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Pathways to digitalisation of manufacturing

Pathways to digitalisation of manufacturing reflect how digitalisation and eventually the deployment of digital platforms can bring value within different kinds of manufacturing perspectives, such as factory automation, value networks or product-service development. The pathways enhance the awareness among different stakeholders about the actual and future use of digital technologies in manufacturing and facilitate the migration from legacy situations towards innovative approaches.


Currently three pathways with a particular scope are being developed: 

  • Autonomous Smart Factories (more on this page, see also the video here below)
  • Hyperconnected Factories  (more on this page, including a video)
  • Collaborative Product-Service Factories (more on this page ; a video will be available soon)


Deliverable 4.7 reflects a snapshot at the end of December 2019 of the progress and outlook of the development of the pathways.  It is available for download here.


Across these pathways, it is important to look at the SME perspective or the perspective of companies where digitalisation is still in the very early stages. This perspective is referred to as the ‘Small-Scale Digitised Factories’ perspective.



Watch: Introduction to Pathways


(We recommend viewing in HD. Click on YouTube to view in full screen)



Presentations of these pathways from a ConnectedFactories workshop held on 26 September 2018 can be found here.   It is likely that more pathways focussing on particular application objectives or contexts will be developed in the future. 


Projects, project results and demonstrators are described and positioned on the pathways via the EFFRA Innovation Portal.   See below how the project FAR-EDGE is currently positioned on the pathways 'Autonomous Smart Factories'


First in the 'List' view:

In the 'Kanban' view:




Please see here for more information about how you can share your projects and cases and position these on the pathways.