Outlook report on the future of European assembly automation

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Abstract

Purpose 鈥� 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.
Original languageUnknown
Pages (from-to)7-31
JournalAssembly Automation
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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