Continuous Improvements During Project Based Production: A Case Study Executed at Bombardier Transportation
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Bombardier Transportation in Västerås develops trains that are assembled in Hennigsdorf, Germany. Due to changes in the organization there are shortcomings in terms of processes for feedback from the production back to the engineering organization. Physical Integration is responsible for the design and industrialization of interior and exterior products. Product engineers at the department need to take part of improvements and lessons learned that can be made in the initial pre-series production phase. During the execution of the thesis Physical Integration developed products for the C30 project, a metro train for Stockholm subway. The aim of the thesis is to achieve processes with continuous improvements so that Physical Integration can take part of feedback from the production in a structured way, in order to become a learning organization. Data was collected with qualitative research through interviews, observation and documentation. Main takeaways was that engineers needs to be more involved in the production to gain experience and the process for problem solving has to be documented with focus on the cause of problems. A comparison between theory and data analyzed the subjects of improvements & lessons learned, engineering involvement in production, standardization of problem solving and the staffing at Physical Integration. Solutions focus on the mindset needed for a learning organization and a new process for problem solving. The research questions can be answered through a number of concluding remarks: Physical Integration needs permanent staffing that participate in problem solving in the production. Problem solving with the proposed process ensures documentation and identification of causes. Together, these two sources of experience and documentation create a base of knowledge for engineering and methods department to review projects and have input to upcoming projects.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 71 p.
Technology, Continuous improvements, Bombardier Transportation, Lessons learned, Knowledge management
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59486Local ID: fff9c226-c3a1-4b4c-926c-7239e2f40410OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-59486DiVA: diva2:1032874
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Mechanical Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20150610 (global_studentproject_submitter)2016-10-042016-10-04Bibliographically approved