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Automation and flexibility: An apparent or real dilemma?
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7935-8811
Mälardalens högskola, Innovation och produktrealisering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6062-2173
Swerea IVF, Mölndal, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden.
2017 (English)In: Innovative Quality Improvements in Operations, Springer-Verlag New York, 2017, p. 35-48Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

There are trade-offs between cost and capabilities throughout specification, implementation and operation of automated solutions in manufacturing companies. This chapter describes four identified dilemmas or contradictions while balancing flexibility to automation, based on an empirical study with interviews and workshop in five internationally competitive manufacturing companies. The study generated insights on experienced challenges while implementing automated solutions in manufacturing, and these apparent conflicts between automated solutions and maintaining a high operational flexibility need to be managed as manufacturing automation will continue to increase on all levels. 

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Springer-Verlag New York, 2017. p. 35-48
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International Series in Operations Research and Management Science, ISSN 0884-8289 ; 255
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-217702DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-55985-8_3Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85024495982ISBN: 978-3-319-55984-1 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-217702DiVA, id: diva2:1157369
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
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Available from: 2017-08-10 Created: 2017-11-15 Last updated: 2017-11-16Bibliographically approved

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