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Flores-Garcia, E., Bruch, J., Wiktorsson, M. & Jackson, M. (2019). Challenges of discrete event simulation in the early stages of production system design. International journal of industrial engineering, 26(5), 819-834
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Challenges of discrete event simulation in the early stages of production system design
2019 (English)In: International journal of industrial engineering, ISSN 1072-4761, E-ISSN 1943-670X, Vol. 26, no 5, p. 819-834Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study analyzes the challenges of applying discrete event simulation in the early stages of production system design. Highlighting the implications of new production processes and technologies leading to improved competitiveness, this study provides novel contributions to the understanding of discrete event simulation based on three case studies of the transformation of legacy production systems in the heavy vehicle industry. The findings of this study show that equivocal or ambiguous understanding about new production processes or technologies, and uncertainty about necessary data input and the interrelation of subsystems in production, are critical in addressing discrete event simulation-related challenges. These findings highlight the need for an established process to manage assumptions and simplifications during the design, development, and deployment of discrete event simulation models as a countermeasure against uncertainties, improving manufacturing system design and practice.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Journal of Industrial Engineering, 2019
Keywords
production system design, discrete event simulation, case study, innovation, uncertainty, equivocality
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-46983 (URN)000498192800010 ()
Available from: 2019-12-05 Created: 2019-12-05 Last updated: 2019-12-05Bibliographically approved
Asadi, N., Jackson, M. & Fundin, A. P. (2019). Implications of realizing mix flexibility in assembly systems for product modularity—A case study. Journal of manufacturing systems, 52, 13-22
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Implications of realizing mix flexibility in assembly systems for product modularity—A case study
2019 (English)In: Journal of manufacturing systems, ISSN 0278-6125, E-ISSN 1878-6642, Vol. 52, p. 13-22Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

To enable the production of high product variety, mix flexibility in assembly systems is of paramount importance for manufacturing companies. Mixed-product assembly lines (MPALs) are growing as the key means of realizing mix flexibility in many manufacturing sectors, as they absorb volume fluctuations and offer high product variety. With the increasing product variety in MPALs, these assembly systems are becoming more complex. However, the practical challenges of these assembly systems, in particular those concerning product design, have not been adequately addressed. By performing a case study of a heavy machinery manufacturing company, this paper investigates the implications of realizing mix flexibility in an assembly system for product modularity. The findings pinpoint the low level of product modularity in assembly as the most important challenge in MPALs. Accordingly, realizing mix flexibility in an MPAL impacts product modularity through establishing a common assembly sequence and defining similar module contents across distinct product families. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2019
Keywords
Assembly system, Mix flexibility, Mixed-product assembly line, Product design, Product modularity, Assembly machines, Flexible manufacturing systems, Riveting, Assembly sequence, Assembly systems, Manufacturing companies, Manufacturing sector, Product assembly, Product families, Volume fluctuations, Assembly
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45367 (URN)10.1016/j.jmsy.2019.04.010 (DOI)000488660800002 ()2-s2.0-85065784270 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-07-17 Created: 2019-07-17 Last updated: 2019-10-30Bibliographically approved
Sannö, A., Öberg, A. E., Flores-Garcia, E. & Jackson, M. (2019). Increasing the Impact of Industry-Academia Collaboration through Co-Production. Technology Innovation Management Review, 9(4), 37-47
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Increasing the Impact of Industry-Academia Collaboration through Co-Production
2019 (English)In: Technology Innovation Management Review, ISSN 1927-0321, E-ISSN 1927-0321, Vol. 9, no 4, p. 37-47Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Increased competition and globalization motivate us to join forces to enhance the impact of the research conducted. Collaboration between organizations with different views can, however, be difficult to manage and needs awareness and skills to meet different expectations. This article will consider both a mutual industrial and academic perspective into the development of action research and, in six research project cases, empirically explore how the impact can be enhanced by considering certain key factors in the research process. How the phases of problem formulation, methodology, and results are managed is critical for the success of a collaboration and, thereby, its impact. Counter-productive forces that could dilute the progress over time need to be considered given that combining practical relevance and scientific rigour comes with challenges.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Carleton University, 2019
Keywords
action research; industry-academia collaboration; co-production; impact; collaboration; rigour; relevance; key factors
National Category
Business Administration
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-43859 (URN)10.22215/timreview/1232 (DOI)000467408500005 ()POA JTH 2019 (Local ID)POA JTH 2019 (Archive number)POA JTH 2019 (OAI)
Available from: 2019-06-03 Created: 2019-06-03 Last updated: 2019-06-03Bibliographically approved
Ahlskog, M., Bruch, J. & Jackson, M. (2019). The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), 33(5), 285-302
Open this publication in new window or tab >>The fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development
2019 (English)In: International Journal of Manufacturing Technology and Management (IJMTM), ISSN 1368-2148, E-ISSN 1741-5195, Vol. 33, no 5, p. 285-302Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The fuzzy front end of product development has been studied extensively in previous research, while the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development has been largely neglected despite its importance. Only a few empirical studies that examine the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development can be found, which have been primarily carried out in the process industry. Therefore, the overall purpose of this paper is to explore the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development. Based on three case studies carried out in the manufacturing industry, the findings of the current research highlight key activities in the fuzzy front end of manufacturing technology development and suggest that the fuzzy front end has four sub-phases with overlapping development activities. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
InderScience Publishers, 2019
Keywords
Assessment, Case study, Fuzzy front end, Manufacturing industry, Readiness level, Technology management, Manufacture, Manufacturing industries, Readiness levels, Technology managements, Industrial research
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-46809 (URN)10.1504/IJMTM.2019.103280 (DOI)2-s2.0-85074230601 (Scopus ID)
Available from: 2019-11-12 Created: 2019-11-12 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved
Chirumalla, K., Jackson, M., Bruch, J., Andersson, N. & Löv, R. (2018). Exploring feedback loops in the industrialization process: A case study. In: Procedia Manufacturing: . Paper presented at 8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018; Waterfront Convention Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 - 18 May 2018 (pp. 169-176). Elsevier, 25
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring feedback loops in the industrialization process: A case study
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2018 (English)In: Procedia Manufacturing, Elsevier, 2018, Vol. 25, p. 169-176Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study is to explore the current available practices of feedback loops at different phases in the industrialization process. Although literature highlights the impact of feedback loops for both product and production systems development, there is limited research about how firms utilize the concept of feedback loops in the industrialization process. Based on a case study at a railway component manufacturing company, the paper presents the identified feedback loops and mechanisms that are working well and not working well within the industrialization process. Further, it explains a practical method to improve the current or establish new feedback loops. The paper contributes to the discussion on the application of lean and agile approaches to the industrialization process where feedback loops act as enablers. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2018
Keywords
Experience feedback, feedback loops, knowledge management, new product introduction, organizational learning
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-45343 (URN)10.1016/j.promfg.2018.06.071 (DOI)2-s2.0-85065642445 (Scopus ID)
Conference
8th Swedish Production Symposium, SPS 2018; Waterfront Convention Centre, Stockholm, Sweden, 16 - 18 May 2018
Available from: 2019-07-16 Created: 2019-07-16 Last updated: 2019-07-16Bibliographically approved
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. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Wydawnictwo Wrocławskiej Rady FSNT NOT, 2016
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: 2018-09-12Bibliographically 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. International Annual EurOMA Conference
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, International Annual EurOMA Conference, 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
International Annual EurOMA Conference, 2016
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: 2018-09-12Bibliographically 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). Elsevier
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Reconfigurable Manufacturing - An Enabler for a Production System Portfolio Approach
2016 (English)In: Procedia CIRP, Elsevier, 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.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2016
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: 2019-06-24Bibliographically 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
Organisations
Identifiers
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