The products of tomorrow, and many everyday objects with embedded systems will be able to communicate with each other and to automatically adapt to changing environments. Products will be individually configured during manufacture and adapted to customer specific requirements. Equipment and individual components will be able monitor themselves and provide information about necessary repairs and maintenance tasks. Through intuitive operating concepts, handbooks and manuals are unnecessary.
In the global economy, mass-produced products will not suffice anymore. Only innovative products and flexible production processes that are customised to the needs of customers will be able to secure long-term competitiveness. In the future, customers will expect tailor-made products.