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Autonomy in logistics with respective to industry 4.0 / Martin Feldmann
AuthorFeldmann, Martin
CensorKopacek, Peter
PublishedWien, 2017
Description80 Blätter : Illustrationen, Diagramme
Institutional NoteTechnische Universität Wien, Master Thesis, 2017
LanguageEnglish
Document typeMaster Thesis
Keywords (DE)Autonomy / Production Logistics / Micro Firms / Small Business
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubtuw:1-97879 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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The world of production logistics has been changed over the last centuries by means of three industrial revolutions. It was already foreseeable that life would be even faster and more intense as global mobility and networking are making our world smaller, more transparent and faster than ever. The fourth revolution has already begun to emerge but this is only the beginning of Industry 4.0. It might be reasonably assumed that this paradigm shift is bearing both positive and negative effects on economy and society. This master thesis reflects actual and upcoming trends mainly attributed to production logistical processes, interacting in a digitized environment. It displays the vision of autonomy, describes the demand on processes and introduces specific and innovation-oriented approaches to logistical solutions. Complex systems are exposed to many variables, promising developments in new technologies imply possibilities and options in current practices. Novel methodological capabilities that enable more efficient operations, enhanced manufacturing depth, individually personalized products and the entrance into new markets, which becomes practically limited by conventional applied techniques. In combination with Cloud Computing, the fourth trendsetting revolution is taking over in multiple lines of business which respond and adapt to the changing market condition. Always looking for improvement, sustainability and profitability the design of the new generation knows no stereotypical paradigms and is internationally considered to be groundbreaking. Market-opening measures plus its financial and economic considerations have predominated so far, sometimes neglecting the resultant social consequences. But with the addition that this fact generally tends to become a meaningful subject since the role and importance of the employee is constantly changing. This thesis can help smaller-sized companies for getting an overview of upcoming developments and serves as a tool for technical and economic decisions. Another ambition is to propose possibilities and alternatives towards the digitization of production logistical processes by considering the role of the employee.

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