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Evaluation of logistical capacity and future storage needs at the Technical Material Analysis department of Volvo Cars
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering and Natural Sciences.
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Mechanical Engineering and Natural Sciences.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study has been performed at Volvo Car Corporation in Gothenburg, Sweden. Volvo’s Technical Material Analysis department, TMA, has experienced large increases in incoming material quantities since 2015. The objective of the study was to establish a well-founded proposal for improvement that can make the logistical situation at TMA sustainable in a long-term perspective. TMA is a business within Volvo’s Warranty department. Its main purpose is to store material on behalf of other departments within Volvo, and to perform analyses on warranty claims from dealers. In order to collect relevant information, several conventional methods have been used. Semistructured and unstructured interviews were used when studying the business structures and learning about the effects of different departments on TMA. Data collection was performed via archive studies, collecting historical data within Volvo’s internal computer system. Brainstorming and a workshop were used together with TMA staff in order to capture advantages and disadvantages concerning the potential improvement proposals. After the evaluation of a number of concepts, only one remained: to move the business to new facilities. This is considered the only proposal that can establish a long-term sustainable logistical situation for TMA. The other concepts that were considered can potentially solve the current logistical situation, but certainly not tomorrow’s, due to the expected increases in incoming material quantities. The study’s conclusion is thus that the TMA business must be moved to larger facilities, in order to be able to fully maintain its business. The improvements that did not meet the long-term objectives are still considered valuable for the business. They are: Higher inventory turnover and New storage layout with new pallet racks. The implementation of these can establish a better work environment due to decreased amounts of storage, shorter lead times, higher work efficiency and a better over-all control over the storage business.   

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 57 p.
Keyword [en]
LEAN, logistics, storage management, inventory, internal business
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Mechanical Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11088Local ID: EXM503OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11088DiVA: diva2:1119061
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Mechanical engineering
Educational program
Industriell ekonomi
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Available from: 2017-07-13 Created: 2017-07-03 Last updated: 2017-07-13Bibliographically approved

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