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Product variety and upstream versus downstream flexibility
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Material Science.
2009 (English)In: Proceedings of the International 3'rd Swedish Production Symposium / [ed] Rosén, B.G., Göteborg, 2009, 304-309 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Niche market steel producers tend to manufacture a wide range of products that are sold in low quantities. Current steelmaking—continuous casting (SCC) technology forces producers to operate according to combined make–to–stock/make–to–order order policies and keep in–process inventory. This leads to intermediate cooling of workpieces, high energy consumption, and high inventory and reheating costs. This paper evaluates links between product range and process flexibility upstream and downstream form the customer order decoupling point. The operational capabilities that result from improved process flexibility make diversified low cost steel production possible. At the same time the environmental sustainability of production can be improved. The strategic importance of process flexibility improvements are discussed with reference to the concept of competitive frontiers.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Göteborg, 2009. 304-309 p.
Keyword [en]
Product variety, flexibility, steel industry, simulation
National Category
Materials Engineering
Research subject
Stålformning och ytteknik, Operativa strategier för förbättrad produktivitet vid tillverkning av rostfria band
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-4320OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:4320DiVA: diva2:522030
Conference
Swedish Production Symposium , Göteborg, December 2-3, 2009
Available from: 2009-12-04 Created: 2009-12-04 Last updated: 2014-10-06Bibliographically approved

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