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Process layout for the production of procedure trays at Mölnlycke Health Care
2005 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The scope of this Master's Thesis was to investigate possible improvements in the production of procedure trays at Mölnlycke Health Care. The work has consisted of two parts: one concentrating on the layout around the assembly tables, the other on transport solutions and location for a future sterilization unit. For the first part we built up conditions for how to apply lean production. These changes were then tested in a pilot, and thereafter analyzed and evaluated. As expected the result was that the normal lean improvements are not directly applicable to the production of procedure trays. Improvements for this type of production should rather be done in scheduling and planning, than in time saving in production processes. Investments that first of all will lead to a decrease in direct wages are often not economically defensible in an emerging economy. The improvements to go further with are the small continuous improvements in line with kaizen. For the future sterilization unit, three location alternatives where agreed on with the corporate process management, and thereafter evaluated. Two of the alternatives was considered possible: one which will create a good material flow inside the factory, the other which in case of an accident is safer. We showed how a possible automated transport solution would look like, and what advantages that would have backwards in production and for the future competition possibilities.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, manual assembly, medical devices, lean production, surgical, process layout
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-52477ISRN: LTU-EX--05/254--SELocal ID: 99cbf535-c0a9-4dd2-8173-dd4d688760d3OAI: diva2:1025847
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Mechanical Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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