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Factory-in-a-Box: an Enabler for Flexibility in Manufacturing Systems
Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.
2006 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

AT PRESENT, many markets are characterized by a fast pace of change, as well as a high internationally enlarged competition. Since the conception of Mass Customization emerged in the late 1980´s, many companies within the manufacturing industry have been striving to fulfill this vision by increasing the flexibility within their manufacturing system. However, although there are many manufacturing theories that describe theoretical solutions to mass customization, but there is still a lack of practical enablers that can realize the conception.

In January 2005, the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research started the project Factory-in-a-Box. There, the key characteristic is to realize is the concept of modular production units that are flexible, mobile and quick to ramp-up. This licentiate thesis is a part of the Factory-in-a-Box project, and its objective is to investigate if and how the Factory-in-a-box concept is an enabler to realize flexibility in manufacturing systems.

The outcome of this research work indicates that the Factory-in-a-Box concept is a plausible solution that goes in line with previous research and future challenges within the manufacturing industry. The Factory-in-a-Box concept offers possibilities for a more flexible and responsive manufacturing system, which also unwrap new business possibilities, increased automation, and entering new markets. To succeed in implementing the Factory-in-a-Box concept in a manufacturing system some key generic requirements have been identified.

The research project concludes that mobile manufacturing systems in general and the Factory-in-a-Box concept in particular offer new possibilities to the manufacturing industry. Also, the concept is not limited to the manufacturing industry, there are a wide range of applications where the concept could be useful, for example within the construction industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för Innovation, Design och Produktutveckling , 2006. , ca 70+40 appendix p.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256
Keyword [en]
Factory-in-a-Box, Flexibility, Mobility, Manufacturing, Production, Mass Customization
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Industriell ekonomi och organisation
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-156ISBN: 91-85485-25-X (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-156DiVA: diva2:120554
Presentation
2006-10-27, Helix, MDH, Eskilstuna, 10:00
Opponent
Supervisors
Available from: 2006-09-29 Created: 2006-09-29
List of papers
1. Factory-in-a-Box: An Enabler to Realize Mass Customization
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Factory-in-a-Box: An Enabler to Realize Mass Customization
2006 (English)In: Proceedings of the international conference on agile manufacturing, ICAM 2006, 2006, 44-54 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4023 (URN)978-1-61738-293-2 (ISBN)
Conference
The international conference on agile manufacturing, ICAM 2006, July 18-21, 2006, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2006-09-29 Created: 2006-09-29 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
2. Mobile Manufacturing Systems: Market Requirements and Opportunities
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Mobile Manufacturing Systems: Market Requirements and Opportunities
2006 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Managing the global competition within the manufacturing industry emphasizes the need formore flexible production capacity. One way to achieve improved flexibility is to implement amobile manufacturing system. The authors participate in the research project “Factory-in-a-Box”, which key performance indicators are: mobility, flexibility, and speed. The objective ofthe Factory-in-a-Box concept is to develop mobile manufacturing capacity on demand, whichcan either be moved between different productions sites or within a plant. There are severalreasons for introducing a mobile manufacturing system, such as:

• Entering new markets where there is a necessity to have local production.

• Being able to share low frequent used production capacity with other companies.

• Covering occasional peaks in production.

Principally, the demands on a mobile manufacturing system are high in terms ofreconfiguration ability, generality, and an efficient knowledge and information handlingsystem. By increasing the mobility of the manufacturing system, both small and mediumsized enterprises (SMEs) as well as larger companies could increase their competitiveness.By conducting semi-structured interviews at several companies of different type and size,both market and individual company requirements concerning mobile manufacturing systemshave been identified. This paper describes the Factory-in-a-Box concept, and resultsdiscovered during a multiple case study. By explaining existing manufacturing theories andrelating the Factory-in-a-Box concept to some of these theories, the authors give practicalexamples of how the concept can be applied.This paper gives an overview of the requirements set on the mobile manufacturing system,and enlightens practical examples of how, and under which circumstances, the Factory-in-a-Box concept could be applied.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4024 (URN)
Conference
Proceedings of the 2006 IJME- Intertech International Conference
Available from: 2006-09-29 Created: 2006-09-29 Last updated: 2013-02-06Bibliographically approved
3. Flexible and Mobile Production: Demonstrator for Small Series Production Modules
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Flexible and Mobile Production: Demonstrator for Small Series Production Modules
2006 (English)In: PROCEEDINGS OF THE SIXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING - TMCE 2006, APRIL 18-22, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA, 2006, 1185-1187 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4025 (URN)
Conference
IXTH INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON TOOLS AND METHODS OF COMPETITIVE ENGINEERING - TMCE 2006, APRIL 18-22, LJUBLJANA, SLOVENIA
Available from: 2006-09-29 Created: 2006-09-29 Last updated: 2015-07-08Bibliographically approved

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