Publications

PUBLICATIONS

The research project team regularly publishes academic and conference papers. The Shoestring community of researchers and partners will be contributing to a growing range of whitepapers, case studies, webinars and industry reports.  

INDUSTRY NEWS & REPORTS

WHITEPAPER

One of the key findings in a number of recent studies has been that small and medium sized manufacturers are slow to adopt digital solutions within their organisations. Cost is one of the key barriers to adoption. This whitepaper introduces the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring programme and demonstrates the way in which it addresses the need for lowcost digital solutions for SME Manufacturers. It discusses challenges associated with integrating lowcost technologies into industrial solutions and the style of IT architectures best suited for integrating such solutions into industrial environments. 

PRESENTATIONS

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Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring: the next steps (February 2021)

Hear about the latest updates on the project and explore key questions such as:

  • How can digital transformation be achieved at low cost
  • What type of low cost digital solution do small manufacturers want?
  • How is a community for SME digital solutions users being developed?
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Low cost digital solutions on a shoestring (December 2020)

Watch the Digital Manufacturing week webinar presentation from Professor Duncan McFarlane and Dr Greg Hawkridge

JOURNALS & CONFERENCE PAPERS

Authors: Schönfuß, B., McFarlane, D., Athanassopoulou, N., Salter, L., de Silva, L., Ratchev, S.
Publication date: 2019-08-03
Journal title: Studies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN: 1860-949X
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Volume: 853
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27477-1_22
Abstract
This paper establishes a reference set of those low cost digital solutions needed by small and medium sized manufacturers – SMEs – and proposes a method for determining development priorities using input from reference groups of SMEs. The paper describes the approach taken to identifying and classifying common digital solutions used in manufacturing and the results from a series of workshops in which company representatives prioritise different solution types to help guide developments.
To request a copy: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/295986
Rights: All rights reserved

Authors: McFarlane, D., Ratchev, S., Thorne, A., Parlikad, A., de Silva, L., Schönfuß, B., Hawkridge, G., Terrazas, G., Tlegenov, Y.
Publication date: 2019-08-03
Journal title: Studies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN: 1860-949X
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Volume: 853
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-27477-1_4
Abstract
One of the key findings in a number of recent studies has been that small and medium sized manufacturers (SMEs) have been slow in adopting digital solutions within their organisations. Cost is understood to be one of the key barriers to adoption. Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring is an approach to increasing the digital capabilities of SMEs via a series of low cost solutions. The programme proposes using off-the-shelf, (possibly non-industrial) components and software to address a company’s (digital) solution needs, adding capabilities one step at a time with minimal a priori infrastructure required. This paper will introduce the Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring programme as a whole and demonstrate the way in which it addresses the need for low cost digital solutions for SME Manufacturers. It will discuss challenges associated with integrating low cost technologies into industrial solutions and the style of IT architectures best suited for integrating such solutions into industrial environments.
To request a copy: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/295987
Rights: All rights reserved

Authors: Hawkridge, G., Perez Hernandez, M., De Silva, L., Terrazas, G., Tlegenov, Y., McFarlane, D., Thorne, A.
Conference name: IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation
Conference date: 2019-09-10
DOI: https://doi.org/10.17863/CAM.43036
Abstract
This paper concerns the development of low-cost solutions to address challenges in digital manufacturing (DM). Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs) are a promising approach for addressing the requirements of a low-cost DM architecture. Interaction between services in a SOA is facilitated by a connectivity technology, i.e., a framework for interoperable data exchange between heterogeneous participants. We review a variety of connectivity technologies according to their suitability for use in an SME manufacturer’s production environment, and we assess how they have been integrated into past architectures. We then provide insights into an incremental and modular architecture for manufacturing SMEs.
To request a copy: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/295988
Rights: All rights reserved