One of the common objectives of the Industry 4.0 initiatives is to develop concepts for technologies, standards, business models and organisation models to promote their practical implementation particularly in SMEs. The research efforts in this area will aim to develop specific and suitable organization and manufacturing management models for SMEs or SME network to become and SME 4.0 company. However, the research focus is clear, the way to achieve an “SME 4.0 brand” is not.
Each SME requires specific implementation strategies based on the requirements of their production and logistics. For this purpose, an Organisation and manufacturing management framework for future SME4.0 enterprise is to be developed. As a starting point, reference framework S2-RF by Molina et al. and Moreno et al. [1,2]. is used, as can be seen in figure below.
  The second adopted reference framework includes useful elements (e.g. Product development →Process development →Manufacturing System Development) especially for the development of Organization models for smart SMEs, as follows:

Finally, development of Management models for smart SMEs within this research field will be focused on X-to-order and Mass Customization Environment. For this purpose, a generic model of mass customization system by Blecker et al. [3] will be used.

In this research field, existing organization and manufacturing management models for SMEs will be further analysed, adopted and developed in the context of the project objectives. Process modularity vs. process integrity for different manufacturing strategies will be investigated. Principles of process development for mass customization have to be rigorously identified (and not just blindly accepted) prior to manufacturing system development. Positive and negative complexity issues related to product platform development might be further analysed and discussed in terms of mass customization.

    [1] Molina, Arturo, et al. "Designing a S2-Enterprise (Smart x Sensing) reference model." Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises. Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 2014.
    [2] Mauricio-Moreno, H., Miranda, J., Chavarría, D., Ramírez-Cadena, M., & Molina, A. (2015). Design S3-RF (Sustainable x Smart x Sensing-Reference Framework) for the Future Manufacturing Enterprise. IFAC-PapersOnLine, 48(3), 58-63.
[3] Blecker, T., Abdelkafi, N., Kaluza, B., & Kreutler, G. (2004). A framework for understanding the interdependencies between mass customization and complexity.