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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.


Three pathways with a particular scope within the overal contect of manufacturing have been developed during teh ConnectedFactories 1 project (2016-2019): 

  • 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 ; including a video)

Also during ConnectedFactories 1, a pathway on cybersecurity for manufacturing has been drafted.  It was presented at the Cybersecurity for manufacturing workshop in October 2018.  (See this presentation on slide 27). 


In ConnectedFactories 2, work has focused on the development of two new pathways:

  • Circular economy for manufacturing.  A recorded presentation can be found here.
  • Data spaces for manufacturing.  A recorded presentation can be found here.

You can find the associated deliverables that desribe these pathways here.


Work is underway to fine-tune these pathways and associate cases to these pathways that illustrate the way forward by example.  There is it important that many cases also reflect the requirements and the context of SMEs.


For a basic introduction into ConnectedFactories Pathways and an invitation to contribute, have a look at this video:


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