This target of this project is two-fold:

  • Firstly, to develop a method to measure and visualize current demands as a basis for back-on-track calculations and forecasting.
  • Also, to develop a method for measuring available machine capacity versus machine utilization within the Atlas Copco framework.


Tierp works is the main production facility for assembly tools within Atlas Copco Industrial Technique business area. This world-class production facility has both final assembly of tools and a machine workshop that produce key components.

The Tierp machine shop have a wide range of machine types with varying utilization patterns, shift forms and demands. Production is planned with a forecast-based cover time MRP system that nightly recalculates demands and scheduling. The combination of operational complexity and dynamic, forecast-based planning makes it difficult to define back-orders, when production is started on time, and the production needed to remove all backlog within a certain period.


This project will be considered a success if:

  1. We have a method to on material, order and production cell level can show if production is early, late or according to plan.
  2. Define the production needed on production cell level to be in line with demands and have no delayed production.
  3. Calculate machine capacity and machine utilization as per the Atlas Copco framework

Relevant educational backgrounds:

  • IT/Computer science
  • Business and administration

Level of thesis project:

  • Bachelor’s thesis
  • Master thesis

An interest in production and production planning
Good knowledge of SQL or equivalent
Additional information:
Our office is located in Tierp, Sweden. The selection process will be ongoing so if you are interested in the position, don’t hesitate to apply!
As this is a project position for studies and not an employment, it does not qualify for seeking a work permit. We can therefore only accept applications from students who are either attending Swedish universities (i.e. already have a student visa) or, if they are attending universities abroad, are EU-citizens.
Company presentation:

Great ideas accelerate innovation. At Atlas Copco Industrial Technique we team up with our customers to turn industrial ideas into smart manufacturing assembly solutions and innovative industrial tools. Our passionate people, expertise and service bring sustainable value to industries everywhere. Atlas Copco is based in Stockholm, Sweden with customers in more than 180 countries and about 37 000 employees. Revenues of BSEK 95/ 9 BEUR in 2018. For more information:

We add value wherever we do business

The Atlas Copco Group serves customers through innovative compressors, vacuum solutions, generators, pumps, power tools and assembly systems. We are a global and diverse Group of many strong brands and around 34 000 employees representing different cultures in more than 180 countries. We have a wide range of positions so whatever your interests or area of expertise, we offer interesting challenges and the opportunity to grow.

Passionate people create exceptional things. We believe in challenging the status quo, always looking for a better way. Our leading edge technology enables us to innovate for a sustainable future. We believe that people make it happen and with us you are empowered to act. Your ideas can make a real difference and contribute to the quality of life for people everywhere.

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Master or Bachelor Thesis - Machine shop capacity, planning and utilization

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