Right: Jon Bokrantz with highly commended thesis on smart maintenance. Left: Supervisor Anders Skoogh
The competition reviews doctoral theses presented around the globe during the past year and gives awards to those that have demonstrated high academic excellence and strong industry impact. Jon’s thesis “Smart Maintenance – maintenance in digitalized manufacturing”
competed in the category Operations & Production Management, which was judged by the editorial board of the leading scientific journal International Journal of Operations and Production Management.
Smart Maintenance is an enabler for digitalised manufacturing
The purpose of the thesis is to ensure high performance manufacturing by means of implementing Smart Maintenance – the future of maintenance in digitalised manufacturing. To support the industry in this development, a holistic understanding of modernised and efficient maintenance is needed, along with clear descriptions and empirical measurements of Smart Maintenance in manufacturing plants. The thesis explores future scenarios for maintenance in digitalised manufacturing, describes the concept of Smart Maintenance, as well as develops and validates a measurement instrument to assess Smart Maintenance in manufacturing plants. The research has been conducted in close collaboration with industry and involved hundreds of industry experts, which has led to that the results are now extensively used to support the strategic development of manufacturing companies across the country.
— I am delighted to receive the Highly Commended Award as a recognition of my five years of hard work as a Ph.D. student. My research has always been driven by the combined pursuit of academic excellence and industrial impact, and this award will encourage me to continue on this path in both research and education. I also want to take the opportunity to thank Anders Skoogh for his inspiration and support in his role as a supervisor, as well as Cecilia Berlin and Johan Stahre for their encouragement and advice during my time as a Ph.D. student.