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Factories of the Future

The Italian Flagship Initiative

  • 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

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Table of contents (21 chapters)

  1. Advanced-Performance Factory

    1. Surface Nano-structured Coating for Improved Performance of Axial Piston Pumps

      • Antonino Bonanno, Mariarosa Raimondo, Stefano Zapperi
      Pages 295-314Open Access
    2. Monitoring Systems of an Electrospinning Plant for the Production of Composite Nanofibers

      • Luca Bonura, Giacomo Bianchi, Diego Omar Sanchez Ramirez, Riccardo Andrea Carletto, Alessio Varesano, Claudia Vineis et al.
      Pages 315-337Open Access
    3. Plastic Lab-on-Chip for the Optical Manipulation of Single Cells

      • Rebeca Martínez Vázquez, Gianluca Trotta, Annalisa Volpe, Melania Paturzo, Francesco Modica, Vittorio Bianco et al.
      Pages 339-363Open Access
    4. CIGS-Based Flexible Solar Cells

      • Edmondo Gilioli, Cristiano Albonetti, Francesco Bissoli, Matteo Bronzoni, Pasquale Ciccarelli, Stefano Rampino et al.
      Pages 365-382Open Access
    5. Mechano-Chemistry of Rock Materials for the Industrial Production of New Geopolymeric Cements

      • Piero Ciccioli, Donatella Capitani, Sabrina Gualtieri, Elena Soragni, Girolamo Belardi, Paolo Plescia et al.
      Pages 383-407Open Access
    6. Silk Fibroin Based Technology for Industrial Biomanufacturing

      • Valentina Benfenati, Stefano Toffanin, Camilla Chieco, Anna Sagnella, Nicola Di Virgilio, Tamara Posati et al.
      Pages 409-430Open Access
  2. Conclusions

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 431-431
    2. Key Research Priorities for Factories of the Future—Part I: Missions

      • Tullio Tolio, Giacomo Copani, Walter Terkaj
      Pages 433-474Open Access
    3. Key Research Priorities for Factories of the Future—Part II: Pilot Plants and Funding Mechanisms

      • Tullio Tolio, Giacomo Copani, Walter Terkaj
      Pages 475-494Open Access

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

  • Director of the Italian Flagship Project “Factories of the Future”, Direttore del Progetto Bandiera “La Fabbrica del Futuro”, CNR - National Research Council of Italy, Rome, Italy

    Tullio Tolio

  • CNR-STIIMA, Istituto di Sistemi e Tecnologie Industriali Intelligenti per il Manifatturiero Avanzato, Milan, Italy

    Giacomo Copani, Walter Terkaj

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:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Engineering, Engineering (R0)

  • Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019

  • License: CC BY

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-94357-2Published: 25 February 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-94358-9Published: 14 February 2019

  • 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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  • ISBN: 978-3-319-94357-2
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