Mass Personalization with Industry 4.0 by SMEs: a concept for collaborative networks

I.A.R. Torn, Thomas H.J. Vaneker

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    Industry 4.0 (I4.0) increases flexibility of production processes to fabricate products with a level of customization that resembles the era of crafts manufacturing. Despite global competition, personalization is a differentiation strategy applied by manufacturers to remain distinctive. By incorporating personalized products next to their core products, Small-, and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) can respond to the demand for personalized products where individualization adds value. Yet, personalization comes along with high variation due to small series, or even individually unique products. To cope with this variation, SMEs need cost-effective, intuitive solutions to benefit from I4.0 involving minimal efforts. This study presents a concept increasing the capacities of SMEs to capitalize on mass personalization via a collaborative network.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)135-141
    Number of pages7
    JournalProcedia manufacturing
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019
    Event7th International conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual production, CARV 2018 - Nantes , France
    Duration: 8 Oct 201810 Oct 2018
    Conference number: 7


    • Collaborative Network
    • Distributed Manufacturing
    • Mass Customisation
    • Personalisation

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