Purpose and goal
The main idea of the LEAD project was to adopt a ´lean´ approach to the development of automation and embrace the LPD (lean product development) principles to these processes. The project had both industrial, scientific and academic goals. It improved industrial skills and working methods, created new knowledge in the area of strategic production development and spread the new knowledge through numerous publications.
Expected results and effects
The project has had an impact on both industry and academia. Besides the industrial projects, methodology development, academic degrees, academic publications and the impact on undergraduate education, a handbook for ´Lean automation development´ has been developed that summarizes the project results. By raising the issue of production technology development, and link the Economy, Strategy, Process and Technology, the role of production development has been strengthened, both in the participating companies and hopefully in academia and industry in general.
Planned approach and implementation
The project was based on different elements: - Interviews and document-based state-of-the-art analysis of industrial automation development. - Literature review of production strategy, automation development and development processes. - In-depth case studies in which researchers actively participated in industry cases, for development and verification. - Project-common workshops on specific topics. - Undergraduate studies and theses for data collection and focused studies. - Result and knowledge dissemination through workshops, seminars and publications.