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|Title:||Outlook report on the future of European assembly automation|
|Author(s):||Mauro Onori, (KTH, Stockholm, Sweden), José Barata Oliveira, (Uninova, Caparica, Portugal)|
|Citation:||Mauro Onori, José Barata Oliveira, (2010) "Outlook report on the future of European assembly automation", Assembly Automation, Vol. 30 Iss: 1, pp.7 - 31|
|Keywords:||Assembly, Automation, Europe|
|Article type:||Research paper|
|DOI:||10.1108/01445151011016028 (Permanent URL)|
|Publisher:||Emerald Group Publishing Limited|
Purpose – This roadmap is primarily concerned with the adaptive assembly technology situation in Europe, a topic of particular interest as assembly is often the final process within manufacturing operations. Being the final set of operations on the product, and being traditionally labour-intensive, assembly has been considerably affected by globalisation. Therefore, unlike most technology roadmaps, this report will not focus solely on particular technologies, but will strive to form a broader perspective on the conditions that may come to influence the opportunities, including political aspects and scientific paradigms. The purpose of this paper is to convey a complete view of the global mechanisms that may come to affect technological breakthroughs, and also present strategies that may better prepare for such a forecast.
Design/methodology/approach – The paper describes a technological roadmap.
Findings – This paper provides a complete overview of all aspects that may come to affect assembly in Europe within the next 20 years.
Originality/value – The paper gives an original Evolvable Ultra Precision Assembly Systems FP6 project result which will be of general interest for strategic R&D.
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