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Automation Strategies: Refinement of Manufacturing Strategy Content
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Engineering and Management. (Produktionssystem)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3236-5648
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Engineering and Management. (Produktionssystem)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0216-4493
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH, Industrial Engineering and Management. Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Engineering and Management. (Produktionssystem)
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2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Automated manufacturing systems are regarded as highly productive, which improves company’s competitiveness. Many companies consider automation as either fully automated or entirely manual. This is never true since there is always a combination of automated and manual tasks. The delicate issue is to choose the level of automation, LoA, which is best for the purpose. When planning and implementing automated manufacturing systems, a large number of issues need to be considered. Traditional manufacturing strategy theory however treats automation as one subset of process technology decision category. In our research we have come to the conclusion that automation decisions affect much more of the company’s operation activities. Thus, there is a need for developing the manufacturing strategy field in order to embrace relevant aspects/decisions in all of the decision categories. This paper aims at bridging the gap in traditional manufacturing strategy theory and highlights the additional decisions that are necessary in order to cover automation.

The authors suggest a decision support tool that highlights the different actions that are needed when changing the level of automation in manufacturing systems.

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2006.
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Manufacturing strategy, Automation strategy, Level of automation, Manufacturing system
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-6089OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-6089DiVA, id: diva2:36909
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the 17th Annual POMS Conference
Available from: 2008-05-20 Created: 2008-05-20 Last updated: 2015-12-30Bibliographically approved

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