A framework for operative and social sustainability functionalities in Human- Centric Cyber-Physical Production Systems
Journal article, 2020

In a near future where manufacturing companies are faced with the rapid technological developments of Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and Industry 4.0, a need arises to consider how this will affect human operators remaining as a vital and important resource in modern production systems. What will the implications of these orchestrated and ubiquitous technologies in production – a concept we call Cyber-Physical Production Systems (CPPS) – be on the health, learning and operative performance of human workers? This paper makes three main contributions to address the question. First, it synthesizes the diverse literature regarding CPS and social sustainability in production systems. Second, it conceptualizes a holistic framework, the CyFL Matrix, and outlines a guideline to analyze how the functionalities of a CPPS relate to operational and social sustainability-related performance impacts at different levels of analysis. Finally, it presents an industrial use case, which the CyFL Matrix and the related guidelines are applied to. In doing so, the study offers first support to researchers and managers of manufacturing companies willing to define suitable operational and social sustainability-related performances for Human-centric Cyber-Physical Production Systems of the future.



Cyber-Physical Production System

Social Sustainability

Industry 4.0




Marta Pinzone

Polytechnic University of Milan

Federico Albé

Polytechnic University of Milan

Davide Orlandelli

Ilaria Giovanna Barletta

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Cecilia Berlin

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Design and Human Factors

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Marco Taisch

Polytechnic University of Milan

Computers and Industrial Engineering

0360-8352 (ISSN)

Vol. 139 105132

Subject Categories

Computer Engineering

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Other Engineering and Technologies

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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