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Factory of the future


What will manufacturing look like in the future? How will humans and machines communicate with each other? Will our work environment adapt to our needs?


In the factory of the future humans will have to come to terms with an increasing complexity of processes, machines and components. This will require new operating concepts for optimized human-machine interaction.


Nimble, adaptive and intelligent manufacturing processes will be the measurement of success. The combination of “virtual” and “real” inorder to get a full view of the complete value chain will allow factories to produce products more rapidly, more efficiently and with greater return, using fewer resources.


This White Paper assesses the potential global needs, benefits, concepts and pre-conditions for the factory of the future. It identifies the business trends in related technologies and markets, as well as their impact on data, people, technologies and standards.


This White Paper was prepared by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) factory of the future project team in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA.