New Challenges of Innovation, Sustainability, Resilience in X.0 Era

A special issue of Applied System Innovation (ISSN 2571-5577). This special issue belongs to the section "Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering".

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Dear Colleagues,

Today, in the era of digitalization, companies are experiencing new challenges more than ever before. Innovation, sustainability and resilience are the pillars of successful and sophisticated digital transformation.

X.0 companies can no longer focus on a simple short-term vision by producing the same recipes but are embracing more creative changes in order to be able to produce innovations and create new personalized experiences.

X.0 is the digital reinvention of the industry, combining the efficiency of transformation with research. This transformation will be able to create innovation and make these companies more resilient toward new sustainable growth to create value.

This session aims to share the most recent contributions in this area. Researchers and professionals are invited to present their work in the following or related fields:

  • Resilience;
  • Innovation and/or digitalization;
  • Sustainability;
  • Smart industry;
  • Industry 4.0/Industry X.0;
  • Artificial intelligence (AI);
  • Modeling and simulation;
  • Lean manufacturing/supply chain management;
  • Safety and maintenance;
  • Railways and trains.

Dr. Mario Di Nardo
Dr. Maryam Gallab
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New Innovation, Sustainability, and Resilience Challenges in the X.0 Era
by Maryam Gallab and Mario Di Nardo
Appl. Syst. Innov. 2023, 6(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/asi6020039 - 13 Mar 2023
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Facing a constantly evolving industry and customers that are becoming more fastidious, companies are seeking to adapt their manufacturing methods to meet market demands [...] Full article
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Industry 4.0 and Smart Systems in Manufacturing: Guidelines for the Implementation of a Smart Statistical Process Control
by Lucas Schmidt Goecks, Anderson Felipe Habekost, Antonio Maria Coruzzolo and Miguel Afonso Sellitto
Appl. Syst. Innov. 2024, 7(2), 24; https://doi.org/10.3390/asi7020024 - 16 Mar 2024
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Digital transformations in manufacturing systems confer advantages for enhancing competitiveness and ensuring the survival of companies by reducing operating costs, improving quality, and fostering innovation, falling within the overarching umbrella of Industry 4.0. This study aims to provide a framework for the integration [...] Read more.
Digital transformations in manufacturing systems confer advantages for enhancing competitiveness and ensuring the survival of companies by reducing operating costs, improving quality, and fostering innovation, falling within the overarching umbrella of Industry 4.0. This study aims to provide a framework for the integration of smart statistical digital systems into existing manufacturing control systems, exemplified with guidelines to transform an existent statistical process control into a smart statistical process control. Employing the design science research method, the research techniques include a literature review and interviews with experts who critically evaluated the proposed framework. The primary contribution lies in a set of general-purpose guidelines tailored to assist practitioners in manufacturing systems with the implementation of digital, smart technologies aligned with the principles of Industry 4.0. The resulting guidelines specifically target existing manufacturing plants seeking to adopt new technologies to maintain competitiveness. The main implication of the study is that practitioners can utilize the guidelines as a roadmap for the ongoing development and implementation of project management. Furthermore, the study paves the way for open innovation initiatives by breaking down the project into defined steps and encouraging individual or collective open contributions, which consolidates the practice of open innovation in manufacturing systems. Full article
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Assessment of Batteries’ Contribution for Optimal Self-Sufficiency in Large Building Complexes
by Emmanuel Karapidakis, Marios Nikologiannis, Marini Markaki, Ariadni Kikaki and Sofia Yfanti
Appl. Syst. Innov. 2023, 6(6), 107; https://doi.org/10.3390/asi6060107 - 14 Nov 2023
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The EU has set ambitious targets to combat climate change. Incorporating renewable energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a critical aspect of achieving the European Union’s (EU) 2030 climate goals. Similarly to all member countries of the EU, Greece shares the [...] Read more.
The EU has set ambitious targets to combat climate change. Incorporating renewable energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is a critical aspect of achieving the European Union’s (EU) 2030 climate goals. Similarly to all member countries of the EU, Greece shares the same climate goals. In order to achieve these goals, ensuring a consistent supply and the effective use of clean energy is pursued, as it has a significant impact on the sustainable development and growth of the country. As the Greek tourism sector is one of the most energy-consuming of the national economy and a major contributor to the country’s GDP, opportunities are presented for innovation and investment in sustainable practices. Such investments must focus on buildings and facilities, where the energy consumption is concentrated. One of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece is the island of Crete. Visitation patterns are seasonal, which means during the summer months, Crete is exceptionally popular and more demanding energy-wise. One of the highest energy-demanding types of tourism-based businesses is the hospitality industry. Energy demands in hotels are driven by factors such as heating, cooling, lighting, and hot water. Thus, such activities require thermal and electrical energy to function. Electrical energy is one of the most essential forms of energy for hotels, as it powers a wide range of critical systems and services throughout the establishment. Therefore, the hotels are highly susceptible to fluctuations in energy prices which can significantly impact the operational costs of hotels. This paper presents an analysis of the annual consumption for the year of 2022 of five hotels located in Crete. An algorithm is also implemented which strives to minimize the capital expenditure (CAPEX), while ensuring a sufficient percentage of self-sufficiency. Full article
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Manufacturing Innovation: A Heuristic Model of Innovation Processes for Industry 4.0
by Maria Stoettrup Schioenning Larsen, Astrid Heidemann Lassen and Casper Schou
Appl. Syst. Innov. 2023, 6(6), 98; https://doi.org/10.3390/asi6060098 - 25 Oct 2023
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Despite the promising potential of Industry 4.0, the transition of the manufacturing industry is still very slow-paced. In this article, we argue that one reason for this development is the fact that existing foundational process models of manufacturing innovation are developed for steady-state [...] Read more.
Despite the promising potential of Industry 4.0, the transition of the manufacturing industry is still very slow-paced. In this article, we argue that one reason for this development is the fact that existing foundational process models of manufacturing innovation are developed for steady-state conditions, not considering the complexity and uncertainty related to Industry 4.0. This lack of models built for the characteristics of Industry 4.0 further translates into a lack of operational approaches and insights into engaging with Industry 4.0 in practice. Therefore, this article presents a case study of developing a comprehensive Industry 4.0 solution and identifies key characteristics of the emerging process design. Based on the case study findings, we propose a heuristic model of an innovation process for manufacturing innovation. The proposed model uses an iterative process that allows experimentation and exploration with manufacturing innovation. The iterative approach continuously enhances knowledge levels and incorporates this knowledge in the process to refine the design of the manufacturing innovation. Furthermore, the iterative process design supports partitioning the complexity of the manufacturing innovation into smaller parts, which are easier to grasp, thereby improving the conditions for the successful adoption of manufacturing innovations for Industry 4.0. Full article
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