The Internet connected production line : realising the ambition of cloud manufacturing

Turner, Christopher and Mehnen, Jörn (2018) The Internet connected production line : realising the ambition of cloud manufacturing. In: WEBIST 2018: 14th International Conference on Web Information Systems and Technologies, 2018-09-18 - 2018-09-20, Seville, Spain. (

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This paper outlines a vision for Internet connected production complementary to the Cloud Manufacturing paradigm, reviewing current research and putting forward a generic outline of this form of manufacture. This paper describes the conceptual positioning and practical implementation of the latest developments in manufacturing practice such as Redistributed manufacturing, Cloud manufacturing and the technologies promoted by Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet agendas. In the illustration of the outline of web enabled production a case study is presented based on automotive manufacture. Existing and future needs for customized production and the manufacturing flexibility required are examined. Future directions for manufacturing, enabled by web based connectivity are then examined, concluding that the need for humans to remain ‘in the loop’ while automation develops is an essential ingredient of all future manufacturing scenarios.