This book of proceedings contains papers accepted for the 10th Swedish Production Symposium (SPS2022), hosted by the School of Engineering Science, University of Skövde, Sweden, and held at the ASSAR Industrial Innovation Arena in Skövde on April 26–29 2022. The overall theme of SPS2022 is “Industry 5.0 Transformation – Towards a Sustainable, Human-Centric, and Resilient Production”. This corresponds with the vision of the European Commission on the future of manufacturing, which focuses on stakeholder value, reinforces the contribution of industry to society, enhances the wellbeing of workers and respects planetary boundaries.
Behind the Swedish Production Symposium (SPS), stands the Swedish Production Academy (SPA). SPA was founded in 2006. The vision of SPA is: To drive and develop production research and higher education in Sweden and to increase national cooperation in research and education within the production area (see https://swedishproductionacademy.se). The Swedish Production Symposium (SPS) was held for the first time in August 2007, in Gothenburg, Sweden. Since that first symposium, the purpose of SPS has been to facilitate an event at which the affiliated institutions of SPA members and any participants from the industry and academia with an interest in topics related to production research and education can meet to exchange ideas. Based on the understanding that successful product realization requires collaboration between product development and production, SPS2022 is jointly organized in Sweden by SPA and the Product Development Academy (PDA) (see https://www.productdevelopmentacademy.se), following the practice begun at SPS2020, which was hosted by Jönköping University.
The book contains the 69 papers accepted for presentation at the symposium, and is divided into ten sections that reflect the topics of SPS2022:
- Resource-efficient production
- Flexible production
- Humans in the production system
- Circular production systems and maintenance
- Integrated product and production development
- Industrial optimization and decision-making
- Cyber-physical production systems and digital twins
- Innovative production processes and additive manufacturing
- Smart and resilient supply chains
- Linking research and education
Also included are three sections covering the Special Sessions at SPS2022, each of which is described below.
Special Session 1: Artificial Intelligence and Industrial Analytics in Industry 4.0. Chaired by: Sunith Bandaru and Amos H.C. Ng, School of Engineering Science, University of Skövde, Sweden. With the Industry 4.0 vision, the collection and comprehensive evaluation of data from many different sources – production equipment and systems as well as enterprise – and customer-management systems becomes standard to support real-time decision-making. The importance of sophisticated Industrial Analytics (IA) and Big Data will continue to increase in order to transform data into knowledge and insights. Artificial intelligence (AI) is a disruptive technology and one of the main drivers of advanced industrial developments. AI is at the centre of the smart factory, and efficient processing of the exponentially growing volume of data would not be possible without it. Over time, AI will gradually be implemented in almost every aspect of industrial operations. As we see it, AI will not replace humans, but will enhance them. By combining the power of the human brain and the artificial brain, we can create a real game-changer. This special session will collect the contributed and invited papers related to IA and AI in manufacturing. Presentations from any ongoing projects and/or Ph.D. studies associated with IA and AI are particularly welcome.
Special Session 2: Development of resilient and sustainable production systems. Chaired by: Kristina Säfsten and Kerstin Johansen, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden. Resilience and sustainability are essential requirements for competitive manufacturing in the future. Sustainability was identified as a megatrend more than a decade ago. We take a triple bottom-line perspective and include social, economic, and environmental aspects in relation to the production system. Furthermore, in the wake of the Covid 19 pandemic, the need for resilient production systems –meaning production systems with the ability to change or adapt during times of stress, disruption, or uncertainty – has become evident. To be competitive, the quest for profitability cannot be neglected but must be considered in parallel. It is well-known that it is during the development of a production system that we have the best opportunity to create the abilities requested of it. During this special session we will focus on the development of resilient and sustainable production systems; systems that contribute to profitability and a competitive position for the manufacturing company. We welcome papers that elaborate on how this can be done. Focus may be on the production system development process, the balance between the different requirements, the content and design of such a production system, required production technologies, relevant competitive priorities, and other related aspects.
Special Session 3: Boundary crossing and boundary objects in product and production development. Chaired by: Paraskeva Wlazlak, School of Engineering, Jönköping University, Sweden. Managing specialized knowledge across boundaries is a key challenge for today’s manufacturing companies. Companies must have the ability to adapt their products and production systems swiftly to new and quickly changing requirements. Integration and the boundaries between product and production development addressed from a knowledge perspective are the focus of this special session. This session aims to explore how engineers dealing with product and production development devise and use means and mediators to support boundary-crossing knowledge integration in product and production development. One way to support knowledge integration is through boundary objects; a potential concept still underdeveloped in product and production development. Boundary objects provide a means of representing, learning about or transforming knowledge to deal with the consequences of differences and dependencies at the boundary between two specialized knowledge domains. Boundary objects are contextual, i.e., they are not effective in all contexts and are dependent on the boundary that must be negotiated. It is well known that there is variable complexity at a boundary, and that this requires boundary objects with different characteristics to support knowledge integration across the boundary. We especially welcome contributions to this special session that delve into design and the use of boundary objects to support boundary crossing and knowledge integration between product and production development. Successful and less successful examples are both valuable. Furthermore, we welcome contributions which explore the contextual factors affecting the use of boundary objects in product and production development.
We would like to thank:
- the authors of all papers
- the members of the Scientific Committee who assisted with the review of the papers submitted and presented at the symposium
- the session chairs
- the keynote speakers: Jenny Elfsberg – Head of innovation management at Vinnova; Henric Johnson – Global Head of Science and Innovation at Business Sweden; Andie Zhang – Leading Collaborative Robotics at ABB; and Thomas Lezama – Vice President Digital Engineering at Volvo Group Trucks Technology for sharing their experiences
- Production 2030, Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, and The Knowledge Foundation for their support
- IOS Press and editor-in-chief Josip Stjepandić for agreeing to publish the SPS2022 proceedings in the book series Advances in Transdisciplinary Engineering (ATDE)
- and last but not least, everyone who has contributed to the realization of the symposium.
We are grateful for your attendance and contribution to a successful SPS2022.
Organizing committee of SPS2022
Amos H.C. Ng (Chair)
Anna Syberfeldt (Co-chair)
Dan Högberg (Co-chair)
Magnus Holm (Co-chair, admin. and accounting)
Rena Ahmad (Admin. support)
Jill Elmshorn (Web design and management)
Pernilla Klingspor (Event organizer)
University of Skövde, Sweden