Framtagning av metod för artikelpresentation i materialfasad : Developing workmethod for continous update of items presented in materials exposure
Purpose– The purpose of this study is to develop a work method to be used by manufacturing companies that are interested in updating which items that should be presented in the materials exposure. To fulfill the purpose an investigation has been conducted to decide which aspects are important to consider and how the aspects can be used to determine which items that should be presented in the materials exposure.
Methodology– To fulfill the purpose of the study, the method has been based on an abductive approach where theory has been layered with empiricism. The main method within this study has been a case study at Volvo Powertrain AB in Skövde with a materials exposure as the analytical unit. Empirical data has been collected through interviews, observations and document studies within Power-trains Enterprise Resource Planning system. Collected empirical data has been analyzed against the theoretical framework and has thus created the result of the study.
Findings– The study has initially resulted in five aspects that could be used as a base for an update regarding the items to be presented in a materials exposure. The identified aspects are annual consumption, internal transport, external packaging, quantity per packaging and usage per end product. Further findings within the study show that the aspects can be used as a base for an ABC analysis in which the items are divided into three classes based on how often an item is consumed. This means that where the item is presented will change depending on which class that the item has been divided into. Lastly, guidelines have been established for the work method to continuously update which items that should be presented in the materials exposure.
Implications - This study provides a work method to be used in an update of the items to be presented in a materials exposure. Businesses that are interested in using the developed work method should regard the aspects from a critical point of view, this because the developed aspects are not essential for all businesses. Further, it is important to ensure that necessary data is available for the work method.
Research limitations - A limitation of the study is related to the empirical data collected through the case study. To increase the validity about the aspects that have been identified, these aspects should have been tested in several case companies. Due to limitations in time this has not been possible to perform.
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