Manufacturing problem: Distributed

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Literature Review: Distributed problem for Manufacturing

This “Ten Problems for Manufacturing in the 2020s” booklet identifies ten relevant areas from very recent contributions put forward at academic level in the form journal articles, conference proceedings and students theses. Ten freely accessible internet references have been selected for each area and direct links are provided at the end of each chapter for own consultation. Our selected references do not intend to mirror ranking indexes nor establish novel classifications. On the contrary, they are meant to represent peer-reviewed, diverse and scientifically-sound case studies for vertical dissemination aimed at non-specialist readers. They will also be able to scoop even more references through the bibliography that is reported at the end of each selected reference.

Without further ado, these are the ten problems that we are going to introduce in this booklet:

  1. sustainability, 
  2. industry 4.0,
  3. smart,
  4. responsibility,
  5. additive,
  6. digitalization,
  7. supply chain,
  8. optimization,
  9. skills gap,
  10. distributed.

Each problem has its own dedicated chapter made of an introductory section, a short presentation of the ten selected references and a conclusions section.

The final chapter of this booklet will report the conclusions from each chapter again in order to provide a complete executive summary.

10 Distributed

THE PROBLEM — Distributed Manufacturing is an emerging theme expected to internationalize manufacturing in novel ways with accompanying sustainability benefits. It suggests the geographical distribution of manufacturing systems adjacent to the markets enable production on demand. That said, distributed configurations can face additional hurdles to achieve economies of scale. Regulatory issues are also relevant when sensible industries like healthcare are targeted.

CASE STUDIES — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

CONCLUSIONS — Distributed Manufacturing supply chains can reduce import-tariffs on goods, and create local manufacturing jobs in a post-global economy. The economic viability of the Distributed Manufacturing concept is identified as a significant barrier to relinquish the traditional centralized economies-of-scale. Blockchain solutions for sharing idle machine capacity on a marketplace for discrete manufacturing can be studied but they need further development. The cost-minimizing number of manufacturing locations does not vary significantly when taking into account a range of plausible improvements in the technology. In a multi-agent collaboration framework, it is essential to have a commitment to the promises: if participants cannot count on these commitments, the framework’s efficiency may decrease. In the food industry, the feasibility and potential of re-distributed manufacturing vary with the type of food product and the supply chain components. Interoperability has been identified to be a key enabler for implementing such vertically or horizontally integrated cyber-physical systems for production engineering. Two complementary strategies for expanding sustainable manufacturing distributions can be pursued: trade-off reduction and trade-off avoidance. Easing out the computational complexity, imposed by the integration of multiple functions, therefore, becomes an important aspect of next generation manufacturing planning systems. There are still important research challenges to realizing redistributed manufacturing benefits in healthcare industries.

TEN FREE REFERENCES FROM THE INTERNET — … buy this booklet from Amazon …

“Ten Problems for Manufacturing in the 2020s” booklet for Amazon Kindle, 2020; click on the cover to go to the dedicated Amazon listing page

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