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Supply chain process oriented technology-framework for industry 4.0

Florian Schlüter and Endric Hetterscheid

A chapter in Digitalization in Supply Chain Management and Logistics: Smart and Digital Solutions for an Industry 4.0 Environment, 2017, pp 275-299 from Hamburg University of Technology (TUHH), Institute of Business Logistics and General Management

Abstract: Digitalization in supply chains is an arising topic. Screening recent publications in this field delivers no application-oriented classification of potential Industry 4.0 technologies for supply chain processes. The purpose of this paper is to present an application-oriented Technology-Framework speeding up the development of digitalization scenarios for supply chain processes.A structured literature review will be carried out to identify and extract relevant technologies within the field of Industry 4.0. Afterwards, the Process Chain Model will be used to come up with standardized and application-oriented categories for technologies to derive a framework. Based on a comparative study, the Process Chain Model was especially developed for illustrating and transforming supply chain and logistics processes.The new Technology-Framework supports the transformation process by giving the user (1) a standardized framework for technology categorization and (2) by giving a comprehensive overview about existing technologies in the literature. The framework serves as a basis for future supply chain process transformation. By grouping the technologies around approved categories - originally defined for describing process chain elements - it speeds up the identification and selection of appropriate technologies.

Keywords: Industry 4.0; Supply chain management; Digitalization; Technology scouting (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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