Co-operative Production Planning: Dynamic Documents in Manufacturing
This case study describes the manufacturing of advanced, high-value maritime vessel equipment as an opportunistic, dynamic, knowledge-needy and collaborative process, in which planning and construction is closely integrated, rather than as a repeatable physical assembly that takes place in phases, for each of which planning is pre-hoc and pre-emptive. We assert that this is one reason that the anachronistic perspective of “documents as documentation”, contributes to actors’ conflicting views of their project. This paper examines these difficulties, offers a theoretical examination and design implications for next generation industries to consider.
KeywordsDesign and manufacturing in a collaborative setting Engineer-to-order (ETO) Lean documentation Quality IT support for industry
The financial support of VRI Møre & Norway is appreciatively acknowledged, as well as the willingness of ACC to explore this set of ideas within a project that first and foremost aimed at reducing the cost of building cranes. We would especially like to thank managers, engineers and administrators in ACC who spent extra time in meetings and dialog with the author and other researches.
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