Modularization – Enabler for Shop Floor Involvement in Improvement and Development

Abstract : The introduction of modules and product platforms implies a strategy where the scope should encompass not a single product, but a family or an assortment of products. Instead of searching for "an optimal design for an optimal product", the objective should be to create a flexible product design, allowing product variations without requiring changes in the overall product design every time a new variant is introduced. This flexibility in product design and customization has been regarded as a feasible way for leisure boat manufacturers in high-cost countries like Norway to be competitive in the increasingly tougher conditions of the leisure boat market. The incremental development process that we often find in e.g. craft manufacturing, which leisure boat manufacturing can be seen as, is well suited for modularization. A way to introduce a module-based product architecture could be to identify key parts of the products – parts, systems or components that enable the development of modules. This paper describes how modularization makes it easier to address improvement and development in the company. This paper also reports how the focus modularization enabled profound involvements from employees that reduced barriers to change. This, over time, also challenged the traditional “craftsmen culture” into a more change-oriented and proactive culture at shop floor level.
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Christos Emmanouilidis; Marco Taisch; Dimitris Kiritsis. 19th Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2012, Rhodes, Greece. Springer, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-397 (Part I), pp.250-261, 2013, Advances in Production Management Systems. Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services. 〈10.1007/978-3-642-40352-1_32〉
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Bjørnar Henriksen, Lars Skjelstad, Eva Seim, Carl Røstad. Modularization – Enabler for Shop Floor Involvement in Improvement and Development. Christos Emmanouilidis; Marco Taisch; Dimitris Kiritsis. 19th Advances in Production Management Systems (APMS), Sep 2012, Rhodes, Greece. Springer, IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology, AICT-397 (Part I), pp.250-261, 2013, Advances in Production Management Systems. Competitive Manufacturing for Innovative Products and Services. 〈10.1007/978-3-642-40352-1_32〉. 〈hal-01472250〉

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