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Blockchain for supply chain quality management: challenges and opportunities in context of open manufacturing and industrial internet of things

journal contribution
posted on 2023-05-20, 19:21 authored by Jinying LiJinying Li, Ananda MaitiAnanda Maiti, Matthew SpringerMatthew Springer, Anthony GrayAnthony Gray
In global Supply Chain Quality Management (SCQM), there are methods to ensure continuity of supply, at appropriate prices while meeting quality standards. But they are limited by the large and fallible role of humans, especially in manufacturing and quality control. Open Manufacturing aims to establish an open network of manufacturers that enables product information sharing among others in the production chain. Realizing the goals of open manufacturing requires processing the large datasets inherent to the production chain partners. But it is difficult to comply with the trust and privacy requirements of the suppliers in a supply chain. This paper presents a comprehensive survey of blockchain and its current and potential use in the industrial context including Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)-based sensor networks, and the impact of the blockchain technology in manufacturing related areas such as traceability. The focus of this paper is on a potential application of blockchain in SCQM with detailed analysis of its technical feasibility and the methods of transitioning between the current approaches to a blockchain-oriented platform. An innovative use of blockchain to store referral information is also discussed. The survey concludes that blockchain along with IIoT can improve SCQM in an Open Manufacturing model.


Publication title

International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufacturing










School of Information and Communication Technology


Taylor & Francis Ltd

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Other manufacturing not elsewhere classified