Dossier: Impact of industry 4.0: opportunities and threat

The last years have been marked by the emergence of new technologies, some disruptive that enhance the way that products are made and how companies are organized. These technologies include: Internet of Things (IoT, Internet of Services ( Internet of services) - IoS; Cyber-Physical Systems- CPS; Horizontal integration; Vertical integration; End-to-End digital integration; Cloud computing; Additive Manufacturingor3D printing; Large data; Cybersecurity; Simulation; Autonomous robot (autonomous robot); Radio frequency identification (Radio-Frequency IDentification) - RFID; Machine To Machine (Machinetomachine)- M2M; Artificial Intelligence (AI; Data Analytics; SyntheticBiology - SynBio; Virtual Reality (Virtual reality) - VR; Rand Augmented Reality - AR; MixedReality (Mixed Reality) - MR; Trust Protocol (Blockchain)

The integration of this technology was presented by Kagermann et al. (2011), and first designated as Industry 4.0 "Henning Kagermann, Wolf-DieterLukas, and Wolfgang Wahlsteruse to describe the recommendations of the actions proposed in the Industry 4.0 project of the Communication Promoters Group of the Alliance of Industry-Science Research of the Federal Government of Germany on January 25, 2011.

The Industry 4.0 Project was a strategic initiative of the German government as part of the 2020 Strategy Action Plan. The "Implementation Recommendations for the Industry 4.0 project" was presented to the German government in Berlin (Henning, Wolfgang, and Johannes, 2012).

Industry 4.0 became popular in 2013 in Hannover when the Final Report of the Industry 4.0 Working Group, entitled "Recommendations for the Implementation of the Strategic Initiative Industry 4.0" (Kagermann et al., 2013), was presented. In strategic terms, the German government wanted to foster the development of companies with high technology and high added value.

From 2013 to now there has been growing interest in this topic, the database Scopus evidences this trend, until 2020 the number of publications used in the title or abstract the term "industry 4.0" was increasing.

In recent years studies have been very focused, in scientific terms, on the impact, advantages, and disadvantages, more or less integrated, application of technologies in industry 4.0. Of course, this subject has extended to all areas of knowledge, services, health, quality, society among others. The impact of these technologies is so high that it is now agreed that we are facing a fourth industrial revolution based on these technologies. 

This dossier for the journal Production and Development, of the Federal Center for Technological Education Celso Suckow da Fonseca (Nova Iguaçu, RJ), privileges practical applications of technologies associated with industry 4.0 in the different environments mentioned. Scientific articles based on methodological discussions, historical review interests, or conceptual contributions on the technologies integrated here in question, "smart industry, cities, services".

We are sure that this call corresponds to a current theme of great interest, with abundant sources, whose purpose contributes to the reduction of investigative voids, where there is a great demand for the scientific content.

Everyone is invited to answer this call!

Record at the end of the article submission the contribution CRediT of each of authors and contributors. See the template file.



Submit papers to this special call up to December 10, 2021


Guest Editor: Fernando Manuel Bigares Charrua Santos - Universidade da Beira Interior



Santos, B. P., Alberto, A., Lima, T. D. F. M., & Charrua-Santos, F. M. B. (2018). INDÚSTRIA 4.0: DESAFIOS E OPORTUNIDADES. Revista Produção E Desenvolvimento4(1), 111-124.

Henning Kagermann, Wolf-Dieter Lukas,W. W. (2011) 'Industrie_4_0_Mit_dem_Internet_der_Dinge_auf_dem_Weg_zur_vierten_industriellen_Revolution_2', Opinion,p. 13.

Henning Kagermann, Wolf-Dieter Lukas, W. W. (2013) Recommendations for implementing the strategic initiative INDUSTRIE 4.0 Final report of the Industrie 4.0 Working Group, Acatech. Available at:

Henning, K., Wolfgang, P. D. W. and Johannes, D. H. (2012) ‘Forschungs union’, Forschungsunion.