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Exploring Industry 4.0 Technologies to Enhance Circularity in Textile Industry: Role of Internet of Things

Publication Details
Authors: Ghoreishi Malahat, Happonen Ari, Pynnönen Mikko
Publication year: 2020
Language: English
Related Journal or Series Information: International working seminar on production economics
Title of parent publication: 21st International working seminar on Production Economics
JUFO-Level of this publication: 0
Open Access: Not an Open Access publication


In circularity, raw material usage
and product designs are considered for extended usage through different
processes of redesign, repair, modular re-usage and refurbishment to eliminate
finite resource problem and to maximize materials value. Circular economy aims
for zero-waste design in which, products are used as raw materials for new
production processes up until their end of life. Digitalization with its
technology development is boosting the transition towards circular economies models
by supporting the analyses of huge data amounts on products and materials
during their lifecycle from design phase, until the end of life and recycle
stages. Accordingly, there should be a close collaboration between industries,
consumers and policy makers to have precise data on collecting waste materials
which can be faster and easier by utilizing digital technologies.
Digitalization helps in product-life extension through data analysis and
transformation on processes such as product maintenance services or digital platforms
which are used to resell second-hand products. This paper articulates how IoT
(Internet of Things) is implemented in circular redesign processes in textile
industry. Textiles companies have different approaches and business models on
collecting textile waste from consumers, distributors and stores. For this
reason, it is highly important to have end users and stakeholders educated on
how digitalization will help them return used products to raw material
circulation and to encourage them for contributing to product related data
usage and collection related to products. The research focuses on how utilizing
IoT will increase the opportunities of textile waste collection towards higher
circular value chains and maximum effectiveness.

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