Industry 4.0

Call for papers for: Industrial Robot

Submission opens on ScholarOne: 1st July 2021

Submission date: 31st October 2021

Guest editor

Prof. Abid Haleem, Jamia Millia Islamia

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Dr Mohd Javaid, Jamia Millia Islamia 

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Dr Ravi Pratap Singh, National Institute of Technology, Jalandhar

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Dr Shahbaz Khan, GLA University

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Overview of special issue

The fourth industrial revolution (Industry 4.0) focuses on transforming the existing industries into smart industries by employing digital integration and intelligent engineering (Dalenogare et al., 2018). This industry transformation brings significant advantages to manufacturing firms through reduced material wastage, improved productivity, lower operational expenses and process time (Müller et al., 2018). This industrial revolution is driven by excessive manufacturing and related fields such as mechanical automation, business analytics, and cloud computing (Pozzi et al., 2021). These developments would offer the industries to enhance their conventional production system and adopt the concept of "industry 4.0". The idea of Industry 4.0 combines the virtual and the real world with emphasis on digitisation, robotics, cyber physical system, and automatisation (Dobra et al., 2020; Hofmann et al., 2017; Lu et al., 2017; Pires et al., 2018). The elements of “industry 4.0” is the Internet of things (IoT), industrial internet of things (IIoT), cyber-physical systems (CPS), cloud computing, additive manufacturing, industrial integration, virtual and augmented reality, big data analytics and others (Xu et al., 2018; Oesterreich and Teuteberg, 2018). Manufacturing firms rarely adopt these advanced technologies. Specifically, the developing countries are facing several challenges to adopt, operate and manage these technologies. This will hinder the up-gradation/ transformation process of the conventional industry into Industry 4.0.

Now is the time has come to think about the transformation of conventional manufacturing into industry 4.0. This special issue focuses on this up-gradation/transformation by adopting the industry 4.0 technologies. Further, it will also address the readiness of the industry to adopt the industry 4.0 technologies; and identify factors responsible for the adoption of these technologies, analyses the barriers/challenges/drivers of the transformation and finally assess the effect of this transformation on the operational & sustainable performances. In summary, this special issue will be emphasising;

  • The published article will contribute to better real-world application and address social needs in the broad domain of the proposed special issue. 
  • The relevant research with the micro-focus on the core domain of industry 4.0 and its allied applications for industrial perspectives 
  • This special issue includes manuscripts having their roots in industry 4.0 and in robotics applications in industrial and manufacturing systems.  
  • This issue may provide deep insights to the readers, researchers, and academicians about the current scenarios and future advancements in operational systems under the background of industry 4.0 and its transformations. 

Indicative list of anticipated themes

  • Assess the elements of Industry 4.0 and their role in the manufacturing sector 
  • Readiness of the current industry to transform into Industry 4.0 
  • Integration of IoT, IIoT, Additive Manufacturing, Cloud Computing, CPS with the manufacturing system 
  • Role of automation and robots in the realisation of industry 4.0 
  • Role of analytics to improve the operational performance of manufacturing systems 
  • Development of the smart factories 
  • Barriers/Enablers/Drivers/challenges/Critical Success Factors of Industry 4.0 
  • Investigation of Barriers/Enablers/Drivers/challenges/Critical Success Factors of smart   manufacturing 
  • Performance evaluation of the Industry 4.0 
  • Key Performance Indicator (KPIs) of Industry 4.0 and intelligent manufacturing 
  • Sustainability of Industry 4.0 
  • Case studies on the industry 4.0  

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