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The slow factory: a new paradigm for manufacturing

Campana, G.; Cimatti, Barbara

Inst. Werkzeugmaschinen und Fabrikbetrieb

The current industrial system is generally based on highly automated manufacturing plants, which allow fast production and serial manufacturing. However, some Italian entrepreneurs, using their expertise and knowhow, have decided to recover the value of tradition and craftwork and are finding that slow working processes can produce positive results and add distinctive value to a product. Similar cases are recognizable all around the world and in different industrial fields; in particular slowness in the food industry is of great significance. Slow Manufacturing can increase the quality of the product, giving the uniqueness and excellence that attracts the most demanding of customers. Traditional machines can be fitted in order to assist modern automatic equipment and skilled workers can thus perform semi-automatic processes in order to obtain appealing highcaliber goods. Technology returns to being predominantly mechanical. The reduction of electronics and computerization, the elements largely responsible for standardization, allows the skills of the craftsman to once again become relevant.
  • Part of: Seliger, GĂĽnther (Ed.): Innovative solutions : proceedings / 11th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing, Berlin, Germany, 23rd - 25th September, 2013. - Berlin: Universitätsverlag der TU Berlin, 2013. - ISBN 978-3-7983-2609-5 (online). - http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:kobv:83-opus4-40276. - pp. 273-277.