Automation in the wood product industry: challenges and opportunities
2016 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
A stagnation of productivity increase has been observed in the Swedish wood product industry. The manufacturers believe that there is a need to invest further in automation in order to stay competitive. For this reason, the paper seeks to understand the role of automation in the Swedish wood product industry, and focuses on identifying the challenges and opportunities of automation. The following research question was addressed: What are the challenges and opportunities of automation in the wood product industry? In order to answer the research question, four case studies were conducted, each case representing a different business area. The research question was examined in terms of internal – and external challenges and opportunities. The internal challenges and opportunities examine the manufacturing, while the external challenges and opportunities examine the influence of the business environment. Findings indicate that lack of manufacturing strategies, and lack of awareness of automation technologies were some of the main challenges. Regarding the opportunities, increased profitability and competitiveness were emphasized. The identification of the challenges and opportunities of automation in the wood product industry can provide insights and be used as underlying decisions for automation investments.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Levels of Automation (LoA), material utilization, production flexibility
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-31957OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-31957DiVA: diva2:1034095
The 7th Swedish Production Symposium, 25th to 27th October 2016, Lund, Sweden