Thesis project at Emballator a sustainable experiencePosted 2022-08-30
“How can the material flow be improved and metal waste decrease?” That was the question that two students from Jönköping School of Engineering were assigned to answer in their final thesis project at Emballator in Ulricehamn.
To write a final thesis about a real case and make a difference what was made Adrian Bergström and Felix Ble Cato, former students at Industrial Engineering and Management: Sustainable Supply Chain Management at Jönköping University, interested in the project at Emballator.
The final thesis project was to map the whole way from tin plate being delivered, to production and deliveries to customers, as well as presenting improvements to be able to decrease metal waste.
“We both think that sustainability is an important matter. We think that it is important to contribute to a more sustainable future, for example by using the raw material to its full potential”, says the students.
Among the recommended solutions that was presented was continuing to have a good dialogue with suppliers and customers to be able to understand and minimize the material waste in the supply chain together. Beyond helping Emballator in Ulricehamn with an important part of the business, the project was also given a scholarship for high level of innovation.
“That was an extremely fun way to end the studies, especially after some hard times during the project. It was also fun to know that the work was appreciated of both Emballator and external persons.”
What lessons learned from the Emballator project are you bringing to your working life?
“It is a great experience where we have identified and analyzed problems and solutions, we have improved our analytical ability. Beyond that we also learnt about being a part of improvement work as well as applying various LEAN tools.”
Emballator in Ulricehamn are positive in having future thesis projects and collaborate with students.
“We are open for both internships and thesis projects. There is always something to do and it is good to get new perspectives, methods, and people”, says Ulrica Emanuelsson, Quality & Environmental Manager at Emballator Metal Group in Ulricehamn.
And how did it go with decreasing the metal waste?
“It is hard to say after this short time, but my hopes are that if we do these improvements now it will lead to decrease the waste even more”, says Ulrica.Back to news