Manufacturing systems include machines, modules and components that integrate mechanics, materials processing technologies, electronics, and computing capabilities (ICT technologies) to perform desired tasks according to expectations. Mechatronic systems do not only interface with materials, parts and products, they also co-operate safely with factory workers and communicate with other systems in the factory. Also they connect to manufacturing execution and monitoring systems on a higher factory and management level. Hence manufacturing systems are becoming smarter in order to generate high value (quality, productivity) while consuming less energy and generating less waste. They feature high levels of autonomy and cognitive capabilities, largely inspired by and making use of robotic technologies. The needs for reconfigurability and the ability to produce smaller lot sizes of personalized products require not only smart mechatronics but also for higher efficiency and effectiveness in the planning and engineering of such manufacturing systems.

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