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PhD defense by Daniel Grud Hellerup Sørensen: Developing Manufacturing System Platforms


15.11.2019 kl. 10.00 - 13.00



As collections of standardised assets, forming a structure from which a stream of derivative systems can be developed, platforms dictate which features of a product or system can be changed to achieve the desired variety and function. For manufacturers, manufacturing system platforms are a way to achieve manufacturing systems capable of changing according their needs, accelerating new product introduction and development of new manufacturing systems. They represent a consolidation of existing production facilities, and the definitive place to start when a new production development task is undertaken. Developing and implementing these manufacturing system platforms remains a challenging task.

To address issues within manufacturing system platform development, a design science framework is employed to develop and apply new and existing vocabulary, classifications, models, methods and instantiations. Inspiration is taken from product development, software architecture, and system engineering, using concepts from all three to grow the knowledge base on manufacturing system platforms, applying existing and new concepts in an industrial context through a series of case studies.  

Assessment Committee:       

  • Associate Simon Bøgh (chairman), Department of Materials and Production, Aalborg University, Denmark
  • Associate professor  Arne Bilberg, University of Southern Denmark
  • Professor Mats Jackson, Jönköping University, Sweden


  • Associate Professor Thomas Ditlev Brunø, Aalborg University, Denmark


  • Associate professor Kjeld Nielsen, Aalborg University, Denmark

The PhD defense will be hosted by Moderator Associate professor, Simon Bøgh. The lecture constitutes a 45 minutes presentation by Daniel Grud Hellerup Sørensen followed by a short break and a discussion session with questions from the opponents and the auditorium.

After the defense, at approx. 13.00 hours, the Department of Materials and Production will welcome all to a reception in Fibigerstræde 14, Common Room.




Department of Materials and Production


Fibigerstræde 16, room 1.208, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark