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Process and Product innovation in the Eyewear sector: The Role of Industry 4.0 Enabling Technologies for Managing Consumer Health

Version 1 : Received: 23 November 2020 / Approved: 24 November 2020 / Online: 24 November 2020 (13:22:26 CET)

How to cite: Murmura, F.; Bravi, L.; Santos, G. Process and Product innovation in the Eyewear sector: The Role of Industry 4.0 Enabling Technologies for Managing Consumer Health. Preprints 2020, 2020110615 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0615.v1). Murmura, F.; Bravi, L.; Santos, G. Process and Product innovation in the Eyewear sector: The Role of Industry 4.0 Enabling Technologies for Managing Consumer Health. Preprints 2020, 2020110615 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202011.0615.v1).

Abstract

This paper aims to provide the reader with an organic view of the eyewear sector considering both market and quality aspects and evaluating the role of Industry 4.0 in process and product innovation for managing consumer health, analyzing a case study of a leading multinational company in the eyewear and ophthalmic lenses sector. The research has been developed with a qualitative approach. The study is a conceptual development and it uses an exploratory interview to create a single case study. The case study was developed with the realization by the researcher of a semi-structured interview. The selected interlocutor was the Innovation Manager of Alpha Optics. it has been decided to focus the attention on this figure, as it was responsible for the realization and introduction into the company of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies for developing health innovations. From this case study it was possible to observe how the connection with the trends that influence the demand for eyeglasses is a driving factor for product innovation. Products increasingly adapted to the needs of young people and the use of digital devices seem to be the ones on which the greatest number of innovations are concentrated.

Subject Areas

Industry 4.0; Enabling technologies; Eyewear Sector; Case Study; Innovation

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