Manufacturing Concepts of the Future – Upcoming Technologies Solving Upcoming Challenges

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This paper presents an examination of Western European manufacturers‘ future challenges as can be predicted today. Some of the challenges analyzed in the paper are: globalization, individualism and customization and agility challenges. Hereafter, the paper presents a broad analysis on manufacturing concepts and technologies that are being developed today which may be used to solve manufacturing challenges in the future, such as: (self) reconfigurable manufacturing systems, (focused) flexible manufacturing systems, and Al inspired manufacturing. The paper will try to offer a critical point of view on manufacturing hallenges, concepts, and technologies, and is meant to address both academia and industry.


Reconfigurable Manufacturing Systems Manufacturing Challenges Cognitive Factory Mass-Customization 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.LEGO System EngineeringÅstvej, BillundDK
  2. 2.The University of Southern DenmarkSønderborgDK

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