The need of flexibility in today’s industry: A case study of variant management in a Product Lifecycle Management system and production system
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Production engineering (MPPEN), MSc
In today’s industry, it is important to have production systems which are adapted to the companies’ aims and to acknowledge how the production system can create value for the customers. Customers require customised products to fulfil their needs and the demand of such products are increasing. The project, Smarta Fabriker, has developed a new demonstrator, with the purpose to introduce variant management in their product to enable a flexible production. This master thesis investigates how a flexible production can be achieved and how variant management in production and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM)-system can improve flexibility. To investigate variant management in a PLM-system, ENOVIA from Dassault Systèmes was utilised. The performed thesis shows the importance of flexibility in the industry to be competitive in today’s market, where flexibility needs to be aligned and included in an organisation’s strategy. It shows utilising a PLM-system can result in a collaborative environment, creating a red thread throughout an organisation to work with customised products. ENOVIA provided the ability to visualise and overview the product’s content and to illustrate customer demand’s impact on the product. It enabled product configurations suited for different customer segments and their needs to be offered. Modularisation is identified to reduce the amount of unique articles and minimise the need of warehousing. Evaluating profitability of product variants and how entering new markets affect the profitability are identified as challenges when utilising variant management. Challenges with modularisation and product variety’s impact on the production flow have also been identified.
3DEXPERIENCE, ENOVIA, flexible production, product lifecycle management , variant management