Companies have to be innovative in the trinity of product development, manufacturing systems, and business, however; the weak link in this trinity seems to be manufacturing systems. Researchers and industry have seen a contradiction between LEAN and automation. The hypothesis in this research is that the right combination of LEAN and Automation can be a very competitive solution that combines the flexibility of human operators with the high precision, productivity, and endurance of automation by e.g. robotics. The manufacturing equipment has to be adaptable and reconfigurable to new situations. The key words are simplification, effectiveness and user-friendliness at the shop floor. This concept is based on simple and adaptable hybrid solutions which the authors believe can be the right solution to also handle the increasing complexity .A new order management concept has been introduced, where skilled employees are able to pull and receive orders from a distributed IT system, communicate with suppliers and customers, and schedule operations. The research and implementation has been performed with global Danish companies like LINAK, STRECON and LEGO, but the idea is that the concept will be distributed around the world to obtain decentralized production units close to the local customers and suppliers.
Lean Automation Adaptable and Reconfigurable Production