Effects of combining product-centric control and direct digital manufacturing: The case of preparing customized hose assembly kits
Journal article, 2016

The case study presents the effects of combining product-centric control and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) in the preparation of customized assembly kits. The theoretical contribution of the paper is in describing a combinatorial innovation in operations and production management: how to use productcentric control to make DDM highly efficient when there are many generic and partly generic production resources. Evidence is found of many beneficial outcomes such as waste reduction, simplified planning, and improved customer responsiveness for the case of preparing customized assembly kits for hydraulic hoses.

Planning simplification

Design science approach

Direct digital manufacturing

Product centric control



Case study


Jouni Lyly-Yrjänäinena

Tampere University of Technology

Jan Holmström

Aalto University

Mats Johansson

Chalmers, Technology Management and Economics, Supply and Operations Management

Petri Suomalaa

Tampere University of Technology

Computers in Industry

0166-3615 (ISSN)

Vol. 82 82-94

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Other Mechanical Engineering

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