Understanding Industry 4.0 Digital Transformation

DS 116: Proceedings of the DESIGN2022 17th International Design Conference

Year: 2022
Editor: Mario Štorga, Stanko Škec, Tomislav Martinec, Dorian Marjanović
Author: Ross Brisco
Series: DESIGN
Institution: University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom
Section: Engineering Design Practice
Page(s): 2423-2432
DOI number: https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.245
ISSN: 2732-527X (Online)


The concept of Industry 4.0 has motivated large engineering sectors towards a common focus for improvement. Academics have capitalised on the common language, shared motivation and marketability of Industry 4.0. The potential and perceived benefits of Industry 4.0 are clear within academia and beyond. However, are engineering companies ready for the digital transformation associated? and, can Industry 4.0 be achieved by SMEs? In this paper, we investigate these questions through activity on project road mapping with 4 Scottish companies to reveal Industry 4.0 readiness and literacy.

Keywords: digital transformation, project planning, project management, industry 4.0, supportive technologies

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