The Development of Information Transferring Processes : For managing the machine’s specification and engineering changes


The objective of this thesis is to work out the information transferring processes for managing the information flow concerning the change requests from machine’s specification and engineering perspectives. The main target is to develop efficient processes to work with the change management for the NPI projects within inter-company plants of Sandvik. The understanding of process management for mapping the information flow is derived from supply chain management. Manufacturing planning and control introduces the production environment with the major element, which impacts information delivery. Managing the changes by un-derstanding its causes, and analyzing its crucial and importance provides the basis for information transferring management. Modeling and understanding the current information transferring processes is critical for identifying the existing problems and potential risks in the process. The affection for material handling in the processes has been analyzed. The flow-charts mapped out mainly depend on the collected data from personnel interviews in different locations. The ERP system and PDM system have been studied, since ERP is for managing the BOM and PDM is for managing the changed drawing information within the processes. The development proposal is presented which is from the analysis of the current state processes and the process measurement. The main focus of the NPI projects is to have the efficient management for transferring the new products’ manufacturing and assembly to satisfy the specified market area and customer groups. The information transferring processes for managing the change requests across the three plants need to be defined and developed. Inconsonant and unstandardized processes result in messy management for the product’s assembly with improper material supply. Information sharing with reliable delivery is crucial for the information transferring processes. Standardization is the key consideration in managing the process. The involved parties’ responsibility should be identified in the process

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