The Volvo Robust Engineering System: how to make robust design work in an industrial context
Journal article, 2016

The Volvo Robust Engineering System (VRES) is an adaptation of the robust design concept in an industrial context. It consists of five different principles as a basic value system, and eight practices that contribute to the implementation of system, parameter and tolerance design. VRES was developed through a learning alliance between Volvo and Chalmers University of Technology. This paper presents VRES and discusses it in relation to the literature-based robust design methodology, which has been a major inspiration for VRES development. VRES has expanded and validated the concepts previously developed in the literature by adding the elements needed for practical application.

Taguchi Methods


industrial application

product development

robust design principles

robust design practices

learning alliance


Azadeh Fazl Mashhadi

Volvo Group

Sverker Alänge

Quality Sciences

Göran Gustafsson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Product Development

Lars-Uno Roos

Karlstad University

Total Quality Management and Business Excellence

1478-3363 (ISSN) 1478-3371 (eISSN)

5-6 1-19

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Vehicle Engineering

Probability Theory and Statistics

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Innovation and entrepreneurship



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