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Factories of the Future

The Italian Flagship Initiative

  • Tullio Tolio
  • Giacomo Copani
  • Walter Terkaj


  • Addresses complementary multidisciplinary research and innovation domains for the implementation of the factory of the future

  • Focuses both on research quality/novelty and on its industrial application

  • Presents hardware/software prototypes as the main outcome of the related industrial research

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Walter Terkaj, Tullio Tolio
      Pages 3-35 Open Access
  3. Evolutionary and Reconfigurable Factory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Andrea Cataldo, Ivan Cibrario Bertolotti, Riccardo Scattolini
      Pages 39-56 Open Access
    3. Marcello Urgo, Walter Terkaj, Franca Giannini, Stefania Pellegrinelli, Stefano Borgo
      Pages 57-82 Open Access
    4. Andrea Ballarino, Alessandro Brusaferri, Amedeo Cesta, Guido Chizzoli, Ivan Cibrario Bertolotti, Luca Durante et al.
      Pages 83-108 Open Access
    5. Giacomo Copani, Nicoletta Picone, Marcello Colledani, Monica Pepe, Alessandro Tasora
      Pages 109-128 Open Access
  4. Sustainable Factory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Simona Ortelli, Anna Luisa Costa, Cristian Torri, Chiara Samorì, Paola Galletti, Claudia Vineis et al.
      Pages 131-148 Open Access
    3. Giacomo Copani, Marcello Colledani, Alessandro Brusaferri, Antonio Pievatolo, Eugenio Amendola, Maurizio Avella et al.
      Pages 149-169 Open Access
  5. Factory for the People

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 171-171
    2. Alessandro Pecora, Luca Maiolo, Antonio Minotti, Massimiliano Ruggeri, Luca Dariz, Matteo Giussani et al.
      Pages 173-196 Open Access
    3. Jacopo Aleotti, Giorgio Micconi, Stefano Caselli, Giacomo Benassi, Nicola Zambelli, Manuele Bettelli et al.
      Pages 197-214 Open Access
  6. Factory for Customised and Personalised Products

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 215-215
    2. Laura Macchion, Irene Marchiori, Andrea Vinelli, Rosanna Fornasiero
      Pages 217-231 Open Access
    3. Ettore Lanzarone, Stefania Marconi, Michele Conti, Ferdinando Auricchio, Irene Fassi, Francesco Modica et al.
      Pages 233-254 Open Access
    4. Tommaso Zandrini, Raffaella Suriano, Carmela De Marco, Roberto Osellame, Stefano Turri, Francesca Bragheri
      Pages 255-273 Open Access
    5. Antonino Bonanno, Mariarosa Raimondo, Michele Pinelli
      Pages 275-292 Open Access
  7. Advanced-Performance Factory

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293

About this book


This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license.
This book presents results relevant in the manufacturing research field, that are mainly aimed at closing the gap between the academic investigation and the industrial application, in collaboration with manufacturing companies. Several hardware and software prototypes represent the key outcome of the scientific contributions that can be grouped into five main areas, representing different perspectives of the factory domain:
1) Evolutionary and reconfigurable factories to cope with dynamic production contexts characterized by evolving demand and technologies, products and processes.
2) Factories for sustainable production, asking for energy efficiency, low environmental impact products and processes, new de-production logics, sustainable logistics.
3) Factories for the People who need new kinds of interactions between production processes, machines, and human beings to offer a more comfortable and stimulating working environment.
4) Factories for customized products that will be more and more tailored to the final user’s needs and sold at cost-effective prices.
5) High performance factories to yield the due production while minimizing the inefficiencies caused by failures, management problems, maintenance.
This books is primarily targeted to academic researchers and industrial practitioners in the manufacturing domain.


digital manufacturing manufacturing sustainability smart factories production systems production technology

Editors and affiliations

  • Tullio Tolio
    • 1
  • Giacomo Copani
    • 2
  • Walter Terkaj
    • 3
  1. 1.Director of the Italian Flagship Project “Factories of the Future”, Direttore del Progetto Bandiera “La Fabbrica del Futuro”CNR - National Research Council of ItalyRomeItaly
  2. 2.CNR-STIIMA, Istituto di Sistemi e Tecnologie Industriali Intelligenti per il Manifatturiero AvanzatoMilanItaly
  3. 3.CNR-STIIMA, Istituto di Sistemi e Tecnologie Industriali Intelligenti per il Manifatturiero AvanzatoMilanItaly

About the editors

Tullio Antonio Maria Tolio is Full Professor of “Manufacturing and Production Systems” at Politecnico di Milano. He is the Director of ITIA-CNR (Institute of Industrial Technologies and Automation of the National Research Council of Italy).
During his career, he has covered the positions of: Head of the Ph.D. program in “Manufacturing and Production Systems” of Politecnico di Milano, Member of the Evaluation Board of Politecnico di Milano, Delegate of the Rector of Politecnico di Milano on "Quality assurance in education".
He has published more than 150 papers in international journals and international conferences. He has been Associate Editor of the “SME Journal of Manufacturing Systems”; he is currently member of the Editorial Board of the “CIRP Journal of Manufacturing Science and Technology (CIRP-JMST)” and member of the Editorial Board of the “CIRP Annals”. He is Editor in Chief of “CIRP Encyclopedia of Production Engineering”.
He is “Fellow” of the CIRP (the International Academy for Production Engineering) and Member of the Directory Board of AITEM Italian Association for Manufacturing (Associazione Italiana di Tecnologia Meccanica); he has been visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
During his career he has taught more than 40 courses (10 credits each) including “Manufacturing”, “Integrated Production Systems” at Bachelor level, “Reconfigurable manufacturing systems” “Quality Management” at Master level in the degree programs of “Industrial Engineering” and “Mechanical Engineering”. During the last ten years, he has been teaching “Research Management” offered to all the PhD students of Politecnico di Milano.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Factories of the Future
  • Book Subtitle The Italian Flagship Initiative
  • Editors Tullio Tolio
    Giacomo Copani
    Walter Terkaj
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • License CC BY
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-94357-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-94358-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XI, 494
  • Number of Illustrations 32 b/w illustrations, 136 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Industrial and Production Engineering
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