 150 experts help about 1,300 com­pan­ies to make the right tech­no­lo­gic­al choices and to real­ise their innov­a­tion pro­jects suc­cess­fully. Our people, com­bined with our exclus­ive, high-tech infra­struc­ture on dif­fer­ent sites over the coun­try and our extens­ive net­work of (inter)national part­ners, give us a unique pos­i­tion in indus­tri­al tech­no­lo­gic­al innov­a­tion in Bel­gi­um. More at [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]