Design of materials preparation processes

Start date 15/09/2014
End date The project is closed: 30/11/2016

​The proposed project deals with the design and choice of efficient materials preparation processes in the automotive industry. The application of materials supply principles such as kitting and sequencing is growing, which in turn increases the amount of materials preparation processes, for the purpose of the manufacturers to be able to manage the increasing variety of product models and components. However, these processes are associated with high labour cost, prevalent quality problems, and ergonomic risks in manual materials handling and the proper choice between the large amounts of principally different system designs is not guided by systematic models. Knowledge is lacking in choice of what is the appropriate materials preparation process design in different situations. Further, the quality of the outcome from the processes is difficult to measure, for which the project intends to develop methods.


The research is carried out by the research centre Northern LEAD.

Project leader
​Lennart Lundgren, Scania
Contact person

​Chalmers University of Technology

Volvo Car Corporation

AB Volvo

Scania CV

DB Schenker Logistics




Page manager Published: Mon 25 Aug 2014.