Special Issue "Lean Manufacturing Strategies and Energy Management for Industry 4.0"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Paolo Cicconi
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Dipartimento di Ingegneria, Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Via della Vasca Navale, 79, Roma, Italy
Interests: design tools and methods; design for additive manufacturing; design optimization; design configuration
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Prof. Dr. Yingjie Yang
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Co-Guest Editor
School of Computer Science and Informatics, De Montfort University in Leicester, UK
Interests: data analysis; uncertainty modelling; decision-making support; machine learning; condition monitoring and diagnosis
Dr. Alessandra Papetti
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche 12, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: lean manufacturing; human-centered manufacturing; sustainable manufacturing
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Dr. Marco Mandolini
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Brecce Bianche 12, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: design methods and tools; design for manufacturing and assembly; design to cost; design for additive manufacturing
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Dr. Beata Mrugalska
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Co-Guest Editor
Faculty of Engineering Management, Poznan University of Technology, Poland
Interests: lean manufacturing; human factor; industry 4.0; process control; remaining useful life; robust design and control
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Dr. Marta Rossi
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Department of Industrial Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, Università Politecnica delle Marche, via Brecce Bianche 12, 60131, Ancona, Italy
Interests: environmental sustainability; life cycle assessment; sustainable manufacturing; design for environment; eco-design
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Assoc. Prof. Dr. Paolo Salini
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Co-Guest Editor
Department of Industrial and Information Engineering & Economics, Università degli Studi dell’Aquila, Piazzale E.Pontieri, Monteluco di Roio, 67100 L’Aquila, Italy
Interests: operations management; manufacturing systems; production engineering; optimization; resource optimization; logistic
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Industry 4.0 is a strategy for being competitive in global markets. This strategy provides the integration of lean production systems with autonomous and dynamic solutions, enhancing the digitalization of data, flows, and machinery. Digital tools support the management and control of lean production. Therefore, the Internet of Things, Cyber-Physical Systems, Big Data, and other technologies are widely applied in Industry 4.0. In this production environment, the role of the operator significantly changes, and new helpers and assistance systems are currently under development. Humans can focus on value-adding activities, while non-adding operations are analyzed and reduced. Moreover, the digitalization of manufacturing systems allows the production flows to be optimized in terms of time and energy. The improvement of energy efficiency is another critical topic in Industry 4.0. 

This Special Issue invites papers presenting methodologies, strategies, tools, and best practices for the optimization of lean manufacturing and energy management in Industry 4.0. Physical, sensorial and cognitive aids for reducing non-ergonomic tasks, while supporting the Operator 4.0 to handle and manage increasingly complex cognitive tasks, are also encouraged. We also welcome papers presenting frameworks and approaches for supporting data management and elaboration in this context. To foster the life cycle design of products and systems, new methods and tools for assessing the economic and environmental impacts of Industry 4.0 factories are encouraged.

Dr. Paolo Cicconi
Prof. Dr. Yingjie Yang
Dr. Alessandra Papetti
Dr. Marco Mandolini
Dr. Beata Mrugalska
Dr. Marta Rossi
Prof. Dr. Paolo Salini
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Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Lean manufacturing
  • Lean management
  • Energy Value Stream Mapping
  • Industry 4.0
  • Design methods and strategies for lean manufacturing
  • Human-Centered Manufacturing
  • Product-service strategies
  • Flexible logistics
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Life Cycle Cost
  • Cyber-Physical systems
  • Big Data analysis
  • Digital processes
  • Cloud computing

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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