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Industry 4.0 from the MIS Perspective

Edited By Sevinc Gülseçen, Zerrin Ayvaz Reis, Murat Gezer and Çiğdem Erol

Nowadays, an end-to-end industrial transformation called Industry 4.0 sets new goals for manufacturing and impacts on business outcomes. With some of its characteristic elements such as IoT (Internet of Things), digital twin simulation models, advanced robots, big data analytics, and virtual/augmented reality, Industry 4.0 is «de facto» going further. The book aims to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the area of Management Information Systems (MIS) with the scope of Industry 4.0. The strategic role of Industry 4.0 in the distributed business environment and the necessity to protect and properly utilize its key elements at different levels of organizations as well as in society are discussed.

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Current Research Topics in Industry 4.0 and an Analysis of Prominent Frameworks (Kerem Kayabay / Mehmet Ali Akyol / Mert Onuralp Gökalp / Altan Koçyiğit / P. Erhan Eren)

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Kerem Kayabay*, Mehmet Ali Akyol, Mert Onuralp Gökalp, Altan Koçyiğit and P. Erhan Eren

Current Research Topics in Industry 4.0 and an Analysis of Prominent Frameworks

1.  Introduction

The fourth industrial revolution is expected to change production in the near future. This concept promises comprehensive transformations for manufacturing plants in which ordinary machines interact with each other to create context-aware, self-sufficient and even conscious production systems. Enabled by advancements in a series of technology domains, the next industrial revolution builds upon the third industrial revolution that was driven by advancements in electronics and information technology (IT) that allowed automation of complex tasks in mass production systems. Since we already utilize IT in manufacturing today, we need a clearer understanding of Industry 4.0 in order to distinguish between today’s ordinary factory and the next-generation smart factory.

Manufacturing organizations have certain motivations to invest in and make the transition into the next industrial era. For example, they want much more flexibility in their production line. In the next-generation factories, throughout the same production line, reconfigurable robots allow variations in products and even single unique items can be produced according to individual customer needs. As we move on to the next-generation of manufacturing, mass production now becomes mass customization (European Parliamentary Research Service, 2015).

Resilient production is an important motivation and it is yet to be realized. When machines are self-aware and clustered in machine groups,...

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