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User-supplier integration throughout the different lifecycle stages of the production equipment

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


Swedish Production Symposium 2014


As production equipment is often designed and built by equipment suppliers rather than made in-house, a collaborative buyer-supplier-relationship could be utilized in order to create robust solutions and enhance innovative ideas. The purpose with this paper is to explore critical user-supplier collaboration activities throughout the different lifecycle stages of the production equipment development. The purpose is accomplished by a literature review and a case study including more than 30 semi-structured interviews at four companies. The challenges vary depending on equipment life cycle phase and user/supplier perspective. A life cycle model with eight stages is proposed including critical interconnected activities for each stage.


author = {Jessica Bruch and Carin R{\"o}si{\"o} and Monica Bellgran and Anna Granlund},
title = {User-supplier integration throughout the different lifecycle stages of the production equipment},
month = {September},
year = {2014},
booktitle = {Swedish Production Symposium 2014},
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