Supporting Industry 4.0 implementation with modeling and simulation - case study

Markku Mikkola (Corresponding author), Patrick Eschemann, Linda Feeken, Jarno Salonen

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This article investigates the modelling and simulation that supports the implementation of Industry 4.0 through two industrial SME case studies. Our findings suggest that the importance of modelling and simulation is increasing significantly also in the SME context as the use of smart manufacturing technologies proliferate in every industry. Rather than applying all-embracing modelling and simulation tools, SMEs need lighter task-focused tools, which they can nimbly utilize and avoid big investments in modelling tools as well as competence development. Larger companies are leading the Industry 4.0 development, but to take full advantage of the benefits it promises, they need to engage their supply chains that often include SMEs. Further research on the changes Industry 4.0 brings about is needed to support the different stakeholders in the value chains better. Research is also needed in order to take advantage of the opportunities, and to respond to the challenges of this transformation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the XXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference "Innovating in a Digital World"
EditorsLeandro Bitetti, Iain Bitran, Steffen Conn, Jessica Fishburn, Eelko Huizingh, Marko Torkkeli, Jialei Yang
PublisherLappeenranta University of Technology
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)978-952-335-695-5
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jun 2022
MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
EventXXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference: Innovating in a Digital World - RAdisson Blu Hotel, Copenhagen, Denmark
Duration: 5 Jun 20228 Jun 2022 (Proceeding submissions)


ConferenceXXXIII ISPIM Innovation Conference
Internet address


  • Industry 4.0
  • Modelling
  • Simulation
  • SME
  • Implementation
  • Supply chain


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