Projects

The research conducted within the research programmes and initiatives in product and production development continuously results in new projects and findings. The projects are run in collaboration between universities, institutes and companies with great importance for Swedish industry. Here you can read more about ongoing and completed projects.

Digital innovation for railway production value chains

2019-2019

Production2030, Rail, Value Chain

makeITrail is concerned with developing new methods and technologies to further integrate the value chain of railway manufacturing in Sweden. It aims to strengthen the supplier-producer-consumer relationship and connect local suppliers internationally. The project focuses on several strength areas in Produktion2030, like flexible production, virtual production, integrated product development, and resource efficient production. These areas link to the agenda of sustainable development 2030; in specific, “industry, innovation, and infrastructure” goal, and “responsible production and consumption”. The consortium consists of: Bombardier Transportation, HiTest, DELTA Development Technology AB, Mälardalen University, and the Research Institutions of Sweden.

Digital value chain for geometry data management (DigiGeo)

2019-2019

geometrical inspection data, tolerance management, Variation simulation, Visualization

Increased digitalization brings new possibilities for Swedish manufacturing companies. This project focuses on what data are needed to feed assembly variation simulation and how this data can be captured and stored efficiently and effectively. The project contributes to increased geometrical quality. The technical value chain from part inspection, to extraction of relevant data, storage of data, usage of data in variation simulation (as a digital twin) and to visualization of simulation results as decision support will be covered. This has the potential to replace prototypes/test series and saves cost, time and reduces the environmental impact.

Effective construction of sandwich structures for energy efficient personal transportation

2017-2020

Cost Effective Manufacturing, Fiber composite, Sandwich

The transition from conventional to electric power lines creates many challenges, but also opens up new possibilities for component packing and design of load bearing structures as well as new manufacturing methods. The project aims to exploit opportunities with sandwich construction to reduce weight and hence the energy consumption for propulsion; reduce heat losses and hence energy consumption for climate change and to reduce manufacturing costs using new manufacturing concepts, rational assembly and new construction technology.

Enabling REuse, REmanufacturing and REcycling Within INDustrial systems (REWIND)

2019-2022

Circularity, Eco-efficiency, Recycling, Remanufacture, Reuse

The REWIND project combines the principles of lean production and eco-efficiency in three industry pilots at Stena Recycling, Volvo AB and IKEA GreenTech. The objective is to retain the value embedded in materials with circular strategies (reuse, remanufacture, recycle, repurpose, etc.). Lessons learnt from the pilots will be used to develop educational tools for engineers and industry leaders to accelerate the uptake of best practices for circularity and sustainable production.

HJT-Hybrid Joining Test bed for smart production

2017-2020

Assembly, FDS, Gluing, Hybrid Joint, Mechanical Joining

Hybrid joints, combination of gluing and mechanical joining are highly demanded where several materials are to be used and assembled. HJT therefore focuses on the smart factory's ability to create flexible production with simulation and programming in a digital twin that combines the latest technology for bonding, assembly and mechanical joining, rheology based simulation and automated collision-free planning. The projects goal is to focus on the whole hybrid joining process and to establish a testbed for hybrid joining as a resource for Swedish Industry.

Humle – Human Perspective, Machine-Learning ERP-systems

2019-2019

Digitalization, Flexible production

This project aims to contribute to the development of future ERP-systems. The project will explore how to offer work, redefine work roles and challenge companies to make use of advanced systems support and the technology within and around these. Overall, the project aims to contribute to the development of both the next generation of ERP-systems and a complementary change in the way firms see upon work organization, so that technology can support and meet the needs of the humans within organisations rather than enforcing structures upon them.

Infrastructure for Digitalization enabling industrialization of Additive manufacturinG – IDAG

2019-2019

Additive Manufacturing, Digital Platform, Industrialisation, Industrialisation

IDAG aim to identify gaps and propose actions for the digital infrastructure necessary to industrialize additive manufacturing technologies. Actors from a new type of value chain of manufacturing companies – from powder to product – collaborate with digital solution providers and researchers to understand the needs and articulate the necessary actions through analysis of industrial cases. The target is to deliver a description in the form of a roadmap for how these actions can be developed and provided in order to ensure flexible and scalable digital platforms for additive manufacturing value chains.

Secure Shortcut (See Cut)

2019-2019

Circular production systems and maintenance, Resource-efficient production

SeeCut focuses on cost-efficient production systems for secure collection, analysis, visualization, storage and sharing of production data. The project addresses the integration of new signals and sensors. For advanced products, like jet engine components, collecting data during manufacturing and usage is essential for quality assurance and remanufacturing. The project goals are to identify key technical requirements related to production data for use in digitalized value chains, define means to ease the run-time integration of new signals and data streams from manufacturing machinery and sensors, and define how to securely and cost-efficiently share data through the value chains in circular production.

Sensible Value Chain: Material Flows, Roles and Circular Economy – SCARCE

2019-2019

Circular Economy, Digitalization, Value Chain

SCARCE will investigate the needs, possibilities and obstacles in value chains up- and down-stream from a focal SME company. SCARCE will explore what data to measure and visualize, and how this data can enable more automated execution, as well as, more dynamic and proactive planning of production capacity and material flows across the companies in the value chain. In addition, we will study organizational capabilities, especially the future human role, for implementing and managing in a digital and data-driven value chain.

Valid Life

2019-2019

Artificial Intelligence, Lifecycle engineering, Maintenance, Product Service System (PSS), Production

The objective is to bring together expertise from AI and LCE to Product/Service Systems for Swedish manufacturing firms in a multidisciplinary research effort to utilise latest techniques efficiently for Swedish production industry. The goal is to make a plan of developing demonstrators in production and maintenance using artificial intelligence techniques, digital technologies and lifecycle engineering methods

Virtual PaintShop – Simulation of Oven Curing

2016-2019

Simulation

The paintshop is often a bottleneck in production and the processes are fine-tuned based on testing on numerous prototypes. To meet the future demands there is a great need to improve the product preparation process. The aim is to develop methods, techniques and software, and supporting measurement methodology, for simulation of paint curing in IR and convective ovens. The goal is to assist the industry to further develop and optimize their surface treatment to be more energy and cost efficient; to have a shorter lead time in product development; and to give a higher product quality. The aim is that the commissioning time for the oven curing processes of new models is reduced by 25%. Furthermore, the environmental impact will be reduced since significantly less prototypes need to be physically tested, and the process optimization aims to reduce the energy requirement in the ovens by 10%. A more uniform curing will improve product quality, reduce thermal deformation and stresses, and also yield a better work environment.

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