Special Issue "Technologies for Industry 4.0"

A special issue of Technologies (ISSN 2227-7080). This special issue belongs to the section "Information and Communication Technologies".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2018

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Thomas Moser

Institute of Creative\Media/Technologies, St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences, Austria
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Interests: Industry 4.0; semantic web; data integration; human-computer interaction; virtual and augmented reality; BLE
Guest Editor
Dr. Tiago M. Fernández-Caramés

Department of Computer Engineering, University of A Coruña, Spain
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Interests: Industry 4.0; IIoT and IoT systems; RFID; wireless sensor networks; embedded systems; wireless communications; augmented reality

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry 4.0 principles are already changing the way that companies deal with their daily tasks. Such tasks can be performed faster and more efficiently by making use of the latest technologies fostered by Industry 4.0: The Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS), additive manufacturing, Big Data, cyber-security, Cloud computing, or Augmented and Virtual Reality (AVR). The range of potential Industry 4.0 applications is very large, impacting on many aspects of smart factories, such as logistics, mobility, smart buildings, product traceability, smart grids or in health and safety at work.

This Special Issue is intended to report on latest innovations in the application of technologies to Industry 4.0. Both practical and theoretical papers are welcome, as well as reviews on the application of Industry 4.0 technologies.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Innovative applications for Industry 4.0.
  • Case studies in the design and implementation of Industry 4.0 applications.
  • Performance comparisons of traditional industrial processes versus Industry 4.0 counterparts.
  • Industrial Augmented and Virtual Reality applications.
  • Novel applications of cloud, edge, distributed and decentralized computing.
  • Novel cyber-physical systems for Industry 4.0.
  • Cyber-security analysis and solutions for Industry 4.0 applications.

Dr. Thomas Moser
Dr. Tiago M. Fernández-Caramés
Guest Editors

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  • Industry 4.0
  • IoT
  • IIoT
  • CPS
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Cyber-security
  • Big Data
  • Cloud Computing
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Human-Computer Interaction

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Open AccessArticle Technical Interoperability for Machine Connectivity on the Shop Floor
Technologies 2018, 6(3), 57; https://doi.org/10.3390/technologies6030057 (registering DOI)
Received: 2 May 2018 / Revised: 18 June 2018 / Accepted: 19 June 2018 / Published: 22 June 2018
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This paper presents a generic technical solution that can increase Industry 4.0 maturity by collecting data from sensors and control systems on the shop floor. Within the research project “5G-Enabled Manufacturing”, an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network with 5G technologies was deployed on the
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This paper presents a generic technical solution that can increase Industry 4.0 maturity by collecting data from sensors and control systems on the shop floor. Within the research project “5G-Enabled Manufacturing”, an LTE (Long-Term Evolution) network with 5G technologies was deployed on the shop floor to enable fast and scalable connectivity. This network was used to connect a grinding machine to a remote private cloud where data was stored and streamed to a data analytics center. This enabled visibility and transparency of the production data, which is the basis for Industry 4.0 and smart manufacturing. The solution is described with a focus on high-level communication technologies above wireless communication standards. These technologies are discussed regarding technical interoperability, focusing on the system layout, communication standards, and open systems. From the discussion, it can be derived that generic solutions such as this are possible, but manufacturing end-users must expand and further internalize knowledge of future information and communication technologies to reduce their dependency on equipment and technology providers. Full article
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