Reconfigurable Manufacturing on Multiple Levels: Literature Review and Research Directions

  • Ann-Louise AndersenEmail author
  • Thomas D. Brunoe
  • Kjeld Nielsen
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology book series (IFIPAICT, volume 459)


Reconfigurable manufacturing has been widely labelled the manufacturing paradigm of the future, due to its ability to rapidly and cost-efficiently respond to changing market conditions. Manufacturing reconfigurability can be dealt with at various levels of the factory, and includes multiple design and operational issues related to both physical and logical reconfigurations. The purpose of this paper is to review state-of-the-art literature on reconfigurable manufacturing and provide an overview of the current body of research, by assessing which structuring levels of the factory and corresponding research issues that are dealt with. Conclusively, currently unexplored areas and interesting issues that could be addressed in future research are identified.


Reconfigurable manufacturing Reconfigurability Factory structuring levels Literature classification Literature review 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann-Louise Andersen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Thomas D. Brunoe
    • 1
  • Kjeld Nielsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing EngineeringAalborg UniversityAalborgDenmark

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