Welcome to the Supply Chain 4.0 Hub

Cranfield's Supply Chain 4.0 Hub attempts to explore the Industry 4.0 technologies for improvement in logistics and supply chain management.  This hub is the driving force in the advancement of supply chain innovation.  Working with our members and strategic partners, our research expertise in supply chain and technology management enables us to develop novel Industry 4.0 applications for various supply chains.


Big Data and Analytics

Introduction

Data is a new currency in digital supply chains, thus storing and analysing such 'big' data is challenging.  Data analytical techniques help to make sense of data by generating useful information and making robust decisions.  This theme focuses on predictive, prescriptive and cognitive analytical techniques to solve complex logistics and supply chain problems.

Focus Areas

  • Big Data Management
  • Supply Chain Data Analytics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cognitive Analytics

Champion

Professor Emel Aktas

New Business Models

Introduction

Cost, efficiency, effectiveness and productivity remain critically important for managing modern supply chains.  New business models in logistics, procurement and supply chains can help shape innovative customer value propositions.  This theme focuses on generating ideas for alternative and new business models to reveal opportunities for growth in logistics, procurement and supply chain.

Focus Areas

  • Omni-Channel Models
  • Linear and Circular Economy Models
  • Eco-Friendly (Sustainable) Models
  • Alternate Fuels/Energy

Champion

Professor Michael Bourlakis

Supply Chain Resilience

Introduction

Supply chain disruptions are on the rise, impacting logistics and supply chains significantly.  This theme focuses on mitigating different types of supply chain disruptions, utilising the Centre's extensive expertise in supply chain risk management to create resilient and/or adaptable modern supply chains.

Focus Areas

  • Cyber Security Risks
  • Climate Change/Environmental Implications
  • Geo-Political Disruptions
  • Food Waste, Loss and Shortages
  • Financial Risks and Other Disruptions

Champion

Dr Heather Skipworth

Autonomous Automation Robotics

Introduction

Robotics and Automation is revolutionising modern manufacturing and distribution operations.  Advances in computing power, software-development techniques and networking technologies have enabled integration of technologies supporting autonomy and automation.  This theme focuses on such technologies to improve supply chain performance and reduce operations costs.

Focus Areas

  • Automation
  • Robotics
  • Autonomous and Smart Vehicles

Champion

Dr Hendrik Reefke

I4 Connect

Introduction

Digital supply chains are connected with modern devices for fast and secure information sharing and connectivity.  This theme focuses on connecting, disruptive technologies impacting supply chains of tomorrow.

Focus Areas

  • Internet of Things (IOT)
  • Digital Twins
  • Blockchain
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Cloud (& 5G) Connectivity

Champion

Dr Abhijeet Ghadge