Industry 4.0 as digitalization over the entire product lifecycle: Opportunities in the automotive domain

Eric Armengaud*, Christoph Sams, Georg von Falck, Georg List, Christian Kreiner, Andreas Riel

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Industry 4.0 is an important trend aiming at increasing competitiveness and rebalancing value creation in global networks. It targets the reduction of production costs while improving product quality and production scalability and individualization by means of digitalization of product and production. Products as well as their production are becoming cognitive and can therefore better adapt to given customer needs or production variations. In this paper, we discuss impacts of Industry 4.0 along the entire automotive supply chain. In particular, we illustrate that Industry 4.0 in the automotive context has a high cross-impact between development, production, operation and maintenance, thus requiring innovative solutions along the entire value creation chain. We enhance the commonly understood scope of Industry 4.0 towards digitalization over the entire product lifecycle and introduce data-driven business models to support exploitation of opportunities coming from this digitalization over the supply chain. We also propose a seamless cost engineering discipline in the automotive context for enabling a more systematic analysis and monitoring of the foreseen production costs from early development phase until SOP. This leverages system optimization to fulfil customer expectations from a functional, contextual and from an affordability point of view.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSystems, Software and Services Process Improvement - 24th European Conference, EuroSPI 2017, Proceedings
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9783319642178
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event24th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement: EuroSPI 2017 - VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Duration: 6 Sept 20178 Sept 2017
Conference number: 24

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
ISSN (Print)1865-0929


Conference24th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement
Abbreviated titleEuroSPI 2017
Country/TerritoryCzech Republic
Internet address


  • Automotive
  • Big data
  • Industry 4.0
  • PLE
  • Product lifecycle
  • Simultaneous cost engineering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)
  • Mathematics(all)


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