The ultimate goal of the factory of the future is to interconnect every step of the manufacturing process. Factories are organizing unprecedented technical systems integration across domains, hierarchy, geographic boundaries, value chains and life cycle phases. This integration will only be a success if the technology is supported by global consensus-based International Standards.
What will manufacturing look like in the future? How will humans and machines communicate with each other? Will our work environment adapt to our needs? Nimble, adaptive and intelligent manufacturing processes will be the measurement of success. The combination of “virtual” and “real” to gain a full view of the complete value chain will allow factories to make products more rapidly, more efﬁciently and with greater return, using fewer resources. To keep up with the rapid pace of advancing technology, manufacturers will need to invest in both digital technologies and highly skilled technical talent to reap the benefits offered by these fast-paced factories.
This White Paper assesses the potential global needs, beneﬁts, concepts and pre-conditions for the factory of the future. It identiﬁes the business trends in related technologies and markets and their impact on data, people, technologies and Standards.
The White Paper was developed by the IEC Market Strategy Board (MSB) in cooperation with the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation IPA.