Prioritising Low Cost Digital Solutions Required by Manufacturing SMEs: A Shoestring Approach

  • Benjamin SchönfußEmail author
  • Duncan McFarlane
  • Nicky Athanassopoulou
  • Liz Salter
  • Lavindra de Silva
  • Svetan Ratchev
Conference paper
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 853)


This paper establishes a reference set of those low cost digital solutions needed by small and medium sized manufacturers – SMEs – and proposes a method for determining development priorities using input from reference groups of SMEs. The paper describes the approach taken to identifying and classifying common digital solutions used in manufacturing and the results from a series of workshops in which company representatives prioritise different solution types to help guide developments.


Digital manufacturing Low-cost automation Digitalisation strategy Manufacturing SMEs 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Benjamin Schönfuß
    • 1
    Email author
  • Duncan McFarlane
    • 1
  • Nicky Athanassopoulou
    • 1
  • Liz Salter
    • 1
  • Lavindra de Silva
    • 1
  • Svetan Ratchev
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  2. 2.University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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