Understanding Industry 4.0 digital transformation

Brisco, Ross (2022) Understanding Industry 4.0 digital transformation. Procedings of the Design Society, 2. pp. 2423-2432. ISSN 2633-7762 (https://doi.org/10.1017/pds.2022.245)

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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.