Industry 4.0: Machinery integration with supply chain and logistics in compliance with Italian regulations

MethodsX. 2023 Jun 24:11:102269. doi: 10.1016/j.mex.2023.102269. eCollection 2023 Dec.


This paper shows a real overview of the interconnection and automated integration of 4.0 machinery within the supply chain or logistics of two companies in the southern Italian territory. The authors provide an exhaustive analysis of the Italian legislation and the strict requirements in order to assess which investments are part of Industry 4.0 with a focus on business risk. The work also shows the potential of a new framework developed that allows using OPC-UA and Modbus protocols to access the functional variables of the 4.0 machinery in a bidirectional way, directly from cloud applications. The proposed solutions help companies to develop more efficient production processes and to fulfil the requirements imposed by Italian regulations in order to benefit from Industry 4.0 financial aid.

Keywords: Big data; Industrial data exchange; Industry 4.0; Interconnection methods: OPC-UA; Internet of things; Machinery interconnection.

Publication types

  • Review