Data and Information Handling in Assembly Information Systems – A Current State Analysis
Paper in proceedings, 2017

Products become more complex as the general technology development reaches new levels. These new technologies enable manufacturing companies to offer better products with new functionalities to their customers. Complex products require adequate manufacturing systems to cope with changing product requirements. In general, manufacturing of this type of products entails complex structured and rigid IT systems. Due to the system’s complexity and comprehensive structure, it becomes challenging to optimize the information flow. There are improvement potentials in how such systems could be better structured to meet the demands in complex manufacturing situations. This is particularly true for the vehicle manufacturing industry where growth in many cases has occurred through acquisitions, resulting in increased levels of legacy IT systems. Additionally, this industry is characterized by high levels of product variety which contributes to the complexity of the manufacturing processes. In manual assembly of these products, operations are dependent on high quality assembly work instructions to cope with the complex assembly situations. This paper presents a current state analysis of data and information handling in assembly information systems at multiple production sites at a case company manufacturing heavy vehicles. On basis of a certain set of characterizing manual assembly tasks for truck, engine and transmission assembly, this work focuses on identifying what data that is used in manufacturing engineering processes and IT systems to produce assembly work instructions. This work aims to identify gaps in the information flow between manufacturing engineering and shop floor operations.

Manual assembly

IT systems

Assembly information systems

Complexity

Manufacturing engineering

Author

Pierre Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Martin O. Enofe

Moritz Schwarzkopf

Lennart Malmsköld

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Lena Moestam

Procedia Manufacturing

2351-9789 (eISSN)

Vol. 11 2099-2106

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Areas of Advance

Production

DOI

10.1016/j.promfg.2017.07.335

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5/30/2018