Combining internal and external manufacturing product modules
Paper in proceedings, 2014

This paper considers different ways to manufacture product modules. When all product modules are manufactured externally there is a risk for diminished activity in the design/manufacturing interface, which could result in lower capacity to upgrade products according to customers’ needs. An alternative to this could be to have some own manufacturing, though there are benefits and drawbacks to consider. Own manufacturing located nearby the product design unit brings preconditions for close collaboration and spill off effects as dissemination of manufacturing knowledge to designers and informal decision-making. Though, such informal decision channels risk to eliminate the ground for long-term improvement work.

Product modularization

Design-manufacturing relationship

Author

Jan Eklind

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Magnus Persson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Mats Winroth

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Proceedings of the 21st EurOMA Conference on Operations Management in an Innovation Economy, June 20th-25th, Palermo, Italy

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Other Mechanical Engineering

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Innovation and entrepreneurship

Areas of Advance

Production

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Created

10/8/2017