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Challenges of handling assembly information in global manufacturing companies
Volvo Group Trucks Operations.
University West, Department of Engineering Science, Division of Production Systems. (PTW)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0429-2237
Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden.
Volvo, Gothenburg, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, ISSN 1741-038X, E-ISSN 1758-7786Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe challenges the manufacturing industry is currently facing when developing future assembly information systems. More specific, this paper focuses on the handling of assembly information from manufacturing engineering to the shop floor operators.

Design/methodology/approach

Multiple case studies have been conducted within one case company between 2014 and 2017. To broaden the perspective, interviews with additionally 17 large and global manufacturing companies and 3 industry experts have been held. Semi-structured interviews have been the main data collection method alongside observations and web questionnaires.

Findings

Six focus areas have been defined which address important challenges in the manufacturing industry. For manual assembly intense manufacturing company, challenges such as IT challenges, process challenges, assembly process disturbances, information availability, technology and process control, and assembly work instructions have been identified and hinder implementation of Industry 4.0 (I4.0).

Originality/value

This longitudinal study provides a current state analysis of the challenges the manufacturing industry is facing when handling assembly information. Despite the vast amount of initiatives within I4.0 and digitalization, this paper argues that the manufacturing industry needs to address the six defined focus areas to become more flexible and prepared for the transition toward a digitalized manufacturing industry.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bingley, UK, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Digitization, manufacturing industry, information systems, industry 4.0, global manufacturing networks
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics Computer Systems
Research subject
Production Technology; ENGINEERING, Quality management; ENGINEERING, Manufacturing and materials engineering
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-14844DOI: 10.1108/JMTM-05-2018-0137Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076164144OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-14844DiVA, id: diva2:1385089
Projects
GAIS and GAIS 2 (Global Assembly Instruction Strategy)
Funder
Vinnova, 2016-03360
Note

The authors would like to thank the academia and companies involved in the research projects GAIS and GAIS 2 (Global Assembly Instruction Strategy). The work has been jointly carried out within Volvo Group Trucks Operations and the Production Area of Advance at Chalmers and sponsored by VINNOVA-FFI (Grant No. 2016-03360). The research activities in this paper have been designed and planned by the corresponding author and conducted in collaboration with different master theses students at Volvo Group Trucks Operations. Their contribution to the research is fully acknowledged.

Available from: 2020-01-13 Created: 2020-01-13 Last updated: 2020-01-29Bibliographically approved

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