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Realizing a Factory-in-a-Box Solution in a Local Manufacturing Environment
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6062-2173
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
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2009 (English)In: 42nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems, Grenoble, France, 2009Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Meeting customer demands require manufacturing systems with a high degree of flexibility in the same time as the use of automation is becoming critical for competition. This is challenging, especially for SMEs with their inferior economical and competence conditions. This paper presents a new set up where the Factory-in-a-Box concept has been realized for a small manufacturing company with a profile of craftsmanship and small volumes. The objective of this paper is to discuss the possibility for SMEs to use automation and the Factory-in-a-box-concept to stay competitive and also the Factory-in-a-Box concept as means for realizing a Product-Service System.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Grenoble, France, 2009.
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-8969OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-8969DiVA, id: diva2:301531
Conference
42nd CIRP Conference on Manufacturing Systems Sustainable Development of Manufacturing Systems Grenoble, Wed. 3 - Fri. 5, June 2009
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production researchAvailable from: 2010-03-03 Created: 2010-03-03 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Competitive Internal Logistics Systems through Automation
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Competitive Internal Logistics Systems through Automation
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The growing demand for products and services puts great pressure on logistics performance and enhances the role that logistics plays in determining a company’s competitiveness.

This research focuses on internal logistics systems, which includes all logistics activities and processes within the physical limits of an isolated company. Internal logistics is vital for the overall function of many companies. However, despite its importance, this part of logistics has traditionally not been viewed or developed in a strategic way. Since internal logistics activities are often characterized by a high degree of manual handling and hence strongly affect the cost of operations, there is a large incentive for improvements in this area.  

One possible way to improve an internal logistics system is with the help of automation. In many areas, automation is a well-known means to increase productivity and cut costs, thus improving competitiveness. However, automation is not commonly used within internal logistics activities, and there is a lack of knowledge and research within this new application area. The main objective of this research, therefore, is to contribute to an increased understanding of how automation can be used to develop competitive internal logistics systems.

Four empirical studies have been performed to investigate how companies perceive and work with their internal logistics systems, specifically in terms of improvements using automation. The empirical studies also aimed at identifying and describing how the studied companies could benefit from automation within internal logistics activities.

From the studies, the importance of assessing and being aware of the current state of logistics performance was discovered as a basic requirement that needs to be fulfilled before conducting improvement work. Further, one of the main overall conclusions from this research is the need for a logistics strategy that includes goals and plans for the operation and development of an internal logistics system. As a result of the research, a structure and procedure for the development of a logistics strategy and a framework for conducting an improvement process in internal logistics using automation were developed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2011
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 137
Keywords
Internal logistics, logistics systems, automation, performance
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12246 (URN)978-91-7485-017-8 (ISBN)
Presentation
2011-06-17, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:15 (Swedish)
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Lean Automation
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2011-05-16 Created: 2011-05-11 Last updated: 2013-12-06Bibliographically approved

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