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Implementation of Industrie 4.0 in purchasing: a case study

Watzlawek, L.M. (2018) Implementation of Industrie 4.0 in purchasing: a case study.

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Abstract:In production and manufacturing Industrie 4.0 is increasingly known and more literature is published continuously. It is recognized that there is still a lack of attention to other activities of a company such as purchasing, while at the same time integration is highlighted as a main concern for implementation. To improve knowledge about the actual usage this research is directed at purchasing in Industrie 4.0. A case study at Scania, a multinational truck and bus fabricator was conducted to analyze the practical progress of purchasing. The qualitative data was collected from a purchasing manager and employees of the digital factory department, exploring Scania’s options for Industrie 4.0. and was then analyzed based upon a maturity model and linked to each other. It showed that while there is a clear plan of implementation for Industrie 4.0 features in manufacturing it was recognized that there is a lack of knowledge within the purchasing department and any application of Industrie 4.0 features is still at a pre-mature stage. There is a new purchasing strategy that, if fulfilled, contributes to the first stage of the smart factory vision, that is having standardized processes on a global level. However, there are no following steps planned for the purchasing department itself. On the other hand, it is visible that even without a direct application of Industrie 4.0 processes throughout the purchasing activities it still affects the purchasing department . Especially because with the application the processes are analyzed better and characteristics of a desired product can be more detailed and specific. It will be possible to improve testing of products and prediction of failures sequentially, reducing the number of errors when placing an order.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:85 business administration, organizational science
Programme:International Business Administration BSc (50952)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/75246
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