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Löfving, M., Almström, P., Jarebrant, C. & Widfeldt, M. (2023). Design and Application of a Development Map for Aligning Strategy and Automation Decisions in Manufacturing SMEs. Paper presented at IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2023. Trondheim, Norway. 17 September 2023 through 21 September 2023. IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, 689 AICT, 228-241
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2023 (English)In: IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, ISSN 1868-4238, Vol. 689 AICT, p. 228-241Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The research in this paper focused on (i) to increase the knowledge about the strategic role of automation technology and (ii) how automation technology investment decisions can be aligned with the strategy in manufacturing SMEs. This paper describes the design, application, and evaluation of the Strategic Development Map (SDM) in three settings, whereof two manufacturing SMEs. The SDM was also applied in more than 500 SMEs in a Swedish initiative called the Robot Lift. The SDM was derived from existing literature about Toyota management principles and thereafter adapted to the topic. The process of designing, testing, and evaluating the tool was inspired by design science research. It also contains explanations of the outcomes and mechanisms that lead to the successful adaptation and use of the SDM. The SDM provides a structured guidance process to understand the strategic role of automation technology investments in SMEs. This process can support companies towards a deeper understanding of the current state, target state and obstacles and challenges to reach the target with a focus on automation technology investments. The SDM was emphasized by companies and external coaches as very simple to understand and use. Using the SDM increased involvement and knowledge about strategic role of automation technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH, 2023
Keywords
Automation; Design; Industrial research; Automation investment; Automation technology; Design and application; Investment decisions; Management principles; Small and medium-sized enterprise; Strategic development; Strategic role; Technology investments; Toyotum management principle; Investments
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-67673 (URN)10.1007/978-3-031-43662-8_17 (DOI)2-s2.0-85172418909 (Scopus ID)
Conference
IFIP WG 5.7 International Conference on Advances in Production Management Systems, APMS 2023. Trondheim, Norway. 17 September 2023 through 21 September 2023
Funder
VinnovaKnowledge Foundation
Note

Acknowledgement. The authors wish to thank VINNOVA, the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems for their financial support that enabled the research studies. The first author also wishes to thank KK-foundation for their financial support in the call “Recruitments”.

Available from: 2023-11-22 Created: 2023-11-22 Last updated: 2024-05-22Bibliographically approved
Löfving, M., Almström, P., Jarebrant, C., Wadman, B. & Widfeldt, M. (2020). Guide for Automation of Low VolumeProduction. In: : . Paper presented at THE 9TH SWEDISH PRODUCTION SYMPOSIUM. 7 - 8 OCTOBER 2020. JÖNKÖPING, SWEDEN.
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2020 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There is a remaining need from both academia and practitioners, to gainfurther knowledge about the decision making process for automation of low volumeproduction. This paper includes insights of drivers for automation, the developmentof a guide for low volume production and the outcome of using the guide. Theresearch in this study is based on both empirical data and theoretical considerations.The empirical data was collected in five case studies and a questionnaire. This paperis part of a research project with the main objective to develop knowledge about howflexible automation may contribute to improvements in efficiency, ergonomics,quality and production economics in different industries with low volumeproduction. One of the results in the project was a comprehensive guide, developed,refined and improved in an iterative collaborative process, where tools and parts ofthe guide were tested and verified by five manufacturing case companies. The paperdescribes briefly the development process of the guide and content. The requirementsof the guide derived from literature, case companies, questionnaire as well asindustrial experts. The resulting guide can be used in several ways, depending on therequirements of the application. The guide includes guiding principles, a decisionmodel for the analysis of the company, choice of automation and facts aboutautomation. In the end of the project, four companies had invested or decided toinvest in different types of automation. 

Keywords
Flexible automation, decision model, automation investment
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-51875 (URN)10.3233/ATDE200139 (DOI)
Conference
THE 9TH SWEDISH PRODUCTION SYMPOSIUM. 7 - 8 OCTOBER 2020. JÖNKÖPING, SWEDEN
Available from: 2021-01-18 Created: 2021-01-18 Last updated: 2024-05-22Bibliographically approved
Kurdve, M., Persson, K.-E., Widfeldt, M., Berglund, J. & Drott, A. (2020). Lead-Time Effect Comparison of Additive Manufacturing with Conventional Alternatives. In: Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering at SPS2020: . Paper presented at 9th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2020, 7 October 2020 through 8 October 2020 (pp. 672-679). IOS Press BV
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2020 (English)In: Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering at SPS2020, IOS Press BV , 2020, p. 672-679Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This single case study used value stream mapping as input data to analyse alternatives for production of quenching tools in an on-site tool department of an automotive manufacturer. The existing manufacturing organised as a functional workshop was compared to the alternatives, adding an additive manufacturing cell or a conventional automated cell, with regards to lead-Time and needed process changes. The results indicate that lead-Time savings should not be the only reason for considering additive manufacturing. When it is beneficial for design and product functionality improvements, however, lead time improvements may give a contribution to the business case. © 2020 The authors

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
IOS Press BV, 2020
Keywords
Additive manufacturing, Case study, Lead-Time, Scenario-based analysis method, Tool manufacturing, Additives, Data streams, Product design, Automated cell, Automotive manufacturers, Business case, Input datas, Leadtime, Process change, Value stream mapping, 3D printers
National Category
Natural Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-51954 (URN)10.3233/ATDE200207 (DOI)2-s2.0-85098647802 (Scopus ID)9781614994398 (ISBN)
Conference
9th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2020, 7 October 2020 through 8 October 2020
Note

Funding details: VINNOVA; Funding text 1: This research was performed within the project AMtoFlex, financed by Produktion2030, a strategic innovation programme supported by Vinnova, the Swedish Energy Agency and Formas and within Chalmers Area of Advance Production.

Available from: 2021-01-22 Created: 2021-01-22 Last updated: 2024-03-25Bibliographically approved
Engesbak, V., Gåsvaer, D., Ingvaldsen, J. A., Nonås, K., Ringen, G. & Widfeldt, M. (2016). Management of process innovation beyond continuous improvement: towards a researchagenda. In: Proceedings of the 23rd International Annual EurOMA Conference: . Paper presented at 23rd International Annual EurOMA Conference, June 17-22, 2016, Trondheim, Norway.
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2016 (English)In: Proceedings of the 23rd International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Manufacturing companies constantly improve their manufacturing systems. Yet, the demands of everyday efficiency shifts focus from drastic process innovations to continuous improvement. Using multiple case studies of four Scandinavian manufacturers, this article examines why process innovation is different from continuous improvement, and how it can be managed alongside the companies’ other formal processes. We find the companies lack a vocabulary to talk about process innovation, and have no common methods with which to organize it. Furthermore, process innovation often comes from outside the operational units, and because of this, knowledge integration, ownership and participation needs to be managed actively. 

National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-30209 (URN)
Conference
23rd International Annual EurOMA Conference, June 17-22, 2016, Trondheim, Norway
Available from: 2017-08-04 Created: 2017-08-04 Last updated: 2024-03-25Bibliographically approved
Kurdve, M., Sjögren, P., Gåsvaer, D., Widfeldt, M. & Wiktorsson, M. (2016). Production System Change Strategy in Lightweight Manufacturing. Paper presented at 26th CIRP Design Conference, June 15-17, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden. Procedia CIRP, 50, 160-165
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2016 (English)In: Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271, E-ISSN 2212-8271, Vol. 50, p. 160-165Article in journal, Meeting abstract (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Two change management strategies: a minimum change, exploitation strategy (kaizen) and a maximum output, exploration strategy (kaikaku) have been applied in a manufacturing case study. Value stream mapping and discrete event simulation were used to analyse the production system changes, with regards to robustness and total lead-time, to increase knowledge of how to choose change management strategy. The results point out that available time is crucial. It is important to consider not only product specification and return of investment, but also the change and risk management. Future research should develop engineering change management further.

Keywords
Engineering Change Management, exploitation, exploration, Kaikaku, Change management strategy
National Category
Materials Engineering
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-30222 (URN)10.1016/j.procir.2016.04.137 (DOI)2-s2.0-84986617334 (Scopus ID)
Conference
26th CIRP Design Conference, June 15-17, 2016, Stockholm, Sweden
Available from: 2017-08-07 Created: 2017-08-07 Last updated: 2024-03-25Bibliographically approved
Gåsvaer, D., Hedegård, J., Jönsson, C., Kurdve, M., Lundin, R., Persson, K., . . . Axelson, J. (2013). Att utveckla den smarta svetscellen: Lean, svetsteknik och automation.
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2013 (Swedish)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [sv]

En svetscell producerar och är produktiv när svetsning pågår och ljubågen brinner. Då skapas värde i en svetscell. För att nå teknisk och ekonomisk framgång, behöver svetscellen fungera "smart" med effektiva flöden, hög tillgänglighet, optimerad svetsteknik och ur flera aspekter goda miljöegenskaper. Skriften fungerar som hjälp när företag vill utveckla sin svetsverkstad och förbättra svetsproduktionen, utifrån lean, svetsteknik och automation.

Series
IVF-skrifter ; 13802
Keywords
Lean, svetsteknik, automation, engagemang
National Category
Work Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-30201 (URN)978-91-86401-12-2 (ISBN)
Note

Rapporten finns att köpa i http://e-shop.swerea.se/bocker/produktframtagning/att-utveckla-den-smarta-svetscellen

Available from: 2017-08-04 Created: 2017-08-04 Last updated: 2024-03-25Bibliographically approved
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