Special Issue "Advanced Design and Manufacturing in Industry 4.0"
Industry 4.0 (I4.0) topics are directly related to the concept of "Smart Factory", outlining a new vision in which the traditional factory evolves into a fully automated, digitized, flexible and connected system capable of learning and adapting to new scenarios.
The rapid developments of modern I4.0 technologies related both to information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), such as artificial intelligence (AI), additive manufacturing (AM), augmented reality (AR), digital twin (DT), Internet of Things (IoT), big data analytics, etc., have led to the conception of a more modern production plant, in which the various systems can interact and communicate with each other to support real-time decision-making with effective and reliable responses.
The impact of I4.0 exceeds the frontiers of industrial production and can affect all industrial sectors.
The enabling technologies of I4.0 can effectively contribute to the digital transformation of an organization with the goal of sustainable development.
Furthermore, I4.0 not only revolutionizes the idea of factory as a whole, but it can also have a decisive impact on the way in which products and services are designed. In these terms, it is possible to introduce the concept of "fourth design revolution", i.e., a new way of developing the design of smart and connected products that allows for continuous interaction between the designer and product.
This Special Issue focuses on all aspects of scientific and technological progress related to the advanced design and manufacturing processes in all industrial fields, promoting I4.0 and sustainability principles.
Advanced research studies, models, methodologies, case studies, best practices and literature reviews that are focused on these aspects are welcome.
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
- Numerical simulation methods and computational modeling techniques and their use in a smart product design;
- Modern manufacturing techniques in the Industry 4.0 era;
- Advanced tools for the analysis and mechanical design;
- Efficient and flexible product design and manufacturing strategies;
- Traditional and innovative materials in the smart design concepts;
- Engineering of industrial products and their life cycle;
- Industry 4.0 and sustainable production.
Dr. Giuseppe Marannano
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