Industrial automation findings: Smart Manufacturing Kaizen Level (SMKL) based maturity evaluation access to digital transformation and decarbonization



Published Sep 4, 2023
Nicole S. Otoki Yasuo Onodera Mitsushiro Fujishima


Digital transformation is fostering the evolution within the manufacturing industry, entering a new era of smart manufacturing. Manufacturers are facing the challenge in organizing various of disruptive events, while supporting their business sustainability in a coordinated manner across manufacturing. Especially, in response to Paris Agreement, decarbonization has arisen as one of the essential keys to smart manufacturing for manufacturers to achieve their business sustainability. In this paper, we present a maturity model called Smart Manufacturing Kaizen Level (SMKL), which evaluate smart manufacturing implementation maturity by applying manufacturing data and supporting on implementation with reasonable investment. With SMKL, manufacturers can have a better understanding of their efforts in the smart manufacturing journey and how to commit to their decarbonization targets in scaling up implementation continuously. We also provide real life case studies utilizing SMKL to lower the barriers in understanding and assure the effectiveness of smart manufacturing assessment in practice.

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sustainability, management, smart manufacturing, maturity evaluation, SMKL, decarbonization, digital transformation

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