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A Guideline for Efficient Implementation of Automation in Lean Manufacturing Environment
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (IDT)
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The competitive climate of production and high labour cost, motivate western companies to use technologies like automation as a mean to increase manufacturing competitiveness. On the other hand companies are aware about cost reductive policies like lean production which has shown noticeable achievement; consequently some manufacturers tend to follow such system. In this situation, in order to have lean enterprise, it is vital to find a clear picture of challenges and potentials of implementing automation within a lean environment. If the process of developing automation is not efficient and companies’ strategy and mission is not considered in time of project development, the result may not be lean at the end. So finding an appropriate guideline that can be used in time of developing automated projects is very important.This thesis aims to develop a guideline that can be used in developing automation solutions to have lean result at the end of the projects. The guidelines can be used in both assembly and manufacturing development projects.VOLVO GTO has chosen as the case study for this thesis. In order to find the answer of research questions two main areas in manufacturing and assembly are marked.

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2013. , 56 p.
Keyword [en]
Lean automation, automation development, competitive manufacturing
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-20876OAI: diva2:640154
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Product and Process Development
2013-06-13, 18:46 (English)
Available from: 2013-08-15 Created: 2013-08-12 Last updated: 2013-08-15Bibliographically approved

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