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Design of an Information Carrier Device for a Decision Support System
University of Skövde, School of Technology and Society.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 15 credits / 22,5 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Automation   in   manufacturing   leads   to   produce   faster   but   it   also   increases   level   of information and relationship between parts. That makes more dificult to manage the work of operators in the manufacture chain to keep productivity high. Furthermore, manual assembly still  plays  a  vital  role  in  most  of  the  factories  all  over  the  world.  Hence  the  importance  of implementing  an  efficient  Decision  Support  System  which  helps  operators  to  make  right decisions. This project approaches to the design of a device to get information to operators. The project belongs to the University of Skövde and it is carried out in cooperation with Volvo Cars.  In the first stages of the project diverse information is gathered through the literature review and  market  research.  Literature  review  approaches  to  manufacturing  organization,  mobile information  in  manual  assembly  and  ergonomics.  Market  research  inquire  about  handheld devices. Also requirements from operators and environment are adressed. Next stages focus on the generation of ideas to hand in the information to operators. Diverse methodology was used  such  as  brainwriting  or  morphological  chart,  leading  to  three  different  concepts.  The PNI  method  was  employed  to  select  the  best  one.  It  consists  of  using  handheld  devices against  paper  sheets  or  wider  screens.  Then,  three  kind  of  handheld  devices  were  thought. Moodboards  and  brainwritings  were  employed  to  explore  shapes  and  functions.  They  were presented  to  coordinators  in  the  factory  and  one  of  them  was  selected  to  be  further developed.  Mockups  of  different  sizes  were  constructed  and  more  drawings  specified  the dimensions in order to build a CAD model. The final product is small to be easily carried with a wide screen and a stylus to facilitate interaction. Battery ensures withstanding work shifts and components are designed to favor maintenance tasks. The final product was built using CAD  software  and  printed  on  3D.    Materials,  manufacturing  methods  and  technology  have been  reviewed  to  ensure  viability.  Finally,  last  chapters  discuss  about  diverse  topics concerning this project such as ethical, enviromental or economical   issues. Further  work is proposed, too.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 68, 10 p.
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-6227OAI: diva2:543619
Subject / course
Product Design Engineering
Available from: 2012-08-15 Created: 2012-08-09 Last updated: 2012-08-15Bibliographically approved

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