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Design information for efficient equipment supplier/buyer integration
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
Mälardalen University.
2012 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786, Vol. 23, no 4, 484-502 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the underlying design information and success factors for production equipment acquisition, in order to support the design of high-performance production systems.

Design/methodology/approach – The research strategy employed was an in-depth case study of an industrialization project, together with a questionnaire of 25 equipment suppliers.

Findings – The study provides the reader with an insight into the role of design information when acquiring production equipment by addressing questions such as: What type of information is used? How do equipment suppliers obtain information? What factors facilitate a smooth production system acquisition?

Research limitations/implications – Limitations are primarily associated with the chosen research methodology, which requires further empirical studies to establish a generic value.

Practical implications – The implications are that manufacturing companies have to transfer various types of design information with respect to the content and kind of information. More attention has to be placed on what information is transferred to ensure that equipment suppliers receive all the information needed to design and subsequently build the production equipment. To facilitate integration of equipment suppliers, manufacturing companies should appoint a contact person who can gather, understand and transform relevant design information.

Originality/value – External integration of equipment suppliers in production system design by means of design information is an area that has been rarely addressed in academia and industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 23, no 4, 484-502 p.
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20308DOI: 10.1108/17410381211230448OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-20308DiVA: diva2:591692
Available from: 2013-01-21 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-09-05Bibliographically approved
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1. Management of design information in the production system design process
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2012 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

For manufacturing companies active on the global market, high-performance production systems that contribute to the growth and competitiveness of the company are essential. Among a wide range of industries it is increasingly acknowledged that superior production system capabilities are crucial for competitive success. However, the process of designing the production system has received little attention, ignoring its potential for gaining a competitive edge. Designing production systems in an effective and efficient manner is advantageous as it supports the possibility to achieve the best possible production system in a shorter time. One way to facilitate the design of the production system is an effective management of design information. Without managing design information effectively in the production system design process the consequences may be devastating including delays, difficulties in production ramp-up, costly rework, and productivity losses.

The objective of the research presented in this thesis is to develop knowledge that will contribute to an effective management of design information when designing production systems. The empirical data collection rests on a multiple-case study method and a survey in which the primary data derive from two industrialization projects at a supplier in the automotive industry. Each industrialization project involved the design of a new production system.

The findings revealed ten categories of design information to be used throughout the process of designing production systems. The identified design information categories are grouped in the following way: (1) design information that minimizes the risk of sub-optimization; (2) design information that ensures an alignment with the requirements placed by the external context; (3) design information that ensures an alignment with the requirements placed by the internal context, and (4) design information that facilitates advancements in the design work. In order to improve the management of the broad variety of design information required, a framework is developed. The framework confirms the necessity to consider the management of design information as a multidimensional construct consisting of the acquiring, sharing, and using of information. Further, the framework is based on six characteristics that influence the management of design information. These characteristics are information type, source of information, communication medium, formalization, information quality, and pragmatic information. Supported by the findings, guidelines for the management of design information are outlined to facilitate an effective and efficient design of the production system and thus contribute to better production systems. The guidelines are of value to those responsible for or involved in the design of production systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Mälardalen University, 2012
National Category
Mechanical Engineering
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urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-20312 (URN)978-91-7485-059-8 (ISBN)
Available from: 2013-01-22 Created: 2013-01-21 Last updated: 2013-01-22Bibliographically approved

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