With the realization of cyber–physical systems introduced in the fourth stage of industrialization, industry 4.0 is leading the manufacturing process into the smart factory era. To help with smart manufacturing, IT-based integrations are being studied and implemented such as the horizontal integration of inter-corporation value networks, vertical integration inside factories and the end-to-end integration of the engineering value chain.
To allow machines connected as a collaborative community and to produce products based on analyzed feedback data, we rely on the IoT and cloud technologies to build smart factories. With the pervasive trends of collecting big data from IoT sensors and of analyzing data using machine learning or AI technologies, come novel methods to control or change the way physical goods are produced in all industrial sectors.
This includes important issues for smart factories, including how to smartly balance and compensate the work load and stress for each machine according to its individual health condition, how to produce quality products and maintain excellent machine performance, how to integrate various networks. This Special Issue therefore will therefore cover industry 4.0, industrial IoT, smart manufacturing, predictive maintenance, and cloud solutions for smart factory. The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:
Internet architecture, protocols and application Internet operation and management for smart factories Industrial IoT, robotics and AI applications Big data, machine learning and AI for industry 4.0 Preventive/predictive maintenance for smart factories Cloud solutions and edge computing for smart factories Secure and scalable SCADA systems Data security and privacy in smart factories Cyber–physical systems (CPS) Conditional monitoring and control for intelligent manufacturing Wireless sensor and actuator networks in manufacturing Secure protocols for industrial applications
Prof. Li-Hua Li Prof. Cheng-Ying Yang Guest Editors