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Chirumalla, K., Schedin, J. & Jackson, M. (2016). Development projects, stage-gate models, and degree of newness: Examining the correlation from a production perspective. In: : . Paper presented at 23rd EurOMA conference.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Development projects, stage-gate models, and degree of newness: Examining the correlation from a production perspective
2016 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Many companies have adopted stage-gate models to manage different types of development projects, which can vary in degree of newness. Currently, there is limited research on how the development projects, stage-gate models and degree of newness are correlated in practice from a production perspective. Based on a case study at a manufacturing company, this paper examines correlations from a production perspective. The results show that the company runs nine types of development projects in production, and uses two forms of stage-gate models. The degree of newness is not addressed in a structured way in production compared to the product development process.

Keywords
Production system development, Stage-gate models, Degree of newness
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34486 (URN)
Conference
23rd EurOMA conference
Projects
XPRES
Available from: 2016-09-30 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Schedin, J., Svensson Harari, N., Jackson, M. & Deleryd, M. (2016). Management of newness in an assembly system. Journal of Machine Engineering, 16(1), 92-108
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Management of newness in an assembly system
2016 (English)In: Journal of Machine Engineering, ISSN 1895-7595, Vol. 16, no 1, p. 92-108Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The need for new products to suit differentiated customer needs and shorter product life-cycles, forces manufacturers to change or modify products and production systems at more frequent intervals. The objective of this paper is to discuss management of newness within assembly system design in the vehicle industry. Based on a case study covering four assembly development projects, a model using the quality concept of “7M” is presented to evaluate the level of newness. The results show that the model provides a promising platform for evaluation of newness. 

National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34543 (URN)2-s2.0-84990841813 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2016-12-20 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-22Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2016). Managing early manufacturing technology development – phases and key activities. In: 23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016: . Paper presented at 23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016, 17-22 Jun 2016, Trondheim, Norway.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Managing early manufacturing technology development – phases and key activities
2016 (English)In: 23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to compete within the manufacturing industry, there is a need to acquire and develop new manufacturing technologies to differentiate the company from others. This paper builds on extant operations management and innovation management literature with the focus on how to managing early manufacturing technology development. A multiple case study has been conducted at a Swedish manufacturing company in the automotive industry and our paper proposes a conceptual process for early manufacturing technology development and the key activities therein. The findings are relevant for managers working with long-term development and the paper concludes by discussing implications and research limitations.

Keywords
Front-end, Pre-development, Manufacturing industries
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34460 (URN)
Conference
23rd EurOMA conference EUROMA 2016, 17-22 Jun 2016, Trondheim, Norway
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2016-08-26 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Andersen, A.-L., Rösiö, C., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2016). Reconfigurable Manufacturing - An Enabler for a Production System Portfolio Approach. In: Procedia CIRP: . Paper presented at 6th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV), SEP 04-06, 2016, Bath, ENGLAND (pp. 139-144).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconfigurable Manufacturing - An Enabler for a Production System Portfolio Approach
2016 (English)In: Procedia CIRP, 2016, p. 139-144Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to investigate how the development of a strategically integrated product and production system portfolio could be enabled by the concept of reconfigurable manufacturing. In previous research, several critical challenges related to developing production system portfolios have been identified, but it has not been investigated how developing a reconfigurable manufacturing concept could aid some of these. Therefore, through a multiple case study, these critical challenges have been investigated in two companies that have recently developed reconfigurable manufacturing concepts for multiple variants and generations of products. The findings reveal that the companies need to deal with several challenges in order to enable a functioning RMS. By running the project separately from the NPD project and to include several product types and production sites the company overcome several challenges. (C) 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier B.V.

Series
Procedia CIRP, ISSN 2212-8271 ; 52
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34463 (URN)10.1016/j.procir.2016.07.011 (DOI)000383058300026 ()2-s2.0-84992579924 (Scopus ID)
Conference
6th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV), SEP 04-06, 2016, Bath, ENGLAND
Available from: 2016-10-13 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Flores Garcia, E., Bruch, J., Wiktorsson, M. & Jackson, M. (2016). Towards a Reduction of Uncertainty in Production System Design Decisions. In: Swedish Production Symposium 2016 SPS 2016: . Paper presented at Swedish Production Symposium 2016 SPS 2016, 25 Oct 2016, Lund, Sweden.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Towards a Reduction of Uncertainty in Production System Design Decisions
2016 (English)In: Swedish Production Symposium 2016 SPS 2016, 2016Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A tenet of production system design is to increase a manufacturing company’s competitiveness by introducing novel processes, technologies, and products. However, uncertainties exist regarding the actual benefits that can be attained when novelty and change are introduced into a production system. Addressing this issue, this paper explores how manufacturing companies can reduce uncertainties that challenge production system design decisions when significant changes are introduced into the production system. A real-time case study at a Swedish manufacturing company that decided to change its existing product specific assembly system to a multi-product assembly one was performed. Empirical results identify uncertainties challenging production system design configuration, and the activities targeting reduction of uncertainty. To extend current theory, empirical case study data is synthesized with current findings in production system design decisions, and uncertainty reduction in product design decisions. The paper concludes that information acquisition, uncertainty prioritization, project member background, and complexity of change influence uncertainty reduction in production system design decisions. Managerial implications highlight the importance of information acquisition and a structured approach when reducing uncertainties necessary to achieve an efficient and effective production system design. Thus, academic approaches to uncertainty reduction could benefit manufacturing practice.

Keywords
production system design, design decisions, uncertainty
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34491 (URN)
Conference
Swedish Production Symposium 2016 SPS 2016, 25 Oct 2016, Lund, Sweden
Available from: 2016-12-15 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Asadi, N., Jackson, M. & Fundin, A. (2015). Drivers of complexity in a flexible assembly system- A case study. In: : . Paper presented at CIRP CMS 2015 - 48th CIRP Conference on MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS, 24-26 June 2015, Ischia (Naples), Italy (pp. 189-194).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Drivers of complexity in a flexible assembly system- A case study
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Various ever-changing market demands have propelled manufacturing companies to offer product variety in an efficient and timely manner. Assembly as a key stage of manufacturing process is used to realise product variety through establishing mixed-product assembly systems. Although establishing a flexible mixed-product assembly system which both offers product variety and absorbs market demands fluctuation is pivotal for maintaining competitive edge in certain industries such as vehicle manufacturing, it is also considered an elaborate task which calls for further investigation. In this paper, complexity in a flexible mixed-product assembly line is investigated and the key drivers of complexity are identified. To fulfil the research objective, a case study during the pilot implementation of a flexible mixed-product assembly concept in a heavy vehicle manufacturing company has been conducted. The results indicate the key factors concerning assembly process, product design, and information and communication technology (ICT) which contribute to complexity in the flexible assembly system. The paper concludes with an outlook for possible future research.

National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34469 (URN)10.1016/j.procir.2015.12.082 (DOI)000379247600032 ()2-s2.0-84968902339 (Scopus ID)
Conference
CIRP CMS 2015 - 48th CIRP Conference on MANUFACTURING SYSTEMS, 24-26 June 2015, Ischia (Naples), Italy
Available from: 2015-04-17 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Gåsvaer, D., Stålberg, L., Jackson, M., Fundin, A. & Johansson, P. E. (2015). Exploration and Exploitation within Operations. International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, 9(8)
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploration and Exploitation within Operations
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2015 (English)In: International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, Vol. 9, no 8Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Exploration and exploitation capabilities are both important within Operations as means for improvement when managed separately, and for establishing dynamic improvement capabilities when combined in balance. However, it is unclear what exploration and exploitation capabilities imply in improvement and development work within an Operations context. So, in order to better understand how to develop exploration and exploitation capabilities within Operations, the main characteristics of these constructs needs to be identified and further understood. Thus, the objective of this research is to increase the understanding about exploitation and exploration characteristics, to concretize what they translates to within the context of improvement and development work in an Operations unit, and to identify practical challenges. A literature review and a case study are presented. In the literature review, different interpretations of exploration and exploitation are portrayed, key characteristics have been identified, and a deepened understanding of exploration and exploitation characteristics is described. The case in the study is an Operations unit, and the aim is to explore to what extent and in what ways exploration and exploitation activities are part of the improvement structures and processes. The contribution includes an identification of key characteristics of exploitation and exploration, as well as an interpretation of the constructs. Further, some practical challenges are identified. For instance, exploration activities tend to be given low priority, both in daily work as in the manufacturing strategy. Also, the overall understanding about the concepts of exploitation and exploration (or any similar aspect of dynamic improvement capabilities) is very low.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
WASET, 2015
Keywords
Exploration, exploitation, improvement, innovation, operations, production system, manufacturing, change
National Category
Engineering and Technology Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34499 (URN)
Projects
INNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing development
Available from: 2015-12-03 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Asadi, N., Jackson, M. & Fundin, A. (2015). Handling product variety in a mixed-product assembly line: A case study. In: DS 80-4 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING DESIGN (ICED 15) VOL 4: DESIGN FOR X, DESIGN TO X: . Paper presented at 20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015; Bovisa Campus of Politecnico di MilanoMilan; Italy; 27 July 2015 through 30 July 2015 (pp. 41-50).
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Handling product variety in a mixed-product assembly line: A case study
2015 (English)In: DS 80-4 PROCEEDINGS OF THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON ENGINEERING DESIGN (ICED 15) VOL 4: DESIGN FOR X, DESIGN TO X, 2015, p. 41-50Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In today’s fast-changing global market, using mixed-product assembly lines (MPALs) and mixed-model assembly lines (MMALs) allows manufacturing companies to be flexible and to maintain their competitive edge through product variety. Balancing and sequencing issues have been recognized as the main challenges of MPALs and MMALs, but other practical needs of MPALs remain unclear. Recognizing the practical needs of MPALs helps in identifying related requirements for product design, leading to products that closely align with the MPAL concept. The objective of this paper is to offer an industrial perspective on the needs of MPALs and to identify its requirements vis-à-vis product design. To achieve this objective, a single real-time case study in a heavy-vehicle-manufacturing company has been performed. The results from this industrial case study suggest that in order to handle product variety in MPALs and to reduce the related complexity, certain dimensions of flexibility need to be created in the assembly system, and requirements related to product design should be considered simultaneously in order to support assembly processes.

Keywords
Mixed-product assembly line; Flexibility; Requirements; Product design; Complexity
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34468 (URN)000366982900005 ()2-s2.0-84979662973 (Scopus ID)978-1-904670-67-4 (ISBN)
Conference
20th International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED 2015; Bovisa Campus of Politecnico di MilanoMilan; Italy; 27 July 2015 through 30 July 2015
Available from: 2015-04-17 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Asadi, N., Jackson, M. & Fundin, A. (2015). Identification of the causes of complexity in mixed-product and mixed-model assembly lines. In: : . Paper presented at 22nd EurOMA Conference, OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVENESS, JUNE 26TH - JULY 1ST, 2015, NEUCHÂTEL, SWITZERLAND.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Identification of the causes of complexity in mixed-product and mixed-model assembly lines
2015 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The increasing demands for product variety have directed manufacturing companies towards accommodating flexibility by establishing mixed-product and mixed-model assembly lines. However, since greater variety leads to increased complexity, establishing these assembly lines becomes complicated. By conducting a case study, this paper investigates the causes of complexity and the applicability of assembly instructions in one mixed-product and four mixed-model assembly lines in a heavy vehicle manufacturing company. The results indicate a set of causes for complexity and highlight the significance of assembly instructions, as the practical implications for development of flexible assembly systems and design of products closely aligned with them.

National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34470 (URN)
Conference
22nd EurOMA Conference, OPERATIONS MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE COMPETITIVENESS, JUNE 26TH - JULY 1ST, 2015, NEUCHÂTEL, SWITZERLAND
Available from: 2015-04-17 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2015). Joint Development of a Manufacturing Technology: A Longitudinal Case Study within the Manufacturing Industry. In: 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15: . Paper presented at 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15, 26 Jun-1 Jul, 2015, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Joint Development of a Manufacturing Technology: A Longitudinal Case Study within the Manufacturing Industry
2015 (English)In: 22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15, 2015Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to compete within the manufacturing industry, there is a need to acquire and develop new manufacturing technologies to differentiate the company from others. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to analyse factors affecting development of a manufacturing technology in a joint development project with an equipment supplier. A longitudinal case study has been conducted at a Swedish manufacturing company and the collaboration between a manufacturing company and an equipment supplier has been studied. The findings reveal that tacit knowledge and good equipment supplier relationship are highly important factors that facilitate development of a manufacturing technology.

Keywords
Equipment supplier relationship, Knowledge development, Knowledge transfer
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-34459 (URN)
Conference
22nd International Annual EurOMA Conference EurOMA15, 26 Jun-1 Jul, 2015, Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Projects
XPRESINNOFACTURE - innovative manufacturing developmentEQUIP: User-Supplier integration in production equipment design
Available from: 2015-12-20 Created: 2016-12-22 Last updated: 2016-12-28Bibliographically approved
Organisations
Identifiers
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