“Faster and better results at a lower cost"
On 1 December, there was a results conference for the JTH research project IDEAL at Science Park Towers in Jönköping.
“With these research results, we get faster and better results at a lower cost,” says Joel Johansson, Digitization Specialist at Thule, one of the industrial partners within IDEAL.
The IDEAL project focuses on integrated product and production platforms in industrial product development. It is about the balance between developing new products that customers demand in a rapid, sustainable and cost-effective way.
The project is in the final phase after almost four years. The industrial partners in the project are Fagerhult, Husqvarna, Obos, Thule and YaPLM.
Guidance to increase product variety
Carl-Johan Sigfridsson, head of sustainability at OBOS, mentions that they have had difficulty achieving profitability in producing special products for customers. Through the IDEAL project, they have received guidance on how they can increase their product variety and at the same time be profitable.
New ways of thinking
Fredrik Cederholm, Head of PMO at Husqvarna, emphasizes that they have received a lot of input and new ways of thinking about what they need to improve through IDEAL. He appreciates their visits to the other companies in the project to see how they work and hear about their opportunities and challenges.
Kristin Björkman, project manager for special projects at Fagerhult, points out that through the IDEAL project they have improved their communication between the company's departments.
"We will learn even more”
Joel Johansson says that it currently requires a computational engineer to run their advanced simulations for manufacturing processes at Thule, but through IDEAL that job can now be done by a designer. In addition, they will be able to run product simulations, which they previously outsourced.
"An important trainer of our future workforce"
All of IDEAL's partner companies emphasize the benefit and value of the academic perspective they get by collaborating with JTH.
“JTH is an important educator of our future workforce and we have employed many students who have studied there. We gain valuable expertise and can then contribute new knowledge back to JTH, says Carl-Johan Sigfridsson.
“We have several collaborations with JTH, which is a very important exchange for us. We constantly receive input from JTH into our operations and the school's students contribute important skills,” says Fredrik Cederholm.
Questioned and inspired the companies
Fredrik Elgh, Professor Product Development at JTH and project manager for IDEAL, says that the project benefits the companies because the JTH researchers come in with a different angle where they have questioned, but also inspired the participants regarding questions about disciplines and boundaries within the companies.
“We have contributed to discussions and dialogues that can inspire the companies. Together we have developed specific methods and ways of working that have been tested and evaluated and, in the long run, these can be implemented to improve the companies’ operations, says Fredrik Elgh.