Smart assembly instructions – thesis project

Manual assembly still accounts for a very large proportion of the work carried out in the manufacturing industry. Clearly described assembly instructions are essential in order to give operators the right support to do their jobs smartly and efficiently. Digitalisation enables the use of film and AR, for example, to support the operator, which is the subject of this thesis project.

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Fredrik Svensson and Niclas Busck, who undertook a thesis project.

As part of the Smart Factories Project, the thesis entitled Assembly Instructions for the Swedish Manufacturing Industry of the Future (30 credits) developed and evaluated three different types of assembly instructions linked to digitalisation: text and image, video and augmented reality.

The assembly instructions were tested in experiments in order to obtain the differences in time for completion of an assembly, achieving product quality as well as gaining acceptance by experienced operators. The instructions have also been improved individually through the use of available literature. The experiment concluded that video instruction is best understood, and therefore recommended to be used in regard to inexperienced operators, in this case for assembly of VR glasses.

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To the left is the unassembled VR cardboard together with the lenses, with the intended finished product on the right.
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The assembly station used in Smart Factories in which the operator can choose between different types of instructions.


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This article is categorised as Advanced  |  Published 2017-08-23  |  Authored by Åsa Fast-Berglund