Special Issue "Industry 4.0 – The Global Industrial Revolution: Achievements, Obstacles and Research Needs for the Digital Transformation of Industry"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 August 2023) | Viewed by 26389
Interests: artificial intelligence; data science; industrial AI; industry 4.0; business models; SME
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The first three industrial revolutions were triggered by mechanization, electricity, and IT. The transition to hyperconnected, smart, decentralized, and autonomous systems is characteristic of the fourth industrial revolution, in short Industry 4.0. In this way, the increased complexity is to be mastered and a central promise is to be realized: individual products and services that offer a unique value proposition and a superior user experience that are manufactured under the cost-efficient conditions of mass production.
A revolution always battles with the “old” world. Industry 4.0 is extending the analogue and physical world to a digital environment. In this context, revolution means that system boundaries are expanded not only physically but also virtually. Smart factories are equipped with countless sensors, operate in a highly automated manner, and can organize themselves autonomously. Intelligently, the systems are constantly working to optimize productivity and quality. This is made possible by cyberphysical systems and the intelligent networking of machines, products, and workforces. The product itself communicates the information needed for production to the smart factory—and this information is used to control the individual production steps until the desired end result is achieved.
The integration and operation of Industry 4.0 solutions creates unimagined new opportunities, but also new challenges and obstacles in the digital transformation of the organization and the value network.
This Special Issue addresses the achievements, obstacles, and research needs in the field of Industry 4.0 from a scientific and practical perspective.
Dr. Johannes Winter
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- Industry 4.0
- smart manufacturing
- smart factory
- digital transformation of industry
- business model innovation
- smart services