Link between sustainability and industry 4.0: trends, challenges and new perspectives

Furstenau, L. B., Sott, M. K., Kipper, L. M., Machado, Ê. L., López-Robles, J. R., Dohan, M. S., Cobo Martin, M. J., Zahid, A., Abbasi, Q. H. and Imran, M. A. (2020) Link between sustainability and industry 4.0: trends, challenges and new perspectives. IEEE Access, 8, pp. 140079-140096. (doi: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.3012812)

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Abstract

The increasing number of studies that underline the relationship between industry 4.0 and sustainability shows that sustainability is one of the pillars of smart factories. Through a bibliometric performance and network analysis (BPNA), this research describes the existing relationship between industry 4.0 and sustainability, the strategic themes from 2010 to March 2019, as well as the research gaps for proposing future work. With this goal in mind, 894 documents and 5621 keywords were included for bibliometric analysis, which were treated with the support of Science Mapping Analysis Software Tool (SciMAT). The bibliometric performance analysis presented the number of publications over time and the most productive journals. The strategic diagram shown 12 main research clusters, which were measured according to bibliometric indicators. Moreover, the network structure of each cluster was depicted, and the patterns found were discussed based on the documents associated to the network. Our findings show the scientific efforts are focused to enhance economic and environmental aspects and highlights a lack of effort relating the social sphere. Finally, the paper concludes the challenges, perspectives, and suggestions for the potential future work in the field of study relating to industry 4.0 and sustainability.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Imran, Professor Muhammad and Zahid, Mr Adnan and Abbasi, Dr Qammer
Authors: Furstenau, L. B., Sott, M. K., Kipper, L. M., Machado, Ê. L., López-Robles, J. R., Dohan, M. S., Cobo Martin, M. J., Zahid, A., Abbasi, Q. H., and Imran, M. A.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:IEEE Access
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:2169-3536
ISSN (Online):2169-3536
Published Online:29 July 2020
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2020 The Authors
First Published:First published in IEEE Access 8: 140079-140096
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
172865EPSRC DTP 16/17 and 17/18Tania GalabovaEngineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/N509668/1Research and Innovation Services