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Start of Production in Low-Volume Manufacturing Industries:

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Conference/Workshop Paper


Advances in Production Management Systems




Reducing disturbances during start of production of new products is of high importance to assure that products reach the market on-time with the intended quality and volume. Therefore, identification and elimination of sources of such disturbances is necessary. Since the literature about such disturbances in low-volume manufacturing industries are limited, this paper is aimed to identify the common sources of such disturbances and the possible solutions to mitigate them in low-volume manufacturing industries. A multiple-case study has been con-ducted to achieve this aim. The results show that main sources of disturbances are lack of opportunities to test and refine products, considering the production sys-tem “as is” and putting extensive focus on product functionality rather than its manufacturability. Moreover, using the knowledge and experiences from produc-tion of previous similar products is identified as a source of learning and com-pensation for lack of opportunities for test and refinement.


author = {Siavash Javadi and Jessica Bruch},
title = {Start of Production in Low-Volume Manufacturing Industries: },
editor = {Umeda, S., Nakano, M., Mizuyama, H., Hibino, H., Kiritsis, D.},
month = {September},
year = {2015},
booktitle = {Advances in Production Management Systems},
publisher = {Springer},
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