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Industry 4.0 for SMEs

Challenges, Opportunities and Requirements

Editors: Matt, Dominik T., Modrák, Vladimír, Zsifkovits, Helmut (Eds.)

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  • Examines how the SME 4.0 concept can be implemented
  • Provides a mix of research studies with best practice case studies
  • Provides examples of successful implementations focusing on digital solutions 
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This open access book explores the concept of Industry 4.0, which presents a considerable challenge for the production and service sectors. While digitization initiatives are usually integrated into the central corporate strategy of larger companies, smaller firms often have problems putting Industry 4.0 paradigms into practice. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) possess neither the human nor financial resources to systematically investigate the potential and risks of introducing Industry 4.0. Addressing this obstacle, the international team of authors focuses on the development of smart manufacturing concepts, logistics solutions and managerial models specifically for SMEs. Aiming to provide methodological frameworks and pilot solutions for SMEs during their digital transformation, this innovative and timely book will be of great use to scholars researching technology management, digitization and small business, as well as practitioners within manufacturing companies.

About the authors

Dominik T. Matt holds the Chair for Production Systems and Technologies and heads the Industrial Engineering and Automation (IEA) research department in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Dominik is also the Director of Fraunhofer Italia, the largest applied research organization in Europe.

Vladimír Modrák is Professor of Manufacturing Technology at the Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia, where he previously studied. His research interests include cellular manufacturing design, mass-customized manufacturing and planning, and scheduling optimization. Since 2015 he has been a Fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM).   

Helmut Zsifkovits is Professor of Industrial Logistics at Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria, having previously studied at the University of Graz, Austria. His research interests revolve around logistics systems engineering, supply chain strategy and operations management. As well as teaching at universities in Austria, Latvia, Colombia and Germany, Helmut has professional experience in the automotive industry, logistics consultancy and IT.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • SME 4.0: The Role of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises in the Digital Transformation

    Pages 3-36

    Matt, Dominik T. (et al.)

  • SME Requirements and Guidelines for the Design of Smart and Highly Adaptable Manufacturing Systems

    Pages 39-72

    Rauch, Erwin (et al.)

  • Implementation of Industrial Internet of Things and Cyber-Physical Systems in SMEs for Distributed and Service-Oriented Control

    Pages 73-103

    Rojas, Rafael A. (et al.)

  • The Opportunities and Challenges of SME Manufacturing Automation: Safety and Ergonomics in Human–Robot Collaboration

    Pages 105-144

    Gualtieri, Luca (et al.)

  • Requirement Analysis for the Design of Smart Logistics in SMEs

    Pages 147-162

    Dallasega, Patrick (et al.)

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25425-4
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Hardcover $31.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-25424-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Industry 4.0 for SMEs
Book Subtitle
Challenges, Opportunities and Requirements
Editors
  • Dominik T. Matt
  • Vladimír Modrák
  • Helmut Zsifkovits
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-25425-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-25425-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-25424-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXXV, 412
Number of Illustrations
18 b/w illustrations, 83 illustrations in colour
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