Master thesis: Digitalization in the CNC manufacturing industry

Sandvik Coromant in Sandviken, Sweden offers a Master thesis position on how the manufacturing industry (CNC) can benefit from digitalization (IIot 4.0).

Sandvik Coromant is a world-leading manufacturer of tools and tooling systems for advanced industrial metal cutting, including solutions for digital manufacturing. Customers are found in, for example, the areas of aerospace, automotive and general engineering.

Background and scope of the project

At Sandvik Coromant we have defined theories and best practices to achieve the wanted results from a workpiece to a final component.

This thesis work aims to investigate how the manufacturing (CNC) industry can benefit from digitalization (IIot 4.0), i.e. where does the digital journey begin, what phases the industry needs to pass through and what entry-level products are offered and what possible entry-level products could be developed based on unmet needs today.

Work description

The work should be presented both from a general perspective, but also from a number of user’s perspectives. The user perspective will form the basis for how to design a digital offer that helps customers in the manufacturing (CNC) industry to "find the right way" in the digital journey – from the first steps to becoming more advanced over time.

The work includes both external and internal input.

The work will result in an evaluation model that shows where the CNC company is on the Industry 4.0 journey. The model should be used to support sales of digital products and the result should also be able to be presented to the customer and the various users. The model shows where our existing offers fit in and any gaps that should be covered with new entry-level products.

The user perspectives to be investigated and described are:

  • Machine operator (User)
  • Production Technicians (Users)
  • Production Manager (Buyers, Users)

Student background

Students from technical and engineering universities are eligible for this thesis project.

At Sandvik Coromant, we believe that diversity of experience, perspective and background leads to a better environment for our employees, our business and our customers. We’re looking forward to meeting you!


The thesis project is a 30-point work. It lasts from the startup at the end of January and then over February-May with a presentation of the work the first week of June. The thesis work report shall be provided by the end of June at the latest.

Contact persons and application

For more information about the thesis program or to apply, please contact:

Janni Weber, phone: +46 70 570 56 26

Mikael Larsson, phone:+46 70 245 10 17

The selection is done continuously. Please send us your application as soon as possible, but no later than 24 January 2020.

Read more about Sandvik Coromant at the website