Opportunities for robotic automation in wood product industries: The supplier and system integrators' perspective
Journal article, 2017

In this study the opportunities for automation in the poorly automated wood product industry are highlighted. This is accomplished by conducting a qualitative interview study of suppliers and system integrators for industrial robots active in this particular industry sector. Five case companies are chosen in order to explore the unique dimensions responsible for successful automation implantation in wood product companies. Results show that a low understanding of automation opportunities, unclear requirements specifications and small production volumes are the main problems for suitable automation solutions. Although wood is a fragile and changeable material, existing technology allows its manipulation with industrial robots.

wood product industry

industrial robotsupplier perspective


system integration


Steffen Landscheidt

Linnaeus University, Växjö

Mirka Kans

Linnaeus University, Växjö

Mats Winroth

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Procedia Manufacturing

2351-9789 (eISSN)

Vol. 11 233-240

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Areas of Advance




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