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Levels of Automation in Manufacturing Systems: Aligning Strategic and Tactical Decisions by Means of Operational Measurement
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production. (Produktionssystem)
2007 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg: Chalmers University of Technology , 2007. , p. 98
Series
Research Series from Chalmers University of Technology, ISSN 1652-9243 ; 18
Keyword [en]
Levels of Automation, manufacturing systems, manufacturing strategy, performance, taxonomy, profile
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-3812OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-3812DiVA, id: diva2:34632
Presentation
(English)
Available from: 2007-10-11 Created: 2007-10-11 Last updated: 2009-05-13Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Developing a methodology based on Value Stream Mapping for the Measurement of Automation Levels in Production Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing a methodology based on Value Stream Mapping for the Measurement of Automation Levels in Production Systems
2005 (English)In: CIRP 3rd International Conference on Reconfigurable Manufacturing: Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA, May 10 - 12, 2005, 2005Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

From a production system perspective, both human and technological capabilities, automation, are important for balance and robustness. Separating and standardizing the balance allocation or relationship between theses two is termed levels of automation (LoA). The purpose of this paper is to investigate the use of Value Stream Mapping to measure levels of automation in production value streams and to discuss suitable types of taxonomies for measuring automation. The results of two case studies show that different LoA models can be used when measuring, but preferable is to separate computerized and mechanized processes. A measurement methodology is also provided based on value stream mapping.

Keyword
levels of automation, value stream mapping, production systems
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-8682 (URN)
Projects
DYNAMO
Available from: 2009-05-07 Created: 2009-05-07 Last updated: 2009-05-11Bibliographically approved
2. Choosing Levels of Automation in Production Systems: Finding Critical and Supportive Factors
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Choosing Levels of Automation in Production Systems: Finding Critical and Supportive Factors
2005 (English)In: Proceedings of the 12th International EurOMA Conference on Operations and Global Competitiveness, Budapest, Hungary, June 19-22, 2005, 2005, p. 1593-1601Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Operation and strategic decision making becomes more complex and dynamic related to the performance of industrial companies. In this light, the choice of a suitable and right automation level becomes critical and is a non-trivial decision making process. The purpose of this paper is to present definitions of manufacturing strategy, operational flexibility and automation levels in manufacturing. Further, this paper discusses linkages between process technology life stages, manufacturing strategy and levels of automation. A framework presenting critical and supportive factors affected by the choice of level of automation both short and long term give the basics for designating responsibilities to different categories of manufacturing managers. The choice of automation levels can be seen from and should be considered within different dimensions: (1) process life cycle stage; (2) fit with manufacturing strategy; and (3) organizational level.

Keyword
Manufacturing strategy, levels of automation, framework
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6086 (URN)
Available from: 2008-05-20 Created: 2008-05-20 Last updated: 2015-12-30Bibliographically approved
3. Controlling Levels of Automation: A model for identifying manufacturing parameters
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Controlling Levels of Automation: A model for identifying manufacturing parameters
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the 9th IFAC Symposium on Automated Systems Based on Human Skill and Knowledge, Nancy, France, May 22-24, 2006, 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The term Levels of Automation is defined in this paper as the interaction and task division between the human and the machine within a manufacturing system. This paper presents a model for identifying manufacturing parameters to control automation levels. The results show that different parameters are identified as capabilities that affect the level of automation and the output of the system. Conclusion is that the model presented can serve as a way to control and choose the right level of automation by adjusting either input parameters or the level of automation which together with performance measures form a continuous system.

Keyword
Manufacturing systems, model, performance measures, manufacturing levers, parameters
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6091 (URN)978-3-902661-05-0 (ISBN)
Available from: 2007-08-02 Created: 2007-08-02 Last updated: 2015-12-30Bibliographically approved

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