Industry 4.0 and the current status as well as future prospects on logistics

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract Industry 4.0, referred to as the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”, also known as “smart manufacturing”, “industrial internet” or “integrated industry”, is currently a much-discussed topic that supposedly has the potential to affect entire industries by transforming the way goods are designed, manufactured, delivered and payed. This paper seeks to discuss the opportunities of Industry 4.0 in the context of logistics management, since implications are expected in this field. The authors pursue the goal of shedding light on the young and mostly undiscovered topic of Industry 4.0 in the context of logistics management, thus following a conceptual research approach. At first, a logistics-oriented Industry 4.0 application model as well as the core components of Industry 4.0 are presented. Different logistics scenarios illustrate potential implications in a practice-oriented manner and are discussed with industrial experts. The studies reveal opportunities in terms of decentralisation, self-regulation and efficiency. Moreover, it becomes apparent that the concept of Industry 4.0 still lacks a clear understanding and is not fully established in practice yet. The investigations demonstrate potential Industry 4.0 implications in the context of Just-in-Time/Just-in-Sequence and cross-company Kanban systems in a precise manner. Practitioners could use the described scenarios as a reference to foster their own Industry 4.0 initiatives, with respect to logistics management.
Authors Hofmann, Erik & Rüsch, Marco
Journal or Publication Title Computers in Industry
Language English
Subjects business studies
information management
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area SoM - Business Innovation
Refereed Yes
Date August 2017
Publisher North Holland Publ. Co.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Volume 89
Page Range 23-34
ISSN 0166-3615
ISSN-Digital 1872-6194
Publisher DOI
Contact Email Address
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Erik Hofmann
Date Deposited 23 Jun 2017 08:13
Last Modified 20 Jul 2022 17:31


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Hofmann, Erik & Rüsch, Marco (2017) Industry 4.0 and the current status as well as future prospects on logistics. Computers in Industry, 89 23-34. ISSN 0166-3615

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