Sustainable impact assessment of Augmented Reality implementation at Volvo Group Truck Operation (GTO) Remanufacturing
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Gangasandra Shivakumar, Lishith Kumar
Today, the manufacturing industries are adhering to the industry 4.0 revolution and promoting to incorporate the digital technologies to their operations to enable efficient production systems. Simultaneously the industries are also progressing towards sustainability, in order to reduce the negative environmental impacts that mainly cause by the production. Reducing environmental impacts not only protects the climate but it also helps to attract more customers. It tends to motivate the customers to contribute to the environment by purchasing the products that processed in a most sustainable way. In a way, remanufacturing is considered to be one of the most sustainable methods of treating a product at its end of life. Manufacturing companies have begun to realize that products that are discarded at the end of their usage phase still have various components that can be reused instead of being recycled. The benefits of remanufacturing are that it utilizes fewer resources, less energy consumption, and reduces waste. The optimization of the remanufacturing process with the implementation of digital technologies is one of the methods to accomplish even more sustainable benefits from remanufacturing. This study aims to identify an optimal method for assessing the sustainable performance of the Volvo GTO and evaluate what will be the environmental benefits of implementing AR. This study begins by identifying the processes involved in the remanufacturing plant. By adopting the Quantitative and Qualitative approach for the project, the method to evaluate the sustainable performance of the company, and the benefits of implementing AR are obtained. By the end of the report, the readers can find the results accomplished from the study. The method and results aid the company to evaluate its sustainable performance and to identify the contribution of each process involved in the remanufacturing process to the environment. Also, the main contributor to causing the negative impacts on the environment is identified. By analyzing the several case studies of AR implementation in the remanufacturing industries, what will be the similar potential improvements that can be anticipated from the implementation of AR at Volvo are listed. The project team also suggested some significant tools for an environmental assessment for the company as recommendations.
Remanufacturing, Augmented reality (AR) , Sustainability, Environmental assessment