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Submit a Manuscript to the Journal
International Journal of Sustainable Engineering

For a Special Issue on
Industry 4.0 and Servitization

Manuscript deadline
30 November 2022

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Special Issue Editor(s)

S Vinodh, Department of Production Engineering, National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli, India
[email protected]

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Industry 4.0 and Servitization

Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0) has brought significant changes in business firms. Industry 4.0 introduces opportunities for the development of new strategies, markets, and industries. Industry 4.0 facilitate the integration of production, without interruption, within and beyond the boundaries of the company, at the inter and intra-industry levels, and along the supply chain. This amalgamation occurs through the interconnection between production systems and the exchange of knowledge and skills between production structures and different companies.

Modern manufacturing organizations driven by pressures for sustainable development and disruptions are impacted by two interconnected trends: Industry 4.0 and servitization. ‘Servitization’, has been crucial in establishing a competitive industry advantage as two-thirds of large manufacturing firms now service their offerings. Digital servitization represents the transition from providing products to offering smart product-service systems, and impose major challenges. Servitization is the innovation of an organizations’ capabilities and processes to better create mutual value through a shift from selling products to selling product-service systems.”

Product Service System (PSS) has received recent focus from academics and industry research because of its benefits. PSS can provide customers values and functionalities, as well as physical products, to fulfill economic, social and environmental goals. PSS can be product oriented, result oriented or use oriented.  Vital benefit of PSS is that it pushes for continuous business improvement, quality improvement, and better company customer relationship.

The introduction of digital technologies and their integration with operational technologies are one of the core elements characterizing the digital transformation of manufacturing firms and it represents a preliminary stage to embrace the more holistic concept of Industry 4.0.

Therefore, servitization and digitalisation are considered two of the most relevant trends affecting industrial firms and their convergence, called “digital servitization”, has been studied in different industrial cases. Hence, it is vital to map this transformation to understand the potential of technologies as enabling factors for different types of service strategies. This special issue will focus on the concepts of Servitization, Industry 4.0 and Product Service Systems.

Topics include (but not limited to):

  • Conceptual and Practical framework
  • Configurations/patterns for deployment
  • Barriers/Drivers/Challenges analysis during implementation
  • Configuration analysis and selection
  • Performance indicators/measures/dimensions
  • Role of Product Service Systems
  • Servitization and Industry 4.0 in SMEs
  • Sustainability and life cycle issues
  • Modelling and Decision Making facilitating implementation

Submission Instructions

- Select "special issue title” when submitting your paper to ScholarOne

- Research papers, Case studies and Review papers will be considered

- Final Publication scheduled (Tentative) – May 2023

Papers submitted as a part of Special issue will be considered for review and will be published as accepted and then a SI summary will be prepared by Guest Editor.

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