Sensible Value Chain through Digitalised Planning, Material handling and Circular Economy (SCARCE II)
Research Project, 2020 – 2022

Purpose and goal: SCARCE II will develop a demonstrator to show how SMEs and associated value flows can increase efficiency, competitiveness, sustainability and internal collaboration through digitalisation. The goal is to show the value of a new digital solution. SCARCE focuses on two subcontractors in the value chain linked to Scania and Volvo. The demonstrator is a cloud-based solution that connects three test beds in the industry; Stena Industry Innovation Lab, Chalmers, RISE IVF lab, Mölndal and KTH´s test bed in Södertälje with the help of Siemens, AFRY, Qbim, Virtual Manufacturing and EQPack. Expected results and effects: The effects identified are in three areas: supply chain planning, automation of material handling and circular economy. De KPIer identified is increased capacity 30%, increased adaptability 20%, increased process quality 15%, reduced manual handling and stress, reduced lead time 20%, increased energy efficiency 30%, reduced climate impact by 50% (from transport and material handling). Approach and implementation: Two pilots will be developed in SCARCE II: automation and material handling as well as packaging handling. These will be developed together with SMEs and parties in the project and will then be linked through the demonstrator. The work is multidisciplinary and a reference group will be invited during the project to think about partial results. Participants in the reference group are representatives from Scania, Stena Metall, Runesson (haulage) and the Digitala Stambanan.


Patrik Jonsson (contact)

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems


Bror Tonsjö AB

KOde, Sweden

EQpack AB

Eskilstuna, Sweden

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Göteborg, Sweden

Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)

Stockholm, Sweden



Project ID: 2019-05594
Funding Chalmers participation during 2020–2022


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