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Special Issue

Transdisciplinary approaches to digital manufacturing for Industry 4.0

The concept of Industry 4.0 outlines the vision of a smart factory characterised by the complete networking of all production parts and processes: real time control via cyber-physical systems, increased use of robots, intelligent and adaptable production systems, which should contribute to greater productivity through resource efficiency. Convergence of production and interaction, work and communication requires increasingly transdisciplinary competencies for staying economically competitive. In addition to expert knowledge, flexibility, creativity and innovation, these are critical success factors for companies and their employees. However, Industry 4.0 is not just about machines but people. The Internet of things, data and services are merging the physical and digital world.

This is where knowledge-based services have a huge task ahead. People are the bearers of this knowledge and the drivers of innovation. In this context, Industry 4.0 needs appropriate innovation and engineering approaches. A special attention should be also paid to human aspects and social reflections: sustainable development, resource-efficient production system, innovative and successful economy, active participatory and collaborative processes, impact of technologies oh human beings and societies. In this context, Transdisciplinary Engineering (TE) is an emerging field that extends and evolves engineering approaches focusing on an intensive and increasing importance of Transdisciplinarity.

TE research incorporates then also social science methodologies to acquire the necessary knowledge about users and context and to better implement solutions in their context. Industry 4.0 needs transdisciplinary approaches to be more successful with their innovation efforts. The particular focus of this special issue is on Transdisciplinary approaches to digital manufacturing for Industry 4.0.

International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing (IJCIM) reports new research and applications underlining the opportunities and limitations of computer integrated manufacturing in today’s information supported era of global manufacturing.

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What can I contribute?

We are soliciting high-quality, original papers and encourage submissions that cover the following topics, but are not limited to:

  • New digital approaches and methods for Industry 4.0
  • Digital twins, Digital manufacturing, Modelling and Simulation
  • Virtual Training and X-in-the-Loop Virtual Prototyping
  • New digital methods for Smart Factories and Industrial IoT
  • Smart maintenance with digital manufacturing
  • Approaches for integration of CPS, IoT, digital manufacturing and human sciences
  • Ergonomics, Human Factors and Social Sustainability
  • Cognitive modelling of human users for digital manufacturing
  • Ontology-based models for Industry 4.0
  • New methods for Digital Smart Factories
  • New engineering methods for digital manufacturing, supply chain and logistics
  • Advanced robotics and digital simulation for Smart Manufacturing
  • Digital simulation of human-robot collaboration

Submissions Instructions

  • Authors are required to prepare their manuscripts according to the Guide for Authors available on the journal’s website at: http://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?journalCode=tcim20&page=instructions Only papers describing previously unpublished, original, state-of-the-art research, and not currently under review by a conference or a journal will be considered.
  •  In the submission system, the authors need to indicate that the paper is for the special issue “TE2018”.
  • The title of the paper on the system should start with “(TE2018)” an example title: (TE2018) Transdisciplinary Makers: Manufacturers of the future.

Important dates:

  • Deadline for manuscript submission: January 31st, 2019
  • Notification to authors: March 31st, 2019
  • Submission of revised versions:May 31st, 2019
  • Final notification of acceptance: June 30th, 2019
  • Final manuscripts due: July 15th, 2019

Prof. Margherita peruzzini
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Modena, Italy

Dr. Nel Wognum
Delft University of Technology
Delft, the Netherlands

Prof. Cees Bil
Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
Melbourne, Australia

Dr. Josip Stjepandic
Darmstadt, germany