With the ‘FlexIn²Log’ project, VIL and Sirris want the manufacturing industry to gain practical experience in making the supply chain to the production floor flexible and efficient.

status: Running | theme: Digital transformation | type: Regional

On the one hand, supply and internal logistics must become more flexible and transparent in order to take material transport and transfer away from production workers. On the other hand, more automation is needed to safeguard internal logistics from too much manual work and errors in its planning or control. How can digital technologies/platforms and digitally controlled autonomous mobile robots be implemented more quickly to achieve flexibility and efficiency gains? How can this create added value in practice, also in SME companies? VIL, together with the manufacturing companies and their logistics and ICT partners, will answer all these questions in a very practical way.


  • Accelerating and aligning the logistics supply chain to facilitate production changes
  • Reducing internal delivery quantities (less stock in production)
  • Increasing the predictability of logistical movements
  • Relieving operators of non-production tasks
  • Drastically reducing the number of errors (missing or wrong components in production)
  • Increasing productivity and competitiveness by automating and optimizing the logistics processes on the production floor, the warehouse logistics preceding it and the supply chain of materials and parts

Specific activities

  • Overview of state-of-the art technologies for:
    • Digitizing the flow of goods between warehouse and production
    • The digitization and monitoring of inbound logistics through existing management systems
    • Automating internal transport towards production floor
  • Executing PoCs for automated transport between warehouse and production with AMRs
  • Conducting PoCs on digitizing the order picking in f.i.v. production and setting up a logistics concept for digital planning/control of inbound and internal logistics tasks linked to existing WMS/ERP/MES
  • Setting up demonstrators based on generic use cases
  • Developing a toolbox to evolve from the current to the desired future situation: determining ROI, do’s and don’ts, work methodology, task distribution of operators and AMRs


Practical details

Start: September 2022
End: August 2024

Participating companies

32 companies: 24Flow, ABB, ADB Safegate, Altachem, AVL Powders, CDM-Stravitec, CGK Group, Dana International, De Craecker Matrijzen, Easy Systems, Ervo-Projects, Esma, Flagstone, Gibas, Haelvoet, Logflow, MD Automation, Melexis, Mondi Poperinge, MSD Metalworking, Novy, Paneltim, Pilz, Premium Sound Solutions, Saey, Scania, Scott Automation, Sick, TE Connectivity Belgium, Tekniplex, Van Hoecke Automation and WH Brady.

Kick Off september 22nd 2022 SIG Aalst

Would you like to know more?

Contact Luc Pleysier (luc.pleysier@vil.be)

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