Industrialfairs, the organizer of five Belgian technology trade fairs, has joined forces with powering partners Agoria and Howest Industrial Design Center for a complete makeover of the Prototyping-MNE networking event.
In 2020, Prototyping-MNE was the joint trade fair that emerged from the combination of Machineering Network Event (manufacturing technology) and Prototyping (industrial design and prototyping). The complementarity actually existed to some extent even when both events were organized separately, and during the previous joint edition, exhibitors and organizers were well aware of possible additional synergies for the future.
This edition confirmed once again that the exponential shift to Industry 4.0 and digitalization is rapidly transforming all business units (which were formerly autonomous silos where communication was often poor) of a future-oriented manufacturing organization into one interactive and agile ecosystem. The customer of tomorrow wants to do business with manufacturing companies that have a strong online presence and enable rapid design configuration and ordering, with a short time-to-market, well-organized supply chains and flexible stocks.
D2M is the networking event where both designers/product developers and production-related department heads find a representative range of solutions developed in the Benelux to connect all the dots between designing and manufacturing.
Typical visitors of D2M will include:
♦ Metal, PVC and composite processing and transformation
♦ Machine building, high-tech systems & mechatronics
♦ Industrial co-creation, design, product development
♦ Electronics, component and equipment construction, precision technology and precision industry
♦ Industrial subcontracting, Tier 1 & 2, manufacturing companies and sheltered workshops
♦ Aerospace & automotive industry, energy
♦ Manufacturing industry
In short, the new value chain of the smart manufacturing company requires a dynamic and digital integration of all relevant processes combined with the use of innovative production and design techniques. Departments such as design, engineering, rapid prototyping, planning, maintenance, production, supply chain, assembly, logistics, sales and aftersales are becoming one interactive platform of people and technologies. New technologies (such as generative design, additive manufacturing, connected and AI-driven manufacturing equipment, predictive maintenance, etc.) are increasingly being adopted throughout the industry.