​New welding methods are tested using virtual reality in Stena Industry Innovation Lab.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
​Photo: Johan Bodell

Research for industrial digitalization and sustainable production

The industry is in need of renewal. The challenges of industrial digitalization and green conversion are changing the industrial landscape. Chalmers develops new resource-efficient solutions for products and future production, contributing to new theory and knowledge of smart and competitive factories where people and robots work side by side.

Sustainable production is an important key to a sustainable society. Chalmers focus is on optimizing concepts to help companies produce better products faster and with less resources. Chalmers research in production generates knowledge and tools in modeling, simulation and optimization, combined with support for decision making in close collaboration with industry. 
3D printed objects

Our research makes Chalmers a leader in industrial digitization
​(in, for example, connected industry, digital twins, digital threads and automation), process modeling, additive manufacturing (3D printing) and sustainable production. Creating added value and optimizing information flows are connected with manufacturing technologies as well as products, factories, automation solutions and a good working environment in the future.

Image: 3D printed objects by the Chalmers centre for additive manufacture - metal, CAM2, a centre hosted by Production Area of Advance. Photo: Carina Schultz.

Our research profile areas

The production area is facing major transformations where industrial digitalization, the development of circular economics, new materials and new manufacturing methods will require new ideas. The research we are now focusing on is based on the competence areas of manufacturing processes, production systems and product development and addresses challenges related to the current profile areas:

Scalable and robust manufacturing processes

Digital product and process development

Digitalized production systems

Production in a circular economy​

Close cooperation with industry

Production research at Chalmers stands out internationally as a result of our close cooperation with industry. Our strength is a deep understanding of factors affecting the industry, such as costs, quality, time, globalization, service fusion and sustainability. An additional advantage is our ability to conduct research on industrial sectors and scientific areas, including cooperation between competing companies. This is very unusual from a global perspective!​


Inspection preparation and off-line programming, successful implementation on Volvo Cars via Wingquist Laboratory

Inspection preparation and off-line programming are examples of successful implementation of research. Courtesy of​​ Volvo Cars and Wingquist Laboratory.


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