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The ConnectedFactories 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 industry and provide them with knowledge to make informed decisions regarding technology and business model choices to reinforce the European manufacturing industries’ position in the international scene.


Three pathways with a particular scope are being developed: 

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


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 pathway.



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