David Romero

David Romero
Tecnológico de Monterrey | ITESM · Advanced Manufacturing Research Group / Center for Innovation in Design and Technology

Professor
Research interests: #Operator40, #DigitalLeanManufacturing, #Servitization, #OperationsManagement, #SmartManufacturing

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Introduction
Proven professional in versatile leadership roles in different strategic research, innovation and technology management areas. Demonstrated success in managing national and international projects in different fields. Proven track record for obtaining and managing large budgets and teams. Strong competencies for negotiating with national and international contractors and partners. *Students, please contact for Master's & PhD's degrees scholarships at the Tecnológico de Monterrey: dromero@tec.mx

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Publications (207)
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[BEST PAPER AWARD] This paper presents early concepts and future projections of the so-called ‘Operator 4.0’, understood as a smart, skilled operator who performs not only cooperative work with robots but also aided work by machines as and if needed by means of human cyber-physical systems, advanced human-machine interaction technologies and adapti...
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This paper addresses the potential of smart wearable and collaborative technologies in support of healthier, safer, and more productive shop floor environments during the present and post– coronavirus 2019 pandemic emerging digital manufacturing worlds. It highlights the urgent need to “digitally transform” many high-touch shop floor operations int...
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Most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has shown industries all around the world that their current manufacturing systems are not as resilient as expected and therefore many are failing. The workforce is the most agile and flexible manufacturing resource and simultaneously the most fragile one due to its humanity. By making human operators more resil...
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This paper explores the emergence of the next cyber/digital frontier for lean manufacturing practices. It focuses on (a) the new capabilities of information and operational technologies (ITs/OTs) for proactively detecting and eliminating potential 'physical waste' in production processes, preventing its manifestation in the real world through power...
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This paper discusses Five Management Pillars for Digital Transformation integrating the Lean Thinking Philosophy. It proposes a "Digital Lean Transformation Framework" where its five management pillars-(Digital) Strategic Management, Processes (Re-)Engineering Management, (Digital) Technology Management, Change (People) Management, and (Digital) Ri...
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Products and assets are becoming increasingly “smart”, e.g., mechatronic, electronic, or cyber-physical. In the lack of fully reliable wireless solutions, extensive wiring and wire bundling into wire harnesses are needed. This has manufacturing implications, leading to increasingly complex wire harness assembly processes, where numerous components,...
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This paper employs a real-time, open-question qualitative survey method to investigate the past, present, and future of the Lean Industry 4.0 field. A major trend is found in researchers moving from technological backgrounds such as engineering, or other STEM subjects, into more socio-technical departments and developing interests in wider areas su...
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[BEST PAPER AWARD] The importance of Visual Management (or "Mieruka" as it is called in Japanese) has been largely demonstrated over the last few years, especially when it comes to the creation and management of data-rich environments for effective and efficient data-driven decision-making, such as digital lean smart factories. Although the differe...
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Poka-Yoke devices have always been regarded by lean manufacturing companies as essential quality control and assurance tools to support efficient and effective manufacturing processes and procedures. Thanks to their ease of use and low cost, these devices help maintain high-quality standards and also encourage organisations to undertake Kaizen cont...
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Global sustainability challenges are increasingly constraining and driving industrial development. Eco-efficiency and circular economy are powerful concepts providing guiding principles to achieve superior environmental performance. However, they are not systematically integrated into the design, planning , development, management and improvement o...
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In the contention of the current industrial landscape, an increasing number of manufacturing firms are experimenting with the transition from product-centric offerings to service-based value concepts and product-service bundles as high-value integrated customer solutions to increase their revenues and build sustainable competitive advantages; a phe...
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In this state-of-the-art review, the authors explore the recent advancements in the topics of learning curve models and their estimation methods for manual operations and processes as well as the data collection and monitoring technologies used for supporting these. This objective is achieved by answering the following three research questions: (RQ...
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Manufacturing companies are facing two major trends affecting their business operations: "automatization" and "collaboration". Companies have realized that they still need humans on the shop floor besides the availability of high levels of automation solutions in the market. This realization has created a new Industrial Revolution known as "Industr...
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The article presents a study on tracking solutions based on localization and telecommunication technologies in Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) environments oriented on Operator 4.0. Nowadays, the smart industry concept is mainly a technology-driven solution, which is slowly shifting towards a value-driven approach. This value...
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The 5th IFAC Workshop on Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technology (AMEST’22) will bring together international experts from academia and industry to present and debate the latest advances in the Engineering and Management of Maintenance Systems and Services. Industry 4.0 technologies, such as the Industrial Internet of Things, Arti...
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Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are increasingly undergoing a transition into the offering of Product-Service System (PSS) solutions. This transition has proven to be a difficult challenge characterised by inadequate contract decisions due to cost under-estimations and performance overpromises. Despite the relevance of cost estimation for t...
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This paper presents the current state of research for and an outlook of Gamification for Manufacturing (GfM), particularly manufacturing operations in industrial settings. This in-depth analysis examines the recent trends in published conceptual design works, case studies, experiments, and literature reviews that are shaping the future design work...
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The wire harness assembly process is a complicated manufacturing activity, which is becoming more complex because of the evolving nature of mechatronic and electronic products that require more connectors, sensors, controllers, communication networking, etc. Furthermore, the demand for wire harnesses continues to grow in all industries worldwide as...
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Supply chain maturity models urge increased collaboration among supply chain participants to achieve sustained competitive advantage through operational end-to-end visibility and transparency. Digital solutions provide the tools and technologies to enable Digital Supply Networks through inter-connectivity among supply network partners. A major chal...
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https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-manufacturing-systems/call-for-papers/human-centered-smart-manufacturing-trends-issues-and-challenges. Keywords included but not limited: 1) Design and implementation of human-centric smart manufacturing systems, 2) Novel human-machine interface and interaction in human-centric manufacturing systems, 3)...
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Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, and Digital Transformation are reshaping the manufacturing sector on a global scale. These initiatives are predominantly technology-driven and enabled, and supported by the so-called "smart technologies". In this book chapter, we take on a sustainability perspective to understand the impact of smart manufacturing...
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The aim of the Special Session 08 at 27th IEEE ETFA 2022 conference is to bring together researchers and practitioners from the industry and academia and provide them with a platform to report on recent advances and developments in the newly emerging areas of human-centred Fifth industrial revolution. Based on the aforementioned trends, manufacturi...
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The aim of this Special Issue of Sustainability is to present an overview of new and renewed manufacturing paradigms for sustainable production. Responsible production and consumption is just one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet, being coupled with 16 additional goals, it promises to have a significant impact on the...
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Objective: A systematic literature review was conducted to identify relevant ergonomic and safety factors for designing collaborative workspaces in industrial settings. Background: The growing use of smart and collaborative robots in manufacturing brings some challenges for the human-robot interaction design. Human-centered manufacturing solutions...
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In the pursuit of increasing efficiency, productivity and flexibility at production lines and their corresponding workstations, manufacturing companies have started to heavily invest in "collaborative workspaces" where close interaction between humans and robots promises to lead to these goals that neither can achieve on their own. Therefore, it is...
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The digitalisation or virtualisation of lab equipment in higher education promises numerous benefits for all those involved. Economic benefits from sharing lab infrastructures, convenient remote access to labs anytime and anywhere, as well as the sharing and linking of lab-based lectures are just some of the advantages that come to mind when thinki...
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The purpose of this literature review is to examine how Digital Lean Manufacturing is viewed in the academic literature and how it is being operationalized. We reviewed +100 scientific articles to identify what has been written about Digital Lean Manufacturing. There appears to have been two waves of scientific research on the theme of Digital Lean...
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The Fourth Industrial Revolution is transforming the roles of humans, technology and work in production systems. Although the level of automation on shop floors increases, it is not always feasible or effective to assign the execution of production tasks to autonomous systems. Where total automation is ineffective, new forms of Human-Technology Int...
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This paper reports on a research work conducted within the framework of the SUSTAIN project aiming to unleash and operationalize the potential of customer centricity and sustainability requirements. More specifically, the paper presents a Decision Support System (DSS) intended to support the alignment of aggregate production planning with customer...
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The purpose of this research is to propose a new facility layout for an Indian textile company based on best practice guidelines for the adaptation and use of Systematic Layout Planning (SLP) and Lean Manufacturing (LM) concepts. Initially, a literature review is carried out regarding layout design and LM. Next, during practical application, an ind...
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Modular Microfactories
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Challenges and Opportunities for Manufacturing SMEs in Developing Countries
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While previous Industrial Revolutions have increasingly seen the human as a cog in the system, each step reducing the cognitive content of work, Industry 4.0 contrarily views the human as a knowledge worker putting increased focus on cognitive skills and specialised craftsmanship. The opportunities that technological advancement provide are in abun...
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Despite advances in Industry 4.0 technologies, supply chains have fallen short in enabling agile supply chain responsiveness. Conceptually, the enablers of connectivity, visibility, and transparency are well defined, yet their operationalization remains a challenge. In this paper, we analyse a successful case study in the domestic electrical machin...
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Digital technologies are disrupting servitization in manufacturing firms. In the last decade, manufacturing firms transform their business models from traditional offers of physical goods to digital solutions for their customers. In this paper, we investigate the transformation of digital servitization in manufacturing firms. We challenge relations...
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Digital Twins (DT) represent one of the most powerful technologies related to Industry 4.0 implementation. Combined with the advances in Computer Science and Production Management, DTs have become an emerging trend in many applications. Despite the DT potentials, Industry 4.0 is pushing companies to adopt digital solutions that provide higher human...
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Since its inception in 1978, the IFIP Working Group (WG) 5.7 on Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS) has played an active role in the fields of production and production management. The Working Group has focused on the conception, development, strategies, frameworks, architectures, processes, methods, and tools needed for the advancemen...
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https://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-manufacturing-systems/call-for-papers/human-centric-smart-manufacturing
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Production Innovations can substantially alter the behavior of the subsystems of a manufacturing system, for instance: human, technology, information, or management systems. Frequently, such changes occur in combinations of the sub-systems, thus triggering new and improved management strategies, control systems, materials, products, and processes t...
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In the Industry 4.0 era, with increased demands for customization, numerous companies struggle to accommodate changes in their businesses and to keep up with the pace of digital transformation. It follows that introducing new products or services based on an existing configuration or a new design is becoming more frequent. Managing the production r...
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Recent economic transformations have forced companies to redefine their value propositions, increasing traditional product offerings with supplementary services—the so-called Product-Service System (PSS). Among them, the adoption of Industry 4.0 technologies is very common. However, the directions that companies are undertaking to offer new value t...
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The five-volume set IFIP AICT 630, 631, 632, 633, and 634 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021, held in Nantes, France, in September 2021.* The 378 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 529 submissions. They discuss artificial in...
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The five-volume set IFIP AICT 630, 631, 632, 633, and 634 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021, held in Nantes, France, in September 2021.* The 378 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 529 submissions. They discuss artificial in...
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The five-volume set IFIP AICT 630, 631, 632, 633, and 634 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021, held in Nantes, France, in September 2021.* The 378 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 529 submissions. They discuss artificial in...
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The five-volume set IFIP AICT 630, 631, 632, 633, and 634 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021, held in Nantes, France, in September 2021.* The 378 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 529 submissions. They discuss artificial in...
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The five-volume set IFIP AICT 630, 631, 632, 633, and 634 constitutes the refereed proceedings of the International IFIP WG 5.7 Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2021, held in Nantes, France, in September 2021.* The 378 papers presented were carefully reviewed and selected from 529 submissions. They discuss artificial in...
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Today's fast-growing demands at the global level for mobile applications (apps) cause customers to call for the customization of their apps to fit their individualized needs and business realms. Customization is a challenge for apps-development companies when they want to satisfy their numerous users in a crowded competitive market. Moreover, pursu...
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Circular Economy (CE) models are increasingly referenced in international fora and on many countries' climate action agendas. This emphasis is associated with the international environmental and climate crisis. The case of the electronics industry remains particularly relevant, given its background in the use of CE models and its potential to enhan...
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This paper is intended to set the scene for the Enterprise Information Systems Journal special issue on “Interoperability Enablers for Cyber-Physical Enterprise Systems”. It seeks to bring together and to summarize as an editorial, the novel contributions from researchers and practitioners that published in this special issue, who are exploring the...
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has exposed many issues within the global value chains and caught many companies with their guard down during the early stages of their digital transformation. Several COVID-19 mitigation measures, such as travel restrictions, social distancing, and remote work were quickly introduced, and many manuf...
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Customer-centric strategies such as mass-customisation rely heavily on customer involvement such as co-designing products and services. In this sense, companies struggle to provide a better shopping experience by enabling technologies and Industry 4.0 practices. Online configurators are an example of these technologies that exist since decades but...
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The use of Condition-based Predictive Maintenance (CBPdM) has grown significantly due to the Industry 4.0 movement and to the advancements in data acquisition, gathering, storing and analytics. In modern maintenance engineering education, there is the need to include CBPdM alongside with traditional maintenance approaches. Within this paper, a case...
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In this research work, we take an interoperability point of view on “production systems-of-systems”. Interoperability of production processes requires a stepwise planning of resources. An approach supporting the orchestration and coordination of human and artificial agents (i.e. collaborative robots) is developed. First tasks are assigned to produc...
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In today’s highly competitive world, companies need to rethink how they create and capture value at all stages of their offering’s lifecycle. A major challenge is to integrate sustainability as a core source of value creation in their business model rather than as an add-on. E-Waste is one of the fastest-growing waste streams globally, and its valu...
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Production management involves many activities. In order to deal with Industry 4.0 requirements, many systems have developed solutions to gather real-time information from the shopfloor for more reliable decision-making. Empirical studies have been showing that this has created a tremendous overload of information to be handled by managers, causing...
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Gamification is a growing topic of interest across all industries, including manufacturing. We conducted a literature review to determine the past and current research being conducted in the realm of gamification within manufacturing. We found that significant research is being performed, with growth in recent years. However, our analysis also foun...
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Gemba Walks are an important mean of vertical integration in Lean Manufacturing environments. They ensure that all levels of the company stay connected with the front-line, “the Gemba”, where the actual value is created. However, traditionally Gemba Walks have been restricted to one location. This is a shortcoming in production environments charact...
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Construction 4.0 is an engineering and construction paradigm derived from Industry 4.0 that describes the fourth industrial revolution. Construction 4.0 promises to revolutionize the way buildings are constructed and managed; however, there are several major hurdles to be overcome, such as the human skilling and degree of automation, the informatio...
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Just as human operators are important production enablers in the factories of today, they are expected to stay key enablers also in future manufacturing. In today’s factories, operators often meet challenges related to poor information and communication design, which affects their possibilities to perform with higher efficiency levels. Therefore, t...
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The advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is expected to deeply change several aspects of the manufacturing industry. Among them, the logistics and supply chain activities will be affected by these changes both at operational and managerial level to face the market drivers of flexibility and mass-customisation. In this context, the work of ope...
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Production is moving from mass-production to 'mass-customization' and 'personalization' (lot-size-one). Accordingly, modern manufacturing systems must become more agile and responsive to changing global markets and closer to customers. Industry 4.0 technologies have the premises to face these changes in the production paradigm. However, technologie...