MDH researcher facilitates for industries working with small volumes

Jun 02, 2015 | Research/Cooperation

In his unique research, Siavash Javadi investigates possibilities to render product development projects more efficient in industries with small manufacturing volumes. On 29 May, he defend8ed his licentiate thesis Towards tailoring the production introduction process at Mälardalen University (MDH).


The development of a product passes different phases from the first general idea to the introduction on the market. One important phase is the production of prototypes, which often occurs during the final stages of a project, in the so-called product introduction process. Tests with prototypes can contribute to more efficient production systems, reduced manufacturing time and increased product quality. Yet not everybody has the possibility to make use of this approach.
– I work with industries that manufacture in small volumes and that cannot create prototypes, since they are often too complicated and expensive. When it comes to trains or mining machinery, it is a luxury to produce specimens just on a trial basis, says Siavash Javadi.

In his licentiate thesis, he investigates alternative solutions that can compensate for the lack of opportunities to make production systems more efficient with the help of prototypes. The factors and requirements influencing the product introduction process in connection with mass production are well understood, but so far there have not been many studies on production in small volumes.

Production in small volumes more and more common

Siavash Javadi’s research fulfils a need, as more and more companies move towards production in small volumes, and many have already shown considerable interest in his study.
– Increased competition and saturated markets imply that companies need to customize their products. When it comes to the market for cars, for example, there are many different models on offer today. That entails complicated manufacturing in small volumes, instead of mass production. Similar adaptations will become necessary in other industries, too, says Siavash Javadi.

Industries with production in small volumes will often modify existing machines rather than develop entirely new products. Siavash Javadi thus proposes a method where suggestions for improvement are based on the collection and comparison of knowledge from previous production. He hopes that alternative solutions can contribute to keeping industries in Sweden and Europe, including the employment opportunities they provide.

From theory to practice

Siavash Javadi will continue to develop his proposal in a doctoral thesis. He came to MDH in 2010 in order to embark on a master’s programme in production and logistics, after a bachelor’s degree from Iran University of Science and Technology. The decision to move to Sweden was made simple by fellow students’ warm recommendations.
– I want to continue working on a method for collecting and using information in an efficient manner so as to minimize problems in future production processes. If I have the time and opportunity, I will also test the theory in practice, says Siavash Javadi.