Special Issue "Digital Transformation and Its Opportunities for Sustainable Manufacturing"
A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 December 2021) | Viewed by 33431
Interests: Life Cycle Engineering; Sustainable Manufacturing; Life Cycle Assessment; Life Cycle Costing; Circular Economy
Interests: Engineering Research Methodology, System of Systems Engineering, Sustainable Product-Service-Systems, Recycling 4.0, Research data management, Teaching and training for sustainability, Automotive Engineering, E-Mobility
Interests: production planning; process simulation; modeling; operations management; production; production management; optimization; sustainability metrics; integrated management systems; modular LCA assessment; industrial symbiosis; eco-design; technology substitution
Special Issues, Collections and Topics in MDPI journals
The digital transformation has been touted as the game changer especially for the manufacturing sector. Although mainly looked at from the perspective of economic growth (or recovery given the COVID-19 pandemic), businesses and governments recognise the potential of leveraging the same digital transformation enablers to facilitate the sector’s transition to sustainable manufacturing. For instance, the adoption of Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), pervasive sensorisation of production systems at the shop floor- and factory-level, as well as the digitalisation of whole supply chains are generating an unprecedented amount of data. Coupled with the deployment of Cyber-Physical Production System (CPPS) and Digital Twins, these data open up new ways for how manufacturing systems and processes can be efficiently embedded in supply chains – so that the manufacturing and the whole life cycle of products consume less resources, emit less harmful emissions, and generate less waste and pollution.
This special issue aims to further explore the topics at the intersection of digital transformation and sustainable manufacturing. This special issue in particular explores research on intersection area between applicative sustainability aspects driving change in product chains and adoption of digital tools and methodologies to contextualize and improve related assessment, analysis and optimization. Both original research and review papers are welcome, from the various research disciplines, such as smart and sustainable manufacturing, life cycle engineering, eco-design, remanufacturing, circular economy and system of systems engineering. The following non-exhaustive list of topics can be addressed:
- Data science and AI methods towards mitigating the environmental impacts of manufacturing;
- Engineering and design of sustainable products, processes and/or supply chains;
- Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT), Digital Twins and/or Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS);
- Sustainable cyber-physical product- and/or production-service-systems;
- Shop-floor and/or dynamic life cycle assessment (LCA);
- Sustainable operational and business model innovation;
- Digital tracking and monitoring systems for sustainability;
- Circular economy through management and digital tools;
- Sustainability metrics;
- Compliance with international standards.
Dr. Jonathan Sze Choong Low
Dr. Mark Mennenga
Dr. Carlo Brondi
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Sustainability is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Life Cycle Engineering
- Industrial Sustainability
- Industrial Ecology
- Circular Economy
- Industry 4.0
- Cyber-Physical Production System (CPPS)
- Industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT)
- Smart sensoring