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Robotics and quality: A sociomaterial analysis of assembly line
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Divison of Informatics. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3506-2327
University West, School of Business, Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5996-7668
2019 (English)In: CEUR Workshop Proceedings, ISSN 1613-0073, E-ISSN 1613-0073, Vol. 2398, p. 123-136Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Automation of manufacturing industry has been on agenda for nearly five decades now. Today, the affordability and efficiency of automated solutions make them increasingly relevant to Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs). Their continued survival depends on the quality of the end product and as much as any SME might intend to increase its business potential, it can’t afford to lose quality by the time it turns to automated solutions. Here, we focus on an assembly line soon to leave its manual processes to automation. It is a case from a manufacturing plant, and we ask what happens to quality once the automation solutions are in place? Exploiting the five notions of Sociomateriality, we explore the changes in the socio-technical configurations of the workplace each of which, we discuss, are consequential for quality. We show while quality is an ultimate business goal for any SME; it is first and foremost a practical problem at the shop-floor. We discuss how quality originates from socio material configurations and distinguish the process-quality from product-quality while attending to working-life quality. We address the challenge of translating the quality which once was in hands, tools, and the relationship among them, to the quality of exact calculations of automated solutions. ©Copyright held by the author(s).

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2019. Vol. 2398, p. 123-136
Keywords [en]
Assembly; Assembly machines; Image quality; Manufacture; Plants (botany); Robots, Automated solutions; Automation solutions; Manufacturing industries; Manufacturing plant; Material configurations; Practical problems; Small and medium-size enterprise (SMEs); Socio materialities, Automation
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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Work Integrated Learning; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14485Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85069505949OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14485DiVA, id: diva2:1357067
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Conference of 5th International Workshop on Socio-Technical Perspective in IS Development, STPIS 2019 ; Conference Date: 10 June 2019
Available from: 2019-10-02 Created: 2019-10-02 Last updated: 2019-11-12Bibliographically approved

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