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Digilean (2015-04509)

The project idea is to create a digitized process demonstrator software that connects Fujimotos simple and well-defined chain of procedures (problem identification, problem solving, and standardized stable solutions) to create a knowledge flow (forward) and traceability (back) in an integrated production and development environment . The aim is to support global enterprises that use digitized Lean methodology, and to increase traceability in the everyday knowledge work.

One effect of the project is that analogue tools (such as Puls, Visual Planning, A3 Problem Solving and Check Sheets), will become the digital and object-oriented. This enables positive effects in form of increased traceability, less errors, and larger organizational learning, based on deviations. The project’s expected results are software demonstrators implemented in real production settings to enable and clearly demonstrate the potential efficiencies of a digital tool chain.

The hypothesis are to create a work procedure where 1) Tools and methods to capture and visualize problems and deviations 2) Solve or escalate problems to be managed by problem solving methodologies or task forces and 3) Create and identify routines for updating sustained work instructions or methodologies (References to numbers in figure below).

The demonstrator based approach is based on identification of real production cases, at the participating companies’, where a vertical slice (a critical but limited function) is fully implemented, to enable testing and evaluation. The research approach is action-based, where researchers are working closely with the business to understand and describe the problem, implement and evaluate the demonstrators and systematize the lessons learned into new knowledge. Participating companies are Toyota Material Handling, Dentsply and Yolean.

Vis-IT (Visualization and IT in Product and Production Development) Concluded September 2015

In project visit the following industrial comapanies contribute to the results. The program is financed by the Vinnova FFI program and Volvo is coordinating the efforts.

Lean PD has focused the use of visual and easy tools to support project execution and problem solving in product development. These tools are analog and efficient for co-located teams but not for global teams. Simultaneously, the virtualization of product development with advanced engineering IT supports global teams but introduces local inefficiencies. Therefore, there is a need to integrate these two trends in order to achieve processes which are efficient both globally and locally.

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