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Supporting pre-development of new manufacturing technologies
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. Eskilstuna. (Innofacture)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9933-8532
2015 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In today’s tough industrial environment, efficient development of new products and new manufacturing solutions is necessary to stay competitive on a global market. Manufacturing companies use substantial money and development resources to develop new products. However, the resources spent on finding and implementing emerging manufacturing technologies are much more limited. This is often the case even though it is well known that a way of competing on a global market is through the introduction of new manufacturing technologies that can improve product quality as well as contribute to reducing manufacturing time, resulting in reduced product price and in the end increased profit.

When introducing new manufacturing technologies, different challenges arise such as lack of knowledge, involvement of an external equipment supplier, etc. In addition, time-to-volume is critical when introducing new manufacturing technologies in a manufacturing context. To be able to have a fast ramp-up, manufacturing technology needs to be mature enough and at the same time meet all requirements. Efficient introduction of new manufacturing technologies requires that pre-development activities have been performed in advance.

Previous research in this area highlights a lack of knowledge and solutions regarding pre-development of new manufacturing technologies. Such pre-development is important in order to have a successful introduction, fast time-to-volume and production system development. Based on these challenges, the objective of the research presented in this thesis is to develop support for pre-development of new manufacturing technologies.

The research is based on literature reviews and three empirical case studies, carried out over a two-year period of time. The first empirical case study was an exploratory case study in the manufacturing industry. The purpose of that research study was to identify critical factors forcing manufacturing companies to improve the development of manufacturing technologies.

The second study was a longitudinal embedded case study in the manufacturing industry with the purpose of identifying factors that affect evaluation of new manufacturing technologies during new product development. Particular attention was given to the product development process and how it has affected the evaluation of new manufacturing technologies.

Finally, the third study was a single case study in the manufacturing industry with the purpose of analysing and discussing the assessment of the maturity level of a manufacturing technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University , 2015.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 194
National Category
Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27660ISBN: 978-91-7485-191-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-27660DiVA: diva2:793122
Presentation
2015-04-23, Filen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-04-09Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. FACTORS AFFECTING DEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES IN A MACHINING ENVIRONMENT
Open this publication in new window or tab >>FACTORS AFFECTING DEVELOPMENT OF PRODUCTION TECHNOLOGIES IN A MACHINING ENVIRONMENT
2014 (English)In: Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering 2014 TMCE 2014, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to identify critical factors forcing manufacturing companies to improve the development of production technology in a machining environment. The focus in the paper is on industrial challenges within product design and production system development when introducing new products in a machining environment. Particular attention is given to the product development process and the production equipment acquisition process. A single case study is presented, consisting of interviews, observations, document studies and an analysis of a large Swedish manufacturing company. The case study company is characterized by advanced production technology, high mechanization and high automation level. In parallel with the case study a literature review was conducted in order to identify state-of-the-art methods/models for efficient design and product introduction within a production system. The paper identifies a gap in the current way of working within the case company as well as challenges regarding the development of production technology. Based on the study, the need for future research has been identified including the need of developing an improved working support for efficient production technology development when industrializing new products.

Keyword
Industrialization, production equipment, process development, product development, production system development, manufacturing industry, concurrent engineering
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27173 (URN)
Conference
Tools and Methods of Competitive Engineering 2014 TMCE 2014, 19-23 May 2014, Budapest, Hungary
Projects
XPRESINNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved
2. Evaluation of Advanced Manufacturing Technology during New Product Development
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Evaluation of Advanced Manufacturing Technology during New Product Development
2014 (English)In: The 21st EurOMA Conference EurOMA 2014, Palermo, Italy, 2014Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to identify factors that affect evaluation of advanced manufacturing technology (AMT) during new product development (NPD). Particular attention is given to the new product development process and how it has affected the acquisition and evaluation process of AMT. An embedded case study has been conducted at a large Swedish manufacturing company, consisting of semi structured interviews, document analysis, and passive observations. This paper identifies seven factors that affect the evaluation of AMT during NPD and which can be classified into three categories: NPD project, AMT acquisition project and the internal organization.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Palermo, Italy: , 2014
Keyword
Production development, production equipment, equipment supplier relationship
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27174 (URN)
Conference
The 21st EurOMA Conference EurOMA 2014, 20-25 Jun 2014, Palermo, Italy
Projects
XPRESINNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2014-12-22 Created: 2014-12-19 Last updated: 2015-03-06Bibliographically approved
3. Manufacturing Technology Readiness Assessment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Manufacturing Technology Readiness Assessment
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to analyze and discuss how the MRL scale can support the assessment of a manufacturing technology’s maturity level. A single case study within the manufacturing industry has been conducted investigating the use of a MRL scale. An assessment of MRL 4 has been studied.

National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-27659 (URN)
Conference
Production and Operations Management, Society, POMS 26th Annual Conference, Washington D.C., USA, May 8-11, 2015
Available from: 2015-03-06 Created: 2015-03-06 Last updated: 2015-12-20Bibliographically approved

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