What Does ‘Factory of the Future’ Really Mean?

ABB describes their vision of the flexible, automated factory 4.0.

One of the goals of flexible manufacturing and advanced automation is to make production of one single part as cost-effective as a mass production run. Digital manufacturing technologies such as network-connected machines are bringing this goal closer to reality.

In this video, ABB head of global product management Hui Zhang explains ABB’s take on the term. 

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Jim Anderton is the Director of Content for ENGINEERING.com. Mr. Anderton was formerly editor of Canadian Metalworking Magazine and has contributed to a wide range of print and on-line publications, including Design Engineering, Canadian Plastics, Service Station and Garage Management, Autovision, and the National Post. He also brings prior industry experience in quality and part design for a Tier One automotive supplier.