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Communication space: Spatial design in manufacturing industry
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Information Design - Design Inspired Innovation)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0012-7127
2011 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The main concern of this licentiate thesis is to discuss how built space is used for communication in the manufacturing industry, from a visual communication perspective. The thesis presents and develops the notion of 'communication space' and presents a model to describe the relation between different factors in the communication space.

In a multiple case study, six different cases from the manufacturing industry are described and analyzed to highlight how built space is used for communication in a lean production context. Research results on how built spaces such as improvement places, meeting places and a development workshop affect improvement processes and communication are presented. What the studied improvement areas, meeting places and workshop can be said to communicate about the improvement processes is analyzed.

The research results show that the built spaces in manufacturing industry are used for communication on two levels, both as places for interaction between employees and as a part of a communication process. The study also shows a relation between architecture from a specific time and the relation to the improvement work in the industrial context. How the results can be used to facilitate communication in the built spaces used for improvement processes in manufacturing industry is suggested in the thesis.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University , 2011.
Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 128
Keyword [en]
Visual communication, visual management, spatial design, manufacturing industry, improvement process
Keyword [sv]
Visuell kommunikation, visuelll styrning, rumslig gestalting, tillverkningsindustri
National Category
Architectural Engineering Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Communication Studies Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-11857ISBN: 978-91-7485-006-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-11857DiVA: diva2:399034
Presentation
2011-04-05, Selanderrummet, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:15 (English)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
DeViP and Kaikaku
Available from: 2011-02-21 Created: 2011-02-21 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
List of papers
1. Design as Information: How May Design and Information Relate?
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Design as Information: How May Design and Information Relate?
2009 (English)In: Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, ISSN 1833-1874, Vol. 3, no 4, 161-172 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

According to Pettersson, design may be a process and/or the result of the process, a product. The area of design is multidisciplinary and involves several notions. One is in the subject field of Information Design, which includes language, communication, art, cognition and information science. These disciplines refer to the concept of information differently. There is therefore a need for a fruitful theory of information, terms and concepts in order to enrich the reasoning of design as information. Bates presents a definition of information and several fundamental information forms. There, she offers a theoretical framework, the main core of which is that information may take different forms related to architecture, graphic design, interior design, and interface design, etc. Such a framework may contribute to understanding the meaning of design. Bates’ theory is applied in a study involving spatial design in industrial environments. The conclusions of the study illustrates how design and information relate to a design process and a design product that enriches the understanding of the meaning of design.

National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-9090 (URN)
Available from: 2010-03-03 Created: 2010-03-03 Last updated: 2014-06-23Bibliographically approved
2. Spatial design and communication for Improved Production Performance
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spatial design and communication for Improved Production Performance
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of The International 3rd Swedish Production Symposium: Göteborg, Sweden, 2-3 december 2009 / [ed] Rosén, B.G., Swedish Production Academy, 2009, 317-324 p.Conference paper, (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper present research results on how a spatial design can communicate and support

production performance in relation to lean production. The main concern of this paper is to

discuss the role of interior design and its affect on humans in a production system and to

contribute to a more profound understanding of lean production from a communicative aspect.

This paper is focusing on three case studies: a project studio, a prototype workshop, and a

development workshop in manufacturing companies. The study in the development workshop

is conducted during a period of two years, with an ambitious survey as follow up. The

two others are context cases to exemplify and investigate the role of interior design in an

industrial environment, with project studios as the main subject.

The research method chosen is case study methodology including a literature review related

to examples from the industrial case studies.

In industry, spatial design in interaction with visual artefacts can be used to reduce the 8th

waste by supporting effective communication, cross-functional work, decision-making processes,

reinforcing the project identity, facilitating project management, save time, shorten

led time for development projects and inspire employees to a positive view of the company

and the project.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Swedish Production Academy: , 2009
Keyword
Visual management, Production performance, obeya, spatial design
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-11833 (URN)978-91-633-6006-0 (ISBN)
Conference
SPS'09
Projects
Kaikaku, DeVipxpres
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2011-02-16 Created: 2011-02-16 Last updated: 2013-12-04Bibliographically approved
3. Spatial design for continuous improvement: The case study of three manufacturing companies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Spatial design for continuous improvement: The case study of three manufacturing companies
2010 (English)In: International journal of computer integrated manufacturing (Print), ISSN 0951-192X, E-ISSN 1362-3052, Vol. 23, no 8-9, 791-805 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

There are places in industry intended for communication regarding continuous improvement. This paper presents an observation of the state of practice today in one large and two medium-sized companies. It explores spatial design in

continuous improvement areas and how spatial design may hinder or support communication regarding

improvements. Although implementation and development of lean manufacturing is a subject for research in an

industrial context, the spatial design is not well developed as a supporting variable. Computers or digital

visualisation tools are not used in the improvement areas of the studied companies, even though the companies have

a highly automated production. The improvement areas serve as a complement to the integration of manufacturing

through computers. The improvement areas enhance the possibility to develop shared knowledge of how the

production works and to coordinate actions. The architectural and semiotic analysis of the spatial design for

continuous improvement in industry implies a different perspective and includes aspects of cognition, information,

communication and treats how and what the elements in the improvement areas communicate.

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Taylor & Francis, 2010
Keyword
design; lean manufacturing; information; continuous improvement
National Category
Humanities
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-11822 (URN)10.1080/09511921003699824 (DOI)000281856000009 ()
Projects
KaikakuDe Vip
Available from: 2011-02-14 Created: 2011-02-14 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved

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