Increased materials efficiency by new tooling solutions and business models
Purpose and goal
The project aimed to test the hypothesis: Material utilization in sheet metal forming can be increased to 75% by methods and tooling solutions that reduce the amount of scrap. Hypothesis targets have not been met in this study, but the obstacles have been identified. The technical problems identified in the project has the potential to be resolved. More difficult is to solve problems that arise within and between organizations, especially with respect to planning, regulations, contracts, and logistics.
Results and expected effects
The project resulted in new knowledge; several risks were identified that need to be addressed in order to increase material efficiency . Parts of the project result can be realized by participating companies prior to and during 2015, while other parts require new services and business models to be realized later. The conclusion is that we see potential for business within parts of this process for a number of players. A broker function for production waste needs to be established.
Approach and implementation
The project has focused mainly on analysis and creation of knowledge, by communication between different parts of the value chain. The main idea of the hypothesis: to form parasite products in one tool with large cutouts, was considered too difficult to realize, based on an initial workshop with several organizations, and after a site visit at AB Volvo´s press department in Umeå . The companies conducted their activities based on the project concept, and in one of the companies this lead to increased material utilization.