Demystifying the digital transition of remanufacturing: a systematic review of literature

E. L. S. Teixeira, B. Tjahjono, M. Beltran, J. Julião*

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The remanufacturing sector has already instigated the shift towards the adoption of digital technology, especially enabled by the progressive development of the Industry 4.0 (I4.0) technologies. However, remanufacturing systems are faced with many challenges that are not typically found in traditional manufacturing systems. Inspired by the need to better understand their idiosyncrasies, particular needs and implications, this paper aims to scrutinise current issues and concerns about digital transformation in the remanufacturing systems. In particular, the paper reviews the extant literature to observe: (1) how the I4.0 technologies have so far been used in remanufacturing and (2) the benefits and risks that need to be considered by remanufacturers when adopting the I4.0 technologies. We have elucidated the significance of our findings and subsequently synthesised our thoughts into eight propositions that demystify the mechanisms of how the I4.0 technologies can bring potential benefits when used by remanufacturers to accomplish a portfolio of remanufacturing tasks, and the risks they need to be aware of. This articulation represents contributions to knowledge as it will set out the underpinning of the future human-technology collaboration, which is key in the I4.0 realm.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103567
JournalComputers in Industry
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2022


  • Industry 4.0
  • Internet of things
  • Remanufacturing
  • Systematic literature review


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