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Industry 4.0 Maturity Model Assessing Environmental Attributes of Manufacturing Company

Version 1 : Received: 6 May 2021 / Approved: 7 May 2021 / Online: 7 May 2021 (15:34:51 CEST)

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Zoubek, M.; Poor, P.; Broum, T.; Basl, J.; Simon, M. Industry 4.0 Maturity Model Assessing Environmental Attributes of Manufacturing Company. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5151. Zoubek, M.; Poor, P.; Broum, T.; Basl, J.; Simon, M. Industry 4.0 Maturity Model Assessing Environmental Attributes of Manufacturing Company. Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5151.

Journal reference: Appl. Sci. 2021, 11, 5151
DOI: 10.3390/app11115151

Abstract

The primary purpose of this article is to present a maturity model dealing with environmental manufacturing processes in a company. First, a theoretical approach is presented where evolution from the first industrial revolution to the present (Industry 4.0.) is outlined with a need to implement environmental initiatives. Chapter two contains a detailed literature review, which resulted in the creation of our own maturity model presented in the next chapter. According to some authors, Industry 4.0 is based on characteristics that have already been the focus of “lean and green” concepts. The practical part of the article is a case study that shows which areas of the manufacturing process have “environmental” potential. The goal was to move from resource consumption, pollutant emissions and more extensive manufacturing towards environmentally responsible manufacturing (ERM). Using environmental materials and methods reduces energy consumption, which generates cost savings and higher profits. Here, VSM (Value Stream Mapping) was applied to identify core processes with environmental potential. The final part of the article summarizes the work and presents future possibilities. This paper provides an understanding of the role of environmental manufacturing in the era of the 4th industrial revolution.

Subject Areas

carbon footprint; environmental manufacturing; Industry 4.0; maturity models; Value Stream Mapping (VSM)

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