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Automation Strategies – Existing Theory or Ad Hoc Solutions?

Mats Winroth (Extern ; Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Arbetsorganisation) ; Kristina Säfsten ; Johan Stahre (Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem)
Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference of the Production and Operations Management Society (2005)
[Konferensbidrag, övrigt]

Modern manufacturing systems are often semi-automated, i.e. integrating both manual and automated operations. How, and even if, automation should be realized are often ad hoc decisions and not based on structured decision making. This paper examines three approaches towards automation decisions: top-down, bottom-up, and contingency. Top management initiates a top-down approach about automation of production. On the contrary, when the decision about automation stems from e.g. the operators, a bottom-up approach is applied. We propose a third way, the contingency approach, which links decisions regarding automation to manufacturing strategies and competitive priorities of the company. Making automation decisions is one of several decision areas that emerge as a consequence of choosing a certain type of production system. The paper discusses important factors for the success of different approaches. Different approaches are illustrated with examples from Swedish manufacturing industry.

Denna post skapades 2006-08-25. Senast ändrad 2015-02-11.
CPL Pubid: 7890


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Arbetsorganisation (2005-2006)
Institutionen för produkt- och produktionsutveckling, Produktionssystem


Industriell teknik och ekonomi

Chalmers infrastruktur