Strategies and tools for industry 4.0

A.A. 2020/2021
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Obiettivi formativi
Industry 4.0 is a frame for the application of different digital technologies (e.g. Internet of things, machine learning and robotics) that can significantly modify or disrupt several industrial and service sectors. The course aims at providing students with a comprehensive understanding of Industry 4.0 objectives, framework and methodologies to face the complexity of implementing an Industry 4.0 strategy (decision making, problem solving, project management, change management) and its disruptive potential (automation, breakthrough in process management, new products/business models, etc.). To get this goal, the course will deep dive the main digital technologies that are state of the art in Industry 4.0, through business cases that will clarify the benefits, but also the risk and the complexity of their full implementation in the real-life context. To this purpose, a focus will be on the "human side" of Industry 4.0 that remains the key success factor: new skills, new ways of working, new organizational setup. The educational objectives will be pursued with constant exchange and critical discussion with and among the students, with a fact-based approach and taking advantage of individual and group activities.
Risultati apprendimento attesi
The main expected result for the participants in the course is the practical learning on how to effectively approach an Industry 4.0 project or becoming a contributing innovator in a company with a strategic roadmap to Industry 4.0. Students will be able to frame the complexity of Industry 4.0, selecting the different opportunities behind the disruptive digital technologies, identifying the main objectives of their application and setting the main risks to be considered in approaching an Industry 4.0 change. Additionally, students will learn what are the skills to be further deepen to increase expertise in applying Industry 4.0 principles.
Programma e organizzazione didattica

Edizione unica

Secondo trimestre
The Industry 4.0 vision
- A Conceptual Framework for Industry 4.0
- Overview of supportive Technologies
Smart technology framework for Industry 4.0 and applications
- Data Analytics
- Digital Traceability
- Robotics
- Augmented Reality
- Additive Manufacturing Technologies
- Virtual Factory and simulation
Strategies and tools for Industry 4.0
- Maturity and Readiness Model
- Technology Roadmap
- Business model archetypes
- Smart and Connected Product Business Models
- Internet of Things and New Value Proposition
- Lean Production Systems for Industry 4.0
- Skills 4.0: Talent Development for Industry 4.0
- Project Portfolio Selection
- Project management for Industry 4.0: Manage the change and lead a transformational team for Industry 4.0
Project management workshop
- Teamworking exercise to experience what learned
Industry 4.0 experts from key companies will join us sharing experiences and results of Industry 4.0 projects.
No specific prerequisite is required. It is expected an understanding of digital language and main technologies
Metodi didattici
Industry 4.0 can only be understood through analysis of concrete cases (e.g. a visit to an Industry 4.0 real-life case) and continuous critical thinking, driven by open questions. Today we already live in a 4.0 lifestyle, so the course will try to be a collaborative experience, taking advantage of available collaboration tools. Frequent short quizzes are part of the feedback and effectiveness evaluation of the course. A visit to a Industry 4.0 Lab and a workshop is planned. Teamworking is also a key pedagogic approach and a collaborative workshop is planned
Materiale di riferimento
Textbook: Alp Ustundag, Emre Cevikcan, Industry 4.0: Managing the Digital Transformation, Springer Verlag. 2018.

The best way to deepen the course content are the course slides where in almost each slide references and sources are available.
Below a not exhaustive list of such references
1. World Economic Forum, Fourth Industrial Revolution (archive) (
2. World Economic Forum, Mapping the global transformation (interactive map) (…)
3. World Economic Forum. What is the Fourth Industrial Revolution? 2016 (
4. Shubhabrata Datta, J. Paulo Davim, Optimization in Industry Present Practices and Future Scopes, Springer Verlag, 2019
5. Weking, Stöcker, Kowalkiewicz, Böhm, Krcmar Archetypes for Industry 4.0 Business Model Innovations, 2018 (…)
6. Murat M. Gunal, Simulation for Industry 4.0 Past, Present, and Future, Springer Verlag, 2019
7. ABB Dalmine Smart Lab,
8. World Economic Forum. Fourth Industrial Revolution; Beacons of Technology and Innovation in Manufacturing,…
9. Aydin Azizi, Applications of Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Industry 4.0, Springer Verlag, 2019
10. Uwe Winkelhake, The Digital Transformation of the Automotive Industry, Catalysts, Roadmap, Practice, Springer Verlag, 2017
11. Andreas Jakl, Lucas Schoffer, Matthias Husinsky and Markus Wagner, Augmented Reality for Industry 4.0: Architecture and User Experience, Proceedings of the 11th Forum Media Technology and 4th All Around Audio Symposium St. Pölten, Austria, November 28-29, 2018 (
12. Packaging world, Robotics in Industry 4.0 - Five major challenges for the packaging industry (…)
13. Project Management Institute, A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (sixth edition)
14. Mehrshad Mehrpouya, Amir Dehghanghadikolaei, Behzad Fotovvati, Alireza Vosooghnia, Sattar S. Emamian and Annamaria Gisario, The Potential of Additive Manufacturing in the Smart Factory Industrial 4.0: A Review, Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 3865 (
15. Dorleta Ibarraa, Jaione Ganzaraina, Juan Ignacio Igartua, Business model innovation through Industry 4.0: A review, Procedia Manufacturing Volume 22, 2018, Pages 4-10 (
16. Stefanie Peitzker, Lean meets Industry 4.0: Value stream thinking as denominator, Bosch 2016 (…)
17. Thomas Korne, How to Start with Industry 4.0 in SMEs Practical Roadmap for Industry 4.0 Introduction in SME, IPL - Institute for Production and Logistics Systems, 2017 (…)
18. Tae Yoo, Why 'perpetual learning' will help you thrive in the changing world of work, World Economic Forum, 2019
19. Megan Doepker, 5 ways students can graduate fully qualified for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum, 2019 (…)
20. Skills Development Scotland, Skills 4.0: A skills model to drive Scotland's future, 2018 (…)
21. Ian Conaway, 6 reasons why manufacturing traceability is essential now, 2019 (…)
22. Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, Blueprint For Industry 4.0: What Manufacturers Must Do Today, 2019 (…)
Modalità di verifica dell’apprendimento e criteri di valutazione
For frequenting students, actively participating to lessons
- Individual mid-term test sessions (50%) with 7-10 closed and open questions on the first half of the course content (Industry 4.0 vision and Smart technology framework and applications). The test is planned the first half of February 2021.
- Individual final test sessions (50%) with 7-10 closed and open questions on the second half of the course content (Strategies and tools for Industry 4.0). The test is planned end of March - beginning of April 2021.
For not-frequenting students
- Individual test sessions (100%) with 15-20 closed and open questions on the overall course content
Lezioni: 60 ore
Docente: Zanzi Paolo
By appointment. Please contact the Professor by e-mail
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