New Licentiate of Engineering: Pierre Johansson!

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To be able to cope with these challenges, the industry needs new tools and methods and to take advantage of the digitalization wave that has currently swept through.

Congratulations to your degree of licentiate of engineering! At the 13th April you held your licentiate seminar with the title Challenges in Global Multi-Variant Serial Production – A Study of Manufacturing Engineering Processes. Can you describe your topic?
My topic is about global production network and the continuously increasing level of product variety which makes manual assembly in the global context very complex. I have investigated how the level of product variety is affecting production quality. I have also studied how companies with an acquisition based economic growth strategy operate their global production networks and what challenges they are facing.

What do you see as the main contribution from your work?
During my work I have discovered interesting phenomenon as the struggle with finding synergies between dispersed located entities within a production network, just to mention one example. I believe that my current state analysis will contribute to the understanding of the challenges global manufacturing companies are facing as the level of customization and personalization of products on the market is increasing. To be able to cope with these challenges, the industry needs new tools and methods and to take advantage of the digitalization wave that has currently swept through.

What will your future work focus on from now on up to your PhD dissertation?
My research will continuously focus on manufacturing engineering processes and how data is handled and processes and eventually transferred and used by the operators in manual assembly. I will investigate the gap between needs from operations and what is actually accomplished from the manufacturing engineering side.

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