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Designing internal logistics systems fit for the future
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation. (IPR (Innovation and Product Realisation))ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6062-2173
2013 (English)In: 20th EurOMA conference: Operations Management At the Heart of Recovery, Dublin, Ireland, 2013Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In a manufacturing context, it is vital to be able to adjust the internal logistics system to both current and future needs. Through a longitudinal case study, industrial needs and challenges associated with the process of developing and redesigning the internal logistics system have been analyzed to identify prerequisites for successful development. The findings show that the progress and success of the development process is strongly affected by the internal customer’s ability to specify needs and requirements. The conclusions include the need for a clear logistics vision and strategy to set the directives for the future design of the system.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dublin, Ireland, 2013.
Keywords [en]
Internal logistics, systems design and development, development process
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-22242OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-22242DiVA, id: diva2:661768
Conference
20th EurOMA conference, 7th-12th June 2013, Dublin, Ireland
Projects
XPRESLEAD - Lean Automation DevelopmentAvailable from: 2013-11-04 Created: 2013-10-31 Last updated: 2015-11-04Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Facilitating Automation Development in Internal Logistics Systems
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Facilitating Automation Development in Internal Logistics Systems
2014 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The internal logistics system includes all activities connected with managing the flow of materials within the physical limits of a facility. This system is an important part of operations in need of increased focus and continuous improvements. Automation is one possible tool with a previously confirmed great potential to improve internal logistics. Despite this great potential and a growing trend of using automation in the area, internal logistics activities are still not automated to the same extent as other parts of operations. The overall aim of this research is therefore to develop knowledge that supports the successful use of automation in internal logistics systems.

The automation development process has been identified as critical for the success of the use of automation. With the overall aim of the research in mind, the objective of this thesis is to develop a framework facilitating the automation development process in internal logistics systems. To help fulfil the objective, empirical data have been collected through five case studies and a survey study. During the empirical studies, the process of improving the internal logistics system and the automation development process have been analysed and the focus has been on identifying challenges and facilitators for the successful use and development of automation in internal logistics systems.

The findings indicate a poor awareness of both current and desired performance of the internal logistics system at the companies studied. In addition, automation development is often conducted in an unstructured and poorly supported manner and there is often insecurity regarding what steps and actions to take. Foremost, the findings indicate a poor base for proper evaluation and decisions during automation development in internal logistics systems. This is analysed and concluded as a cause of unclear goals and requirements and the lack of a strategic view with regard to both internal logistics operations and the use and development of automation.

A framework, including proposed guidelines to overcome the observed challenges by including identified factors facilitating successful automation development in internal logistics systems has been developed. The core of the framework is a proposed process model for automation development in an internal logistics context. Due to the identified importance and the lack of a strategy linked to and supporting the automation development process, the framework also includes a proposed model for an internal logistics strategy as well as a proposed model for an automation strategy. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2014. p. 124
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 150
Keywords
automation development, internal logistics, automation, systems development
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-23685 (URN)978-91-7485-130-4 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-02-13, Raspen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (Swedish)
Opponent
Supervisors
Projects
LEAD - Lean Automation Development
Funder
XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production researchVINNOVA
Available from: 2013-12-17 Created: 2013-12-17 Last updated: 2015-02-05Bibliographically approved

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