Dynamic Manufacturing Network

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A Dynamic Manufacturing Network (DMN) is a coalition, either permanent or temporal, comprising production systems of geographically dispersed Small and medium enterprises and/or Original equipment manufacturers that collaborate in a shared value-chain to conduct joint manufacturing.[1][2][3]

Manufacturing networks have become increasingly common in applied research on manufacturing, since several manufacturing enterprises have recently shown great interest for creating such networks and take advantage of them both for Collaborative product development [4] and for Supply chain optimization.[5]

During the last decade the effort is mainly focused on the Dynamic Management of the Manufacturing networks, as proven by several studies published by Accenture,[6] MIT [7] and University of St.Gallen [8]


  1. ^ Viswanadham, N. (2003). Partner Selection and Synchronized Planning in Dynamic Manufacturing Networks, IEEE Transactions on Robotics and Automation, Vol. 19, No. 1 [1]
  2. ^ Papakostas, N. et al. (2012). On the configuration and planning of dynamic manufacturing networks, Logistics Research Journal, ISSN 1865-035X, September 2012 [2]
  3. ^ IMAGINE Project: Innovative End-to-end Management of Dynamic Manufacturing Networks. Description of Work www.imagine-futurefactory.eu
  4. ^ IndustryWeek (2009). Product Development Assistance from Manufacturing Networks [3]
  5. ^ Deflorin, P, Scherrer-Rathje, M, Dietl, H. (2009). The competitive advantage of the lead factory concept in geographically distributed R&D and production networks. European Operations Management Association (EUROMA). Göteborg, Sweden
  6. ^ Accenture (2012). Developing Dynamic and Efficient Operations for Profitable Growth - Research Findings from North American Manufacturers [4]
  7. ^ Williams, G.P. (2011). Dynamic order allocation for make-to-order manufacturing networks: an industrial case study of optimization under uncertainty, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2011 [5]
  8. ^ University of St.Gallen (2012). Global Manufacturing Networks