Masterclass I4.0

Masterclass I4.0

February 22 & 23, 2024

Shaping food factories of the future

How to make smart decisions in today’s Industry 4.0 era?

Despite the potential benefits of Industry 4.0, many (food) companies are still struggling to understand what it means for their business and how to implement it successfully. The information available on the topic is often fragmented, inconsistent or irrelevant for the specific challenges and opportunities of the food sector. That’s mainly why many food companies are missing out on the competitive advantage that Industry 4.0 can offer. 

However, next to a double-digit increase in operational excellence, Industry 4.0 could help food companies in dealing with the many challenges they are currently facing (think about sustainability, the war for talent, increasing demand complexity, food safety, raw material variability, operator wellbeing, and many more).

On February 22 and 23, 2024, we’re organizing a two-day masterclass to provide food companies with the insights that are needed to really start an Industry 4.0 transformation. We’ll offer theory lectures, workshops, tools and frameworks to help food companies make strategical and tactical decisions in today’s Industry 4.0 era. By the end of this masterclass, you will already have a first draft of your Industry 4.0 strategy, roadmap and governance. 

What to expect

  • Content based on academic research as well as real-life implementation experience and tailored to the challenges of the food industry
  • Workshops and individual coaching so you can apply insights to your own professional context
  • Access to learning material, templates, frameworks and an Industry 4.0 maturity report
  • Connect and exchange ideas and experiences with peers and experts on the spot or afterwards through our Industry4Food community 

For who?

This two-day masterclass is for anyone who is looking for direction in the I4.0 transformation of their manufacturing company. Whether you have already started or are still dreaming of it, this masterclass will ignite your inspiration and provide you with a solid foundation to shape your food factory of the future.  

This masterclass does not require any prior knowledge on the topic, nor technical skills. You can join if you are:

  • An executive who needs inspiration and strategy (CEO, COO, CIO, CTO)
  • A manager or director who wants to make I4.0 plans or decisions (Operations, Supply Chain, Plant, Production...)
  • An applications manager or director who wants to connect business and IT
  • Just genuinely interested in Industry 4.0


Feb 22, 2024

Day 1 starts at 8:30 and end at 17:00. 

During the day, you will explore the following modules:

MODULE 1: Industry 4.0 strategy 

  • Demystifying Industry 4.0: Is the fourth (or fifth) industrial revolution here?  
  • Explore the disruptive impact of Industry 4.0 technologies (IoT, big data analytics, AI, AR and VR) on food supply chains and business models.
  • Give your I4.0 transformation strategic direction: discover various strategies to implement Industry 4.0 and find out which one fits your organization most. 
  • Thirteen paradigm shifts to consider in any Industry 4.0 transformation.  \

MODULE 2: Organizing for Industry 4.0 

  • Explore organizational dimensions of Industry 4.0: what is the impact on your leadership, organizational structure and culture, processes, people and ecosystem?  

Feb 23, 2024

Day 2 starts at 8:30 and end at 17:00. 

During the day, you will explore the following modules:

MODULE 3: Industry 4.0 Roadmapping 

  • Learn how to make technological (IT/OT) choices in an Industry 4.0 context based on design principles and a future-proof Industry 4.0 architecture.
  • Translate your strategy and architecture into a multi-horizon Industry 4.0 roadmap, measure ROI and build, select and prioritize your projects.  
  • Pitch by Flanders’ FOOD on funding, research, knowledge sharing & innovation tracks 

MODULE 4: Industry 4.0 Governance 

  • Find out what governance is needed to implement your Industry 4.0 roadmap. 
  • What are common pitfalls and how to avoid them?  
  • Learn more about change management success factors in the context of Industry 4.0.

What else can you expect at our master class?

Individual track: Industry 4.0 coaching   

  • Complete an Industry 4.0 maturity survey for your organization and receive a detailed, tailored report.
  • Book a 1-hour timeslot with our experts to discuss a topic of choice. Do you want to pitch your roadmap and receive feedback? Perhaps you need advice on your architecture or technological choices? 

Community: Industry4Food

  • Stay in contact with peers and experts on Industry 4.0 in the food industry
  • Receive the latest reports, insights and tools

Our speakers

Our collaborating partners

Flanders food

Universiteit Antwerpen

Event details & registration

February 22 and 23, 2024, from 08:30 to 17:00

The registration price is €2.750 excl. VAT


delaware office Gent

Blue Tower 1, Sluisweg 1, 9000 Gent

2nd floor

There are plenty of accommodation options near the delaware office. 

Registrations are closed for this event

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