and responsive manufacturing processes that can anticipate and respond to changing demand patterns; 6. Create sustainable factories that operate at higher material and energy efficiencies by maximizing on-site production and the re-use of energy and materials resources. Ultimately, strategies need to be formulated to help the transition towards a circular economy in which there is no waste; 7. Utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) models to shorten lead times on factory reconfigurations and expansions, and to optimize the relationship between building, machinery and production processes; 8. Develop the understanding and implementation of best practice asset management and whole life-cycle costing.
l Extract from Rethinking the Factory, an Arup report which explores the future of the factory from three different angles: people, production and space.
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