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International Journal of Computer-Integrated Manufacturing

Networked-Distributed Digital Manufacturing:

Towards Circular Economy


SUBMISSION DEADLINE: 30 September 2023


  • Chi Lin, Dalian University of Technology, China. Email:

  • Chang Wu Yu, Chung Hua University, Taiwan

  • Ning Wang, Rowan University, Glassboro, USA



One of the industry's most critical sustainability objectives is to reduce energy, waste, and overflows in operations. Circular supply network operations are basic for expanding weather change resilience, particularly given extending interest for limited natural resources, estimates that climate change would harm middle-class customers and poor implementation of considerable end-of-life product volumes. The foundation of value-added consumption and manufacturing frameworks is being driven by radical developments and sustainability demands in digital manufacturing technologies, in which the circularity of material and energy flows promotes economic growth, social benefits, and environmental stewardship. Involving the newest digital manufacturing advancements in Product-Service System (PSS) and a Redistributed Manufacturing (RdM) approaches the transfer to this new economic model.


Industry 4.0 is seen as a key driver of end-to-end circular supply chains, focusing on the "3R" idea of reuse, recycling, and remanufacturing, closely linked to the Circular Economy. As a result, Industry 4.0 may be able to harness Circular Economy dynamics in modern inventory networks in a long-term and cost-effective manner. It is accomplished by empowering expanded degrees of network among actors and smart equipment, human-machine interaction for operational efficiency, real-time data monitoring, automated wastage collection, sorting, treatment, processing for production efficiency, and increased information processing capability and transport. The benefits of merging Circular Economy functional models in industrial networks are being investigated by policymakers, industry actors, and researchers. Digital manufacturing technologies support Circular Economy value propositions such as optimized material stock and flows, for example, in terms of industry development. Assessment tools and analysis frameworks are filling Operations Management in this context to ease the construction of circular supply chains or promote the adoption of technological advancements in support of value network sustainability.


Circular economy refers to the planning, design, and administration of economy-focused functions capacitated by Industry 4.0 technology to efficiently use renewable feedstocks to promote established value-added manufacturing networks and sustainability. The Circular Economy's integration with Industry 4.0 results in the development of new products. The strategic, scope, and structural implications of incorporating Circular Economy ideas into conventional supply chain design and management for the transition to a real-world circular supply network are essential. There is a knowledge gap in operationalizing the synergy between Industry 4.0 and circular supply chain strategies.


  • Networked-Distributed Digital Manufacturing Integration with digital economy towards Circular Economy

  • Convergence of Big data analytics into advanced robotics for dynamic manufacturing models

  • State of the art functional modeling for redistributed manufacturing paradigm towards Circular Economy

  • Advancement in Sustainable development towards Circular Economy for Industry 4.0

  • Practical challenges for the successful circular economy transition towards digital supply networks

  • Distributed manufacturing strategies to leverage existing renewable feedstocks for circular supply network operations

  • Multidisciplinary analysis on Circular Economy and Digital Economy

  • Acceleration of digital technology for multi-sphere, multi-dimensional breakthroughs to promote Circular Economy

  • A novel framework for current trends and proposing avenues for future research of digital network manufacturing

  • Advancement of Policies and Intellectual Property (IP) regulations to encompass consumer innovation and personalized production

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