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How can Smart Industry concepts improve existing material handling processes within automotive industry: An exploratory study at VOLVO Cars Corporation
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
University of Borås, Faculty of Textiles, Engineering and Business.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (professional degree), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Hur kan Smart Industry koncept förbättra existerande materialhantering processer inom automotivindustrin (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to understand the next generation of manufacturing in relation to material handling. The research did this by setting the question of how Smart Industry could improve existing material handling processes. Smart Industry is the term to describes what is expected to be the next generation of manufacturing. The thesis was conducted as an exploratory study which meant that it began with comprehensive literature review which was followed of an analysis of three processes within material handling at an automotive company. The observations and analysis were based on Lean philosophy.  Identified issues and challenges were then set in the context of Smart Industry to find solutions. As a result of the analysis excessive material handling and wasteful buffers was found. An example of this was physical transports of material only so the system could register its arrival. These issues were identified to affect the lead time in a negative way. Smart Industry was found to have solutions for general material handling issues such gaining higher visibility with sensors and Big Data. The major finding of this paper was the Smart Industry solutions for the identified issues within the examined processes. One of these solutions is autonomous vehicle which can reduce the transport time with 66%. The conclusion of the study was that the solutions within Smart Industry can not only be used to improve the examined processes but can be generalized over material handling. Furthermore, a growing digitalization will require that companies engage in the development of Smart Industry technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 70
Keywords [en]
Smart Industry, Supply Chain Management, Lean, Industry 4.0, Value Stream Mapping, Material Handling
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Engineering and Technology Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hb:diva-21206OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hb-21206DiVA, id: diva2:1326419
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Industriell ekonomi - Högskoleingenjör
Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-18 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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