Special Issue


We are pleased to inform you about the special issue

Smart production and logistics within Industry 4.0 environment

foreplanned on the International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM) and co-edited by the colleagues Matteo Savino, Marco Bortolini, and Marialuisa Menanno. The authors of the works presented at the Summer School Francesco Turco 2021 are invited to submit extensions of their papers.


Special issue's aim and objectives

Industry 4.0 is the current paradigm of modern production and Supply Chain Management. It provides several business benefits, including operational optimization and value chain optimization. Both manufacturing and assembly processes are required to be at the same time highly flexible, dynamic, customizable, reliable, sustainable and smart. An integrated panel of enabling technologies, ranging from co-robots (cobots) and reconfigurable manufacturing systems to real-time dynamic simulation techniques are available to guarantee effective and high standards in production. In addition, special interest is paid on advanced manufacturing solutions, additive manufacturing, virtual and augmented reality of production systems and processes.

Within these issues, a revolutionary impact on supply chain management should be also investigated, in particular to impact the potentials of Digitalization Technologies (DT) in reducing operating costs and environmental impact, maximizing at the same time customer satisfaction
The aim of this Special Issue is to attract contributions from Academics and Industrial Practitioners dealing with innovative strategies, models, tools and top-class experiences for smart production/logistic design, management and optimization within the challenging framework of the Industry 4.0. Reviews, original models, quantitative methods, technologies, management techniques and disruptive approaches are welcomed as well as industrial case studies and field experiences.


Subjects coverage

Topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Strategies and applications of Industry 4.0 enabling technologies to production processes and systems;
  • Design, management and maintenance of flexible manufacturing and assembly systems;
  • Design, management and maintenance of reconfigurable manufacturing and assembly systems;
  • Integration of additive manufacturing in smart production;
  • Dynamic simulation including digital manufacturing and/or digital-twins;
  • Collaborative human-automation interaction in production;
  • Self-adaptive and self-learning production systems;
  • Strategies, approaches and case histories about Smart and Learning Factories;
  • Machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques for manufacturing and assembly;
  • Methods, enabling technologies, models and case histories to increase production system reliability and self-awareness;
  • DT for Supply Chain Management.


Important dates

  • Manuscripts due by: 21 Sept 2021
  • Notification to authors: 21-Dec-2021
  • Final versions due by: 21-Jan-2022

Interested authors can already work on the extended versions of their papers and submit them after the presentation at the Summer School.