Special Issue "Industry 4.0 Technologies for Sustainable Asset Life Cycle Management"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 March 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Malgorzata Jasiulewicz-Kaczmarek
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Faculty of Engineering Management, Poznan University of Technology, 61-704 Poznan, Poland
Interests: manufacturing engineering; maintenance technologies; maintenance management; multi-criteria decision-making methods; sustainability performance
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Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Antosz
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Department of Manufacturing Processes and Production Engineering, Rzeszow University of Technology, Aleja Powstańców Warszawy 12, 35-959 Rzeszów, Poland
Interests: Industry 4.0; maintenance; production engineering; systems reliability; lean maintenance; decision support systems; artificial intelligence; machine learning
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Dr. Chao Zhang
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School of Automation Science and Electrical Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, China
Interests: reliability engineering; accelerated life testing; prognostics and fault diagnosis of hydraulic components; maintenance
Prof. Dr. Vitalii Ivanov
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Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Machines and Tools, Sumy State University, 40007 Sumy, Ukraine
Interests: Industry 4.0; intelligent manufacturing; manufacturing technology; CAx technologies; decision support systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Asset life cycle management is not a new concept for industries. Life cycle thinking means that people have a life cycle model in mind that affects the scope of their activities. A life cycle perspective for manufacturing assets is often mentioned in the literature regarding sustainability. This approach aims to understand and analyze individual stages of the asset life cycle, identify potential economic, social, and environmental risk factors and opportunities at each stage, and create possibilities to take advantage of these opportunities and reduce potential risks. In the Industry 4.0 era, manufacturers can monitor assets and make smart decisions in each phase of their life cycle through real-time communication and cooperation with humans, machines, sensors, etc. These technologies can support all stages of ALC through various emergent communication, information, and intelligence technologies. Technologies such as Digital Twin (DT), Internet of Things (IoT), Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and their respective specialization to industry, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), and Cyber-Physical Production System (CPPS), are considered in this Special Issue to increase the effectiveness of asset life cycle management (ALCM).

Topics and themes of this Special Issue can include but are not limited to:

  • Drivers and barriers for the implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies for sustainability in ALCM;
  • Intelligent decision support systems for sustainability in ALCM;
  • Digitalization and Industry 4.0 for supporting the ALCM;
  • Mapping of technologies and capabilities for adoption and implementation of Industry I4.0 for ALCM;
  • Role of competences for successful adoption and implementation of Industry 4.0 technologies for ALCM;
  • Digital product–service system for sustainability in ALCM;
  • The impact of digitalization on ALCM;
  • Modeling and simulation in ALCM;
  • Big data analytics implementation for sustainable ALCM;
  • Digital-twin-driven intelligent ALCM for sustainability;
  • IoT solutions in ALCM for sustainability;
  • Data-driven maintenance and ALCM systems;
  • Risk-based approaches in ALCM;
  • Causes and effects of implementing Industry 4.0 technologies for sustainable ALCM.

Dr. Malgorzata Jasiulewicz-Kaczmarek
Prof. Dr. Katarzyna Antosz
Dr. Chao Zhang
Prof. Dr. Vitalii Ivanov
Guest Editors

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  • asset life cycle management
  • Industry 4.0 technologies (e.g., IoT, big data, AI, additive manufacturing, robotics)
  • life cycle data for sustainability
  • product-service system
  • servitization
  • operation and maintenance
  • reliability and availability
  • smart maintenance
  • data-driven design
  • digital twin

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The Influence of Cork and Manufacturing Parameters on the Properties of Cork–Rubber Composites for Vibration Isolation Applications
Sustainability 2021, 13(20), 11240; https://doi.org/10.3390/su132011240 - 12 Oct 2021
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The addition of cork to a natural rubber compound and the vulcanization parameters were studied in terms of their influence on the properties of cork–rubber materials. The characterization of different compounds was carried out and included in the determination of mechanical properties related [...] Read more.
The addition of cork to a natural rubber compound and the vulcanization parameters were studied in terms of their influence on the properties of cork–rubber materials. The characterization of different compounds was carried out and included in the determination of mechanical properties related to the application of cork–rubber composites as vibration isolation pads, such as static and dynamic behavior under compressive loading. Statistical methods, such as ANOVA and regression analysis, were used in this study. The results showed that the introduction of cork as an additional filler in the studied rubber compound increased its hardness and static stiffness, while maintaining a similar dynamic behavior to the base rubber compound when subjected to compressive loading. In addition, it was found that increasing the amount and granulometry of cork and lower vulcanization temperatures resulted in stiffer vulcanizates. Materials with higher cork granule contents were found to be affected in their final properties by molding pressure. A study involving the use of linear regression models as a tool to predict or optimize properties related to vibration isolation applications was also developed. Full article
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