Open Access Digital Tools’ Application Potential in Technological Process Planning: SMMEs Perspective

  • Roman Wdowik
  • R. M. Chandima RatnayakeEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 567)


This concept study focuses on technological process planning (TPP), taking into account the application potential of open access digital tools (OADT) in small- and medium-scale manufacturing enterprises (SMMEs). It presents the authors’ classification of digital tools (DT) used in the SMMEs and available groups of OADT. It also proposes possible scenarios’ potential for future TPP by taking into account the developments in artificial intelligence (AI) and immersive technologies, i.e. virtual and augmented realities (VR/AR). It also focuses on challenges and procedures regarding the implementation of DT in specific SMMEs’ environments, focusing on how open access tools play a crucial role at the first stages of SMME development, as these tools enable minimization of resource wastage. Although the capabilities of these tools are limited, it is vital to develop implementation strategies within a SMME, based on specific need(s).


Digital tools Open access Small-medium scale manufacturing enterprises Process planning Digitalization 



This study was developed within the project, “Science internship for the investigations of digitalization in manufacturing”, financed by the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange ( in the Bekker Programme.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and AeronauticsRzeszów University of TechnologyRzeszówPoland
  2. 2.Department of Mechanical and Structural Engineering and Materials ScienceUniversity of StavangerStavangerNorway

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