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Sustainability through the digitalization of industrial machines: Complementary factors of fuel consumption and productivity for forklifts with sensors
Södertörn University, School of Social Sciences, Business Studies.
Uppsala University.
Bestwood AB.
Linnaeus University.
2019 (English)In: Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, E-ISSN 2071-1050, Vol. 11, no 23, article id 6708Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Increasing the fuel efficiency of industrial machines through digitalization can enable the transport and logistics sector to overcome challenges such as low productivity growth and increasing CO2 emissions. Modern digitalized machines with embedded sensors that collect and transmit operational data have opened up new avenues for the identification of more efficient machine use. While existing studies of industrial machines have mostly focused on one or a few conditioning factors at a time, this study took a complementary approach, using a large set of known factors that simultaneously conditioned both the fuel consumption and productivity of medium-range forklifts (n = 285) that operated in a natural industrial setting for one full year. The results confirm the importance of a set of factors, including aspects related to the vehicles' travels, drivers, operations, workload spectra, and contextual factors, such as industry and country. As a novel contribution, this study shows that the key conditioning factors interact with each other in a non-linear and non-additive manner. This means that addressing one factor at a time might not provide optimal fuel consumption, and instead all factors need to be addressed simultaneously as a system. © 2019 by the authors.

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MDPI, 2019. Vol. 11, no 23, article id 6708
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Complementarities, Digitalization, Fuel consumption, Heavy-duty equipment, Productivity, Sensor data, Sustainability
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Transport Systems and Logistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-39699DOI: 10.3390/su11236708Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076703236OAI: oai:DiVA.org:sh-39699DiVA, id: diva2:1382444
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