Manufacturing Paradigm Shift Towards Better Sustainability

  • Z. M. BiEmail author
  • Lihui Wang
Part of the Springer Series in Advanced Manufacturing book series (SSAM)


A system paradigm is an abstract representation of the system; it is the system architecture that determines the types and numbers of the components and their relations in operation and interaction of the system. Its selection relies on customers’ requirements and manufacturing environment. Many system paradigms have been proposed. However, most of them are based on an assumption that the life-cycle and boundary of a system can be defined based on the customers’ requirements. Since sustainability becomes essential to today’s manufacturing systems, a new concern is how to evolve existing paradigms to meet new challenges. The objectives of this chapter are, therefore, to examine the manufacturing requirements in a wider scope, to revisit existing paradigms to clarify the limitations and bottlenecks, and eventually to identify future research directions towards sustainable manufacturing. Within the context, this chapter focuses more on Reconfigurable and Cloud manufacturing system paradigms, and highlights the future endeavors towards better sustainability.


Cloud Computing Manufacturing System Mass Customization Cloud Manufacturing Reconfigurable Manufacturing System 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EngineeringIndiana University Purdue University Fort WayneFort WayneUSA
  2. 2.Department of Production EngineeringRoyal Institute of TechnologyStockholmSweden

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