A STUDY OF THE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS IN THE NORWEGIAN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
A reorganization of the production process from mainly manual to automated manufacturing and assembly is expected in the Norwegian goods producing industry in the future. Two trends that have been identified are: More effective and flexible production in typical goods production in SMEs and secondly, a high number of products/variants and low production volumes. This paper presents the results of a state-of-the-art a questionnaire survey concerning the development process in the Norwegian goods producing companies. Product and production development, structuring of development work, concepts, and evaluation are all examined. The survey is the beginning of a research project at the Research Council of Norway that will support the development towards flexible production for future automated production in Norwegian goods producing companies. The product development and production development disciplines were focused on as well as the relationship between them. The survey revealed a surprising imbalance between the two development disciplines.