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ConnectedFactories - the project


The ‘digitalisation of manufacturing’ connects people, devices, machines and enterprises, and includes concepts such as 'Industrial Internet', 'digital manufacturing platforms' and the 'Internet of Things' (IoT).


The ConnectedFactories project establishes a structured overview of available and upcoming technological approaches and best practices. The project identifies present and future needs, as well as challenges, of the manufacturing industries.


The project explores pathways to the digital integration and interoperability of manufacturing systems and processes and the benefits this will bring. Hence, ConnectedFactories will enhance the awareness among companies of the use of digital technologies in the manufacturing sector, but also equip them with knowledge to make informed decisions regarding technology and business model choices. It will reinforce the European manufacturing industries’ position in the international scene.



The ConnectedFactories digitalisation pathways and the overal framework of the EFFRA Innovation Portal are used to characterise and put into context projects, technologies, demonstrators or cases on the digitalisation of manufacturing.    More information can be found here.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreements No 723777 (ConnectedFactories1) and 873086 (ConnectedFactories2).