Special Issue "Digital and Sustainable Manufacturing in Industry 4.0"

A special issue of Applied Sciences (ISSN 2076-3417). This special issue belongs to the section "Applied Industrial Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 December 2023 | Viewed by 147

Special Issue Editors

Department of Mechanical, Chemical and Industrial Design Engineering, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Ronda de Valencia 3, 28012 Madrid, Spain
Interests: quality assurance engineering; manufacturing engineering; industrial engineering
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I3A, Universidad de Zaragoza, María de Luna 3, 50018 Zaragoza, Spain
Interests: precision engineering; dimensional metrology; manufacturing systems
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Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Produktionstorvet Building 427A, 2800 Kgs., Lyngby, Denmark
Interests: micro- and nanoscale polymer manufacturing; micro- and nanometrology; additive manufacturing; surface replication
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The evolution from current to future factories is supported by research contributions in many cross-disciplinary fields, where digitalization and sustainability perspectives are present. Industry 4.0 represents a common framework in accelerated development where those contributions meet to lay the foundation of future factories and manufacturing systems. This Special Issue invites novel and quality research paper contributions employing a wide range of technologies together with the design and operation of manufacturing systems and thus contributing to this evolution. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Lean manufacturing in product lifecycle framed in Industry 4.0; 
  • Digitally enabled manufacturing technologies for mass production;
  • Automation and process integration through collaborative robotics and sensors in production/assembly lines;
  • Flexible manufacturing systems routing/scheduling for minimum resource use;
  • Automated quality assurance, traceability, and in-line metrology;
  • Twin green and digital transition technologies and applications;
  • Circular engineering in the product life cycle;
  • From lean to human-centered manufacturing science and innovation applications.

Manufacturing systems and their integration under sustainability criteria, as well as individual processes and process chains, fit the scope of this Special Issue. Links to factory job shops, including case studies presenting novel and relevant technical/scientific contributions, are welcome.

Dr. Roque Calvo
Dr. José A. Yagüe-Fabra
Dr. Guido Tosello
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • digital manufacturing
  • sustainable and green manufacturing
  • manufacturing automation
  • quality control
  • digital twin
  • cyber physical manufacturing systems
  • flexible manufacturing systems
  • Industry 4.0
  • lean manufacturing in Industry 4.0
  • collaborative robots in manufacturing
  • agile manufacturing systems
  • mass customization
  • high-speed product development
  • circular engineering
  • product life cycle engineering
  • precision and in-line process control
  • on-machine metrology
  • training systems for workers in digitalized factories
  • manufacturing innovations

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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