Special Issue "Industry 4.0: Quality Management and Technological Innovation"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 19 March 2023 | Viewed by 762

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Slavko Arsovski
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia
Interests: quality; quality management; innovation
Prof. Dr. Miladin Stefanović
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering, University of Kragujevac, 34000 Kragujevac, Serbia
Interests: quality; information systems

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Advances in technology that form the foundation for Industry 4.0 will transform production toward fully integrated, automated, and optimized production flow, leading to greater efficiencies and changing traditional production relationships among suppliers, producers, customers and, between humans and machines. Questions of quality and sustainability will be increasingly important.

These new technologies that form the main pillars of Industry 4.0 include: Big Data and analytics, autonomous robots, simulation, horizontal and vertical system integration, the Industrial Internet of Things, cybersecurity, the cloud, additive manufacturing, and augmented reality.

Industry 4.0 will have a large impact on different areas, leading to concepts such as Quality 4.0, Maintenance 4.0, Safety 4.0, Cybersecurity 4.0, Operator 4.0, and Logistics 4.0, as well as influences and connections with lean supply chain management.

We would like to explore quality management in the concept of sustainability using the toolbox of Industry 4.0 and technological innovation. Quality management and the ISO 9001 standard have a great impact in three key aspects of Industry 4.0 (vertical, horizontal and end-to-end engineering integration). It is also clear that a number of the suggested pillars of Industry 4.0 could be employed and used for the improvement of the practice and concept of quality management and sustainability. Having clear and precise documentation that supports digital quality management systems (DQMSs) is important for all quality management system, and the concept of DQMS has been changing and evolving through the use of new solutions and new environments such as Industry 4.0 pillars (i.e., Big Data and analytics and the usage of cloud systems).

For this Special Issue, authors are encouraged to consider how technological innovation, especially in the context of Industry 4.0,  affects quality management and sustainability; what kind of new opportunities, risks, and problems may arise for managers and employees; the way the economy and industry will change, evolve and sustain; the need for new innovation, software and technology for quality management and sustainability; the trends in education and training that will arise; and what kinds of specialists will be in demand. We encourage contributions on the roles of Quality 4.0 and innovation in sustainable Industry 4.0, as well as those on the impact of Quality 4.0 and technological innovation on the smart sustainability of Industry 4.0.

We look forward to receiving your contributions.

Prof. Dr. Slavko Arsovski
Prof. Dr. Miladin Stefanović
Guest Editors

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  • quality management
  • innovation
  • sustainability
  • Industry 4.0

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