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Pathways to digitalisation of manufacturing


The ConnectedFactories project explores pathways that reflect how digitalisation and eventually the deployment of digital platforms can bring value to different kinds of manufacturing processes. This includes considerations on how digitalisation approaches will co-exist or even compete in a concrete business environment. Hence, ConnectedFactories will enhance the awareness among different stakeholders about the actual and future use of digital technologies in the manufacturing industry and provide them with knowledge to make informed decisions regarding technology and business model choices.


Currently three pathways with a particular scope are being developed: 

  • Hyperconnected Factories
  • Autonomous Smart Factories
  • Collaborative Product-Service Factories

Presentations of these pathways from a ConnectedFactories workshop held on 26 September 2018 can be found here.   It is likely that more pathways focussing on particular application objectives or contexts will be developed in the future.


Across these pathways, it is important to look at the SME perspective or the perspective of companies where digitalisation is still in the very early stages. This perspective is referred to as the ‘Small-Scale Digitised Factories’ perspective or 'persona'.



This is a draft video version of the presentation:


The pathways are also progressively introduced on the EFFRA Innovation Portal (see also the screenshot below): 




What happened before:

On 28 September 2017, a scenario-building workshop was organised in Brussels.  You can find the presentations from this workshop here.  As a result of the workshop, Deliverable 4.1 has been compiled and is availabe for download here


On 26 September 2018, a second European scenario-building workshop was held.  Deliverable 4.4 will reflect the progress and outlook of the development of the pathways and will be available in November 2018.