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Industry 4.0: Challenges when implementing Smart Factory
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Industri 4.0 : Utmaningar vid en implementering av smarta fabriker (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Industry 4.0 and the smart factory concept are both relevant for academia and

companies. Many are talking about it but few understand the challenges that exist

before, during, and after an implementation. The thesis aim is to map out the largest

challenges with an implementation and also dive deeper into the question of which

competence that will be required in a smarter production. To address these questions a

qualitative study with thirteen interviews has been conducted, ten of which with

practitioners and three with experts in the area. From the interviews the following

findings and conclusions could be drawn. Firstly, the largest challenges with

implementing industry 4.0 and smart factories will be, large CAPEX (Capital

Expenditure) investments, organisational change management, and cyber threats.

Secondly, Industry 4.0 is not going to be a revolution it is more going to be an

evolution. Thirdly, implementing the smart factory concept is linked to a lot of

uncertainty and especially uncertainty related to which competences that will be

required. No one can with certainty define exactly what competences that are required

but an education in IT and statistics with an analytical mindset will be key elements.

There is also a model for how companies are recommended to think when filling

vacancies created in the transition to a smarter production in the analysis chapter.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 49
Keywords [en]
Industry 4.0, Smart factory, Digital transformation, Change Management, Challenges
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Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-68323OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-68323DiVA, id: diva2:1230061
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Ekan Management
Educational program
Engineering: Industrial Engineering and Management (300 ECTS credits)
Presentation
2018-05-23, Karlstad, 14:00 (English)
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Available from: 2018-07-03 Created: 2018-07-02 Last updated: 2018-07-03Bibliographically approved

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