Towards Socio-Technical Network Analysis (STNA) in the Connected World of Industry 4.0 and Digital Manufacturing

Vishal Singh*, Saeed Mirzaeifar

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Abstract

Industry 4.0 aims to leverage the connected capabilities and intelligence of distributed socio-technical systems including people, computer-aided design and engineering tools, information systems and sensor networks, robotics, and advanced manufacturing, etc. to improve productivity, quality, flexibility, safety and sustainability across manufacturing enterprises and production environments. Building on this approach, there is also a greater promise of transformation in other industries such as construction and shipbuilding which have traditionally been laggards in direct digital manufacturing. Nonetheless, in order to be able to leverage the connected intelligence of the socio-technical network, we need corresponding tools and methods for Socio-Technical Network Analysis (STNA) and facilitate coordination and transaction of data, information, and knowledge between the distributed systems. This paper discusses the steps towards a framework for STNA in a connected design and manufacturing environment, especially focusing on assessment of transaction of data, information, and knowledge between the constituents of the distributed system.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndustry 4.0 and Advanced Manufacturing
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of I-4AM 2019
EditorsAmaresh Chakrabarti, Manish Arora
Pages47-55
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)978-981-15-5689-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021
MoE publication typeA3 Part of a book or another research book

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering
ISSN (Print)2195-4356
ISSN (Electronic)2195-4364

Keywords

  • Human–machine interaction
  • Socio-Technical network analysis (STNA)
  • Socio-technical system
  • Transactive memory systems (TMS)

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