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Develop a framework and assessing the maturity level to facilitate the transition towards Industry 4.0
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction

Industry 4.0 is rapidly approaching the manufacturing industry and are generating multiple challenges for the companies to overcome. Simultaneously, the customer demand is changing towards customisation and the industry requires new technology within the production system development to remain competitive. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to develop a framework and assess the maturity towards Industry 4.0 and to provide guidance for further advancement. The following two research questions were defined and answered to guide the authors:

~        RQ1: What dimensions should be considered when assessing the maturity of Industry 4.0?

~        RQ2: How could the maturity assessment of Industry 4.0 be performed?   

Methodology

A literature review was performed to attain previous results within the area of creating and performing maturity assessment. Further, a multiple case study was performed at a selection of case companies where semi-structured interviews, workshop and observations were used to collect empirical data. The analysis has been performed through a cross case analysis for evaluating patterns between the frame of reference and empirical findings.

Frame of Reference

The literature review increased the authors understanding of how a maturity assessment model functions and which parameters that creates the foundation. The review mainly focused on what set of dimensions and how many levels that can be used in relation to assess a production system.

Empirical Findings

The empirical findings provide an overview of the current state of production within each case company. Aspects regarding a transition towards Industry 4.0 is elaborated based on process, technology and people aspects.

Analysis and Discussion

The synthesis between Frame of Reference and Empirical findings contribute with important dimensions to consider when assessing the maturity model. This thesis has decided to conclude the dimensions into three headings consisting of process, technology and people.  A second contribution is a framework for a maturity assessment towards Industry 4.0, where five levels are defined for each dimension. A concluded picture visualises the case companies’ mean maturity level within each dimension of process, technology and people.

Conclusions and Recommendations

Provided by the maturity assessment, an initiative towards Industry 4.0 exist within the case companies, although major challenges of defining the concept of Industry 4.0 and a lack of competence is highlighted. Future recommendations are to perform a similar study with more depth into the investigations within each case company to validate the maturity assessment towards Industry 4.0 within each case company.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019. , p. 57
Keywords [en]
Industry 4.0, Maturity Assessment Model, Production System, Manufacturing Industry
National Category
Engineering and Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-43981OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-43981DiVA, id: diva2:1323490
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Mälardalen Industrial Technology Center, MITC
Subject / course
Product and Process Development
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Available from: 2019-06-14 Created: 2019-06-12 Last updated: 2019-06-14Bibliographically approved

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