Factory in a box. No, really.

Gizmodo is a great gadget site, and occasionally has interesting manufacturing-related posts.

This one really resonated with me. There are so many issues addressed in this story. Just-in-time, continuous innovation, reduced shipping costs (to zero!) etc.

The Next Industrial Revolution Starts in this 20-foot Shipping Container

I think there are some great concepts here, even if you don't take it down to the container level. Why not build modular manufacturing with repeatable processes that can be deployed wherever products are consumed?

Why are factories generally in-efficient, one-off monstrosities? Why not franchise modular manufacturing?