Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains

Michael Ward, Steven Halliday

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Abstract

The particular challenges associated with supply chain application of emerging manufacturing technologies are increasingly recognised in industry, academia and government. The problem is often described in terms of Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs), with the particular challenge relating to the stages between proof of concept and initial adoption in the factory environment. In the UK the government has established the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a network of manufacturing innovation centres brought together with the objective of addressing the so called ‘valley of death’ between traditional academic research and industrial needs across a broad spectrum of manufacturing process technology. This is achieved through demonstrating manufacturing technology at full scale, in factory representative environments in terms of equipment, process control and operation. This provision helps to address the key gap of full scale pre-production capability demonstration and can be seen to de-risk investment in new manufacturing technology. This paper argues that addressing this particular gap is entirely necessary but not sufficient to drive exploitation of the full potential that is available from the latest manufacturing technologies. A three dimensional readiness based framework is proposed which in addition to considerations of technology demonstration, also allows the position of the target product application in its product lifecycle, and the readiness of the supply chain to receive the technology to be taken into account as success factors in the potential for industrialisation. Case study examples, both current and historical, are used to illustrate the need for such an approach in achieving future technology enabled supply chains.

Conference

Conference23rd Computer-Aided Production Engineering (CAPE) Conference
Abbreviated titleCAPE Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityEdinburgh
Period3/11/154/11/15
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Keywords

  • technology readiness level
  • supply chain
  • technology management

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Ward, M., & Halliday, S. (2015). Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains. 1-6. Paper presented at 23rd Computer-Aided Production Engineering (CAPE) Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
Ward, Michael ; Halliday, Steven. / Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains. Paper presented at 23rd Computer-Aided Production Engineering (CAPE) Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.6 p.
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Ward, M & Halliday, S 2015, 'Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains' Paper presented at 23rd Computer-Aided Production Engineering (CAPE) Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 3/11/15 - 4/11/15, pp. 1-6.

Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains. / Ward, Michael; Halliday, Steven.

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Ward M, Halliday S. Three dimensions of readiness required to achieve future state, technology enabled manufacturing supply chains. 2015. Paper presented at 23rd Computer-Aided Production Engineering (CAPE) Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.