Global Truck Production - The Importance of Having a Robust Manufacturing Preparation Process
Paper in proceeding, 2016

Global production networks (GPN) are generally hard to manage due to spread of processes and systems. The amount of product variants adds to the complexity. This study, based on interviews and questionnaires, shows an improvement possibility by standardizing the process for preparing assembly work instructions on a global level. Furthermore, several factors that are negatively affected by not having a standard implemented are identified. The empirical findings suggest that a standardized manufacturing preparation process could improve knowledge and information transfer within a GPN. A standardization of the manufacturing preparation process would also decrease diversification in terms of double work and possibility to simplify infrastructure and to reduce the amount of support systems used.


manufacturing systems


production planning

global manufacturing


Pierre Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Frida Delin

Volvo Group

Sofie Jansson

Volvo Group

Lena Moestam

Volvo Group

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (ISSN)

Vol. 57 631-636

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Areas of Advance




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