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Industry 4.0 for SMEs

Challenges, Opportunities and Requirements

  • Dominik T. Matt
  • Vladimír Modrák
  • Helmut Zsifkovits


  • Examines how the SME 4.0 concept can be implemented

  • Provides a mix of research studies with best practice case studies

  • Provides examples of successful implementations focusing on digital solutions

Open Access

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxv
  2. Introduction to Industry 4.0 for SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. Industry 4.0 Concepts for Smart Manufacturing in SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Erwin Rauch, Andrew R. Vickery, Christopher A. Brown, Dominik T. Matt
      Pages 39-72 Open Access
    3. Luca Gualtieri, Ilaria Palomba, Erich J. Wehrle, Renato Vidoni
      Pages 105-144 Open Access
  4. Industry 4.0 Concepts for Smart Logistics in SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Patrick Dallasega, Manuel Woschank, Helmut Zsifkovits, Korrakot Tippayawong, Christopher A. Brown
      Pages 147-162 Open Access
    3. Helmut Zsifkovits, Johannes Kapeller, Hermann Reiter, Christian Weichbold, Manuel Woschank
      Pages 163-192 Open Access
    4. Helmut Zsifkovits, Manuel Woschank, Sakgasem Ramingwong, Warisa Wisittipanich
      Pages 193-212 Open Access
  5. Industry 4.0 Managerial, Organizational and Implementation Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Vladimír Modrák, Zuzana Šoltysová
      Pages 215-250 Open Access
    3. Guido Orzes, Robert Poklemba, Walter T. Towner
      Pages 251-277 Open Access
    4. Apichat Sopadang, Nilubon Chonsawat, Sakgasem Ramingwong
      Pages 279-302 Open Access
  6. Case Studies and Methodical Tools for Implementing Industry 4.0 in SMEs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 303-303
    2. Kamil Židek, Vladimír Modrák, Ján Pitel, Zuzana Šoltysová
      Pages 305-334 Open Access
    3. Luca Gualtieri, Rafael A. Rojas, Manuel A. Ruiz Garcia, Erwin Rauch, Renato Vidoni
      Pages 335-382 Open Access
    4. Christopher A. Brown
      Pages 383-401 Open Access
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 403-412

About this book


This open access book explores the concept of Industry 4.0, which presents a considerable challenge for the production and service sectors. While digitization initiatives are usually integrated into the central corporate strategy of larger companies, smaller firms often have problems putting Industry 4.0 paradigms into practice. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) possess neither the human nor financial resources to systematically investigate the potential and risks of introducing Industry 4.0. Addressing this obstacle, the international team of authors focuses on the development of smart manufacturing concepts, logistics solutions and managerial models specifically for SMEs. Aiming to provide methodological frameworks and pilot solutions for SMEs during their digital transformation, this innovative and timely book will be of great use to scholars researching technology management, digitization and small business, as well as practitioners within manufacturing companies.


Digital Business Fourth Industrial Revolution Smart Logistics Small to Medium Sized Enterprises Smart Manufacturing open access

Editors and affiliations

  • Dominik T. Matt
    • 1
  • Vladimír Modrák
    • 2
  • Helmut Zsifkovits
    • 3
  1. 1.Faculty of Science and TechnologyFree University of Bozen-BolzanoBolzanoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Manufacturing ManagementTechnical University of KošicePrešovSlovakia
  3. 3.Chair of Industrial LogisticsMontanuniversität LeobenLeobenAustria

About the editors

Dominik T. Matt holds the Chair for Production Systems and Technologies and heads the Industrial Engineering and Automation (IEA) research department in the Faculty of Science and Technology at the Free University of Bozen-Bolzano, Italy. Dominik is also the Director of Fraunhofer Italia, the largest applied research organization in Europe.

Vladimír Modrák is Professor of Manufacturing Technology at the Technical University of Kosice in Slovakia, where he previously studied. His research interests include cellular manufacturing design, mass-customized manufacturing and planning, and scheduling optimization. Since 2015 he has been a Fellow of the European Academy for Industrial Management (AIM).   

Helmut Zsifkovits is Professor of Industrial Logistics at Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria, having previously studied at the University of Graz, Austria. His research interests revolve around logistics systems engineering, supply chain strategy and operations management. As well as teaching at universities in Austria, Latvia, Colombia and Germany, Helmut has professional experience in the automotive industry, logistics consultancy and IT.

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