Impact of IoT on manufacturing industry 4.0: A new triangular systematic review

Tahera Kalsoom, Shehzad Ahmed*, Piyya Muhammad Rafi-Ul-shan, Muhammad Azmat, Pervaiz Akhtar, Zeeshan Pervez, Muhammad Ali Imran, Masood Ur-Rehman

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The Internet of Things (IoT) has realised the fourth industrial revolution concept; however, its applications in the manufacturing industry are relatively sparse and primarily investigated without contextual peculiarities. Our research undertakes an intricate critical review to investigate significant aspects of IoT applications in the manufacturing Industry 4.0 perspective to address this gap. We adopt a systematic literature review approach by Denyer and Tranfield (2009) to carry out critical analyses that help develop future research domains based on empirical studies. We describe key knowledge gaps in the existing literature and empirical studies by exploring the main contribution categories and finding six critical differences between traditional and manufacturing Industry 4.0 and 10 enablers and 11 challenges of IoT applications. Finally, an agenda for future research is proposed with 11 research domains to focus on the recognised gaps.

Original languageEnglish
Article number12506
Number of pages22
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number22
Early online date12 Nov 2021
Publication statusPublished - 12 Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

This research received no external funding.


  • Drivers and challenges of IoT
  • Industry 4.0
  • IoT
  • Smart factory
  • Systematic review


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