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Product and Production Development

The Product and Production Development research group creates knowledge on the renewal and development of products and production systems. The research is based on an integrated development where many stakeholders' and time perspectives are balanced.



Jessica Bruch



The research concerns the design, operations and improvement of the processes for product and production development. A major part of the research performed within the Product and Production Development research group focuses on Design and Operations of the Production System where the product is realised. The production system comprises components such as premises, humans, machines, equipment and software/ICT implying the need for a holistic view when designing and operating the system.

Key themes within the group are:

  • Production Systems Development and Industrialisation. Processes, information and communication for innovation, development and improvement of flexible production systems, aligned with product development.
  • Sustainable product development and production. Methods and tools, organisation and processes to develop products with low environmental impact that contributes to economic benefit. System analysis and description models of economically, socially and environmentally sustainable production systems.
  • Digitalisation, automation and technologies. Exploitation and adoption of next-generation technologies in the production environment.

Ongoing research projects

The objective of the ARC project is to develop a set of flexible (i.e., online/blended) and modular courses on “Industrial Cybersecurity” (ICS) and "Augmented Reality for Industrial Systems" (ARIS), from introduction to advanced levels.

Project manager at MDH: Francesco Flammini

Main financing: The Swedish Knowledge Foundation

The project is about building knowledge and networks of partners in order to plan for international funded research project applications on those topics.

Project manager at MDH: Francesco Flammini

Main financing: Vinnova

Module C11 addresses the concepts of data privacy, integrity and security in the context of Industry 4.0, cyber-physical production systems and connected industry. It provides learners with basic cyber-security definitions and models as well as practical information to achieve information systems certification against international standards and regulations like ISO 27001 and GDPR.

Project manager at MDH: Francesco Flammini

Main financing: Vinnova

The project aims to improve manufacturing companies ability to manage and coordinate the digital transformation in factory networks by developing strategies and organizational structures that support and streamline the technology development. The overall goal is better utilization of new technologies and thus increased efficiency and industrial competitiveness.

Project manager at MDH: Anna Granlund

Main financing: FFI

INNOFACTURE focuses on production innovation as a strategic solution to the future challenges of the manufacturing industry.

Project manager at MDH: Anna Granlund

Main financing: KK-stiftelsen

The KTP project manager receives a market salary and the company pays half of the personnel costs. The remaining part is financed with project funds. From recruitment, through the entire project to completion, each project is ensured by a process manager from the university. The goal is to create development with the help of new knowledge, and to create exchange of knowledge between business and academia

Project manager at MDH: Anna Bird

Main financing: Region Sörmland and Region Örebro län

The goal of the research project is to develop a hardware and software modular system that allows production workers to easily build and implement simple and low-cost IoT-aided improvement solutions at the production shop floor.

Project manager at MDH: Yuji Yamamoto

Main financing: Vinnova

The aim of this project is study the impact on the production system when products start being produced, fully or partly, of mixed material parts. Parts of mixed materials are generally more expensive than traditional steel parts. To justify the expensive parts, the products must be designed in a new way.

Project manager at MDH: Magnus Wiktorsson

Main financing: Vinnova

Produktionslyftet is a Swedish national lean manufacturing initiative for small and medium sized enterprices (SMEs). Mälardalen university is the programme leader for the NUTS region of Östra Mellansverige

Project manager at MDH: Anna Bird

Main financing: Tillväxtverket, KK-stiftelsen and Vinnova

Recreate aims to develop knowledge on how to achieve efficient and economically feasible second life management solutions for EV batteries to improve the Swedish manufacturing industry' competitiveness.

Project manager at MDH: Koteshwar Chirumalla

Main financing: Knowledge Foundation

TRUSTCM aims at developing a new decision-making system based on machine learning (ML) and data analytics that can be trusted by providing meaningful explanations of the decisions made. This can be achieved either by improving the structure of the ML model or augmenting the training data with semantic explanations

Project manager at MDH: Daniel Sundmark

Increased digitalization creates completely new opportunities for speed and flexibility in the supply chains. This allows companies to collaborate with each other and with customers in completely new ways. The project focuses on data transfer between companies / organizations in a value network.

Project manager at MDH: Koteshwar Chirumalla

Main financing: Vinnova

The purpose of the TransMission project is to consolidate a competitive vehicle region by supporting relevant stakeholders in the transition to fossil-free, electric-powered transport, with a strong focus on suppliers.

Project manager at MDH: Anna Bird

Main financing: Region Sörmland, Region Örebro, Eskilstuna Municipality, Lindesberg Municipality and European Regional Development Fund

The initiative for Excellence in Production Research, XPRES, is a joint initiative between KTH, MDH and Swerea. XPRES was elected as one of two strategic initiatives within Manufacturing engineering in Sweden by the government in 2010.

Project manager at MDH: Koteshwar Chirumalla

Main financing: Governmental funding from Strategic Research Area (SRA) intiative

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