Batch size 1 and mass customisation, these trends represent a real challenge for manufacturing companies and their suppliers because they have to manufacture ever smaller series without increasing the cost per unit. That is where Dutch field lab Flexible Manufacturing comes in. One solution is the further integration of robots and smart sensors in production processes. Manufacturing needs to be as fully automated as possible in order to minimise downtime due to conversion work. This is the only way to ensure that the market s requirements are fulfilled. In order to achieve that goal, researchers, companies and organisations work together in the field lab.