Behavioural medicine, health and living habits

Biomedical Engineering

Care, Recovery & Health

Certifiable Evidences & Justification Engineering

Data Communication

Ecocritical Forum and Ecocritical Comparative Literature


Information Design

Learning and Optimisation

Product and Production Development


Ubiquitous Computing

Karakuri IoT step 2

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. We call this simple and low-cost kazien enhanced by such a modular system as “Karakuri IoT”. The modular system, if realized, is expected to contribute to kaizen activities at the shop floor in various ways.



Planned completion


Main financing


Collaboration partners

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Eskilstuna Elektronikpartner AB, Microsoft Sverige, Seco Tools och Volvo Construction Equipment AB.

Project manager at MDH

Doctoral Student

Yuji Yamamoto



Description of the project

Examples are; realizing simple and low-cost automation especially related to information handling and decision support, empowering production workers by using their creativity and making their own IoT-aided improvement solutions, enhancing the workers’ learning and acceptance of utilizing IoT in production in a bottom-up manner, and supporting small-start implementation of IoT in production. Those benefits are relevant to large companies but also highly relevant to SMEs. The project is driven by one university and two research institutes, namely Mälardalen University, RISE SICS Västerås, and Swerea IVF. It is conducted with close cooperation with large companies and SMEs, such as Volvo Construction Equipment, Seco Tools, Elekttronikpartner, and Mälarplast.