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Current situation analysis: Manufacturing challenges in woodworking sector
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0216-4493
Jönköping University, School of Engineering, JTH. Research area Industrial Production.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3236-5648
2015 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The woodworking sector is highly competitive and mostly competes by manufacturing cost and product quality. The raw material itself stands for more than 50% of total manufacturing cost. In order to decrease manufacturing costs, there is a need to increase quality and efficiency. Even though competitive manufacturing is a widely researched area, sparser research is focused on the woodworking sector. The purpose of this paper is to identify challenges affecting manufacturing competitiveness regarding the following: management, workforce, manufacturing process, material and material handling, and information. The results are based on a literature review supplemented by a case study, conducted at a Swedish interior wood products manufacturing firm. Results indicate that competence is a challenge inhibiting manufacturing competitiveness. Other challenges identified are related to, among others, adaptability. The woodworking sector has a low level of adaptation to manufacturing philosophies and technologies, leaving it lagging behind other industries.                             

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015.
Keyword [en]
challenges; competitive manufacturing; competitiveness; wood industry; woodworking sector
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-28855OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-28855DiVA: diva2:890668
Conference
The 23th International Conference on Production Research, Manila, August 2-5, 2015.
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Knowledge Foundation
Available from: 2016-01-04 Created: 2016-01-04 Last updated: 2017-05-11Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Exploring aspects of automation decisions: A study in the Swedish wood products industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Exploring aspects of automation decisions: A study in the Swedish wood products industry
2017 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The wood products industry is important to Sweden's prosperity, and is currently facing several challenges by increased global competition. To avoid the gradual decline of the industry’s contribution to the country’s revenues and employment opportunities, the Swedish wood products industry needs to increase the proportion of the raw material that is refined. New and efficient manufacturing technologies are essential to support this development. The implementation of automation in manufacturing needs to be supported by conscious and well-defined strategies. However, currently, there is a lack of knowledge regarding automation decisions in this industry. Therefore, the purpose of this thesis is to increase knowledge regarding which aspects should be taken into account when automation decisions are considered in the wood products industry. Three research questions are addressed: (1) What is the current state of manufacturing operations in the wood products industry? (2) What are the potential opportunities for automation in the wood products industry? And (3) What challenges can arise from automation in the wood products industry?

The results presented in this thesis are based on four research papers. The first paper provides an overview of the current state of manufacturing operations in the wood products industry. The second paper examined the impact of the raw material on manufacturing operations in the wood products industry. The third paper assessed how the levels of automation in manufacturing impact operational performance. The fourth paper examined automation opportunities and challenges to gain a better understanding of the reasoning behind automation decisions in the industry.

In general, it is concluded that automation decisions in the wood products industry tend to be based on “gut feeling” and previous experience with automation rather than well-defined decisions and strategies. This is due to inadequate knowledge and familiarity with automation technologies in manufacturing. Furthermore, the findings showed that different aspects of manufacturing interact and impact each other. For this reason, it is essential to take into account other aspects of manufacturing when considering automation decisions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Jönköping: Jönköping University, School of Engineering, 2017. 67 p.
Series
JTH Dissertation Series, 025
Keyword
Sweden, Wood products industry, Manufacturing strategy, Automation decisions
National Category
Engineering and Technology Wood Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-35451 (URN)978-91-87289-26-2 (ISBN)
Presentation
2017-06-02, E1405, 10:00 (English)
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ProWOOD
Available from: 2017-05-11 Created: 2017-05-04 Last updated: 2017-06-02Bibliographically approved

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