Effects of combining product-centric control and direct digital manufacturing: The case of preparing customized hose assembly kits

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  • Chalmers University of Technology
  • Tampere University of Technology


The case study presents the effects of combining product-centric control and direct digital manufacturing (DDM) in the preparation of customized assembly kits. The theoretical contribution of the paper is in describing a combinatorial innovation in operations and production management: how to use product-centric control to make DDM highly efficient when there are many generic and partly generic production resources. Evidence is found of many beneficial outcomes such as waste reduction, simplified planning, and improved customer responsiveness for the case of preparing customized assembly kits for hydraulic hoses.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)82-94
Number of pages13
JournalComputers in Industry
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Case study, Design science approach, Direct digital manufacturing, Kitting, Make-to-order, Planning simplification, Product centric control

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