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Exploring the design process of reconfigurable industrial production systems activities, challenges, and tactics
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9800-4840
Department of Product Realization, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Mälardalen University, Eskilstuna, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 29, no 1, p. 85-103Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to explore activities, challenges, and suggest tactics for the design of industrial reconfigurable production systems that can easily adapt to changing market opportunities.

Design/methodology/approach – The paper synthesizes the empirical findings of seven case studies including 47 in-depth interviews at four manufacturing companies.

Findings – A conceptual production system design process and including activities that enables a long-term perspective considering reconfigurability is proposed. Additionally, critical challenges indicating that reconfigurable production system design is not a trivial issue but one that requires separate control and coordination are identified and tactics to overcome the challenges described.

Research limitations/implications – The authors propose a process for designing reconfigurable production systems that are better suited to adjust to future needs. The knowledge of reconfigurability from the reconfigurable manufacturing system literature is applied in the general production system literature field. This study contributes to a clearer picture of managerial challenges that need to be dealt with when designing a reconfigurable production system.

Practical implications – By clarifying key activities facilitating a long-term perspective in the design process and highlighting challenges and tactics for improvement, the findings are particularly relevant to production engineers and plant managers interested in increasing the ability to adapt to future changes through reconfigurability and improve the efficiency of their production system design process.

Originality/value – Although reconfigurable production systems are critical for the success of manufacturing companies, the process of designing such systems is not clear. This paper stretches this by giving a comprehensive picture of the production system design process and the activities that need to be considered to meet these challenges. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 2017. Vol. 29, no 1, p. 85-103
Keywords [en]
Flexibility, Manufacturing industry, Manufacturing systems, Process design, Production systems, Responsiveness, Systems design, Computer aided manufacturing, Managers, Manufacture, Systems analysis, Design/methodology/approach, Manufacturing industries, Production system, Production system designs, Reconfigurable manufacturing system, Reconfigurable production systems, Design
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-38458DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-06-2016-0090ISI: 000418928000004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85037168340OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-38458DiVA, id: diva2:1172947
Available from: 2018-01-11 Created: 2018-01-11 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved

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