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Perspectives on the future of manufacturing within the Industry 4.0 era

Laurie Hughes Orcid Logo, Yogesh Dwivedi Orcid Logo, Nripendra Rana Orcid Logo, Michael Williams, Vishnupriya Raghavan

Production Planning & Control, Volume: 33, Issue: 2-3, Pages: 138 - 158

Swansea University Authors: Laurie Hughes Orcid Logo, Yogesh Dwivedi Orcid Logo, Nripendra Rana Orcid Logo, Michael Williams

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The technological choices facing the manufacturing industry are vast and complex as the industry contemplates the increasing levels of digitization and automation in readiness for the modern competitive age. These changes broadly categorized as Industry 4.0, offer significant transformation challeng...

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Published in: Production Planning & Control
ISSN: 0953-7287 1366-5871
Published: Informa UK Limited 2022
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URI: https://cronfa.swan.ac.uk/Record/cronfa52962
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Abstract: The technological choices facing the manufacturing industry are vast and complex as the industry contemplates the increasing levels of digitization and automation in readiness for the modern competitive age. These changes broadly categorized as Industry 4.0, offer significant transformation challenges and opportunities, impacting a multitude of operational aspects of manufacturing organizations. As manufacturers seek to deliver increased levels of productivity and adaptation by innovating many aspects of their business and operational processes, significant challenges and barriers remain. The roadmap toward Industry 4.0 is complex and multifaceted, as manufacturers seek to transition toward new and emerging technologies, whilst retaining operational effectiveness and a sustainability focus. This study approaches many of these significant themes by presenting a critical evaluation of the core topics impacting the next generation of manufacturers, challenges and key barriers to implementation. These factors are further evaluated via the presentation of a new Industry 4.0 framework and alignment of I4.0 themes with the UN Sustainability Goals.
Keywords: Industry 4.0, Big Data, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Sustainability
College: School of Management
Issue: 2-3
Start Page: 138
End Page: 158