Produce the Wood Revolution: Creating a production system and layout design for wind turbine towers
Examensarbete för masterexamen
The wind turbine industry is firing on all cylinders and with an expanding market several new companies wants to take part. One such company is Modvion AB (Modvion) who is a start-up company with a different approach that makes them stand out from the rest. Modvion specialises in building wind turbine towers using laminated veneer lumber (LVL) as the primary material, as opposed to the conventional material choice of steel. Furthermore, Modvion uses a unique modular tower design, further distinguishing them from their competitors as this design makes transportation easier, allowing Modvion to build towers at sites other manufacturers can’t reach. In order to capitalise on the expanding market, Modvion has to create their first production system, meaning that a production facility needs to be designed. This thesis presents possible solutions for how the processes within the production system can be performed, as well as a possible layout of the facility. Through the results from the project, some conclusions can be drawn. Firstly, the product design has a large impact on the performance and complexity of the production system. Secondly, the future demand that is intended to be met by the new plant needs to be as accurate as possible, so that the risk of designing a either too high or too low production capacity for the facility can be minimised. This is further evident by the demand being the biggest factor when choosing the production layout, thus, affecting the entire dynamics of the production system. Finally, the level of automation within the facility needs to be aligned with the overall manufacturing strategy set by Modvion, in order to maximise the benefits while minimising the drawbacks of automation.
Wind Turbine Tower, Production System, Production Layout, Automation , Laminated Veneer Lumber