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  • 1.
    Zafarzadeh, Masoud
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    Jackson, Mats
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.
    AUTOMATION FROM LEAN PERSPECTIVE: POTENTIALS AND CHALLENGES2013Manuscript (preprint) (Other (popular science, discussion, etc.))
    Abstract [en]

    The competitive climate of production and high labour cost, motivate western companies to use technologies like automation as a mean to increase manufacturing competitiveness. On the other hand companies are aware about cost reductive policies like lean production which has shown noticeable achievement, consequently some manufacturers tend to follow such system. In this situation, in order to have lean enterprise, it is vital to find a clear picture of challenges and potentials of implementing automation within a lean environment. So, finding the right level and type of automation becomes vital for companies, and achieving this is not possible without a lean development of automation. The paper presents an overview of automation development from a lean perspective. The focus is on manufacturing and a case study in the automotive industry is presented. Challenges and potentials of automation are pinpointed and some suggestions regarding automation development is given.

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    Zafarzadeh, Masoud
    et al.
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Vedapatti Ranganathan, Hariram
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Kurdve, Martin
    Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.
    Sustainable supply chain management in automotive industry- Supplier company relationship and Integration management challenge2012In: International Journal of Academic Conference Proceedings, v. 1, n. 2, 2012, Institute of Management Technology, 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Growing competition in automotive industry has forced companies to have serious attention towards the sustainability concept. Obviously environmental, social and economic challenges do not only happen inside companies, but rather involves the whole supply chain process. Most of the practical efforts are focusing on manufacturing phase and less attention has been paid to supply and distribution areas. However, it is not possible to achieve a sustainable supply chain unless the current situation is accurately mapped and long term policies toward a sustainable future state are defined. In this respect, the authors consider two major challenges, first supplier coordination with sustainability requirements and second investigating the alliance of current managerial policies. In theory, the paper aim is to represent sustainable supply chain management by focusing on supplier company relations. Integration as a vital element to meet sustainable supply chain is discussed by exploring the coherence of lean and green with sustainability. In practice, three leading automotive companies’ Sustainable Supply Chain Management (SSCM) systems (TOYOTA, VOLVO and Volkswagen) are investigated in order to figure out their perspective toward SSCM.

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