Ergonomics in Parallelized Car Assembly: A Case Study with References Also to Productivity Aspects
Journal article, 1996

This publication was gaining data at the very early phase of the Volvo Uddevalla plant projection process (it required a extensive time to complete and to finally publish). (That is, long before the authors became engaged in an extensive research programme financed by the National Institute for Working Life in Solna) (Cooperative for Optimisation of industrial production systems regarding Productivity and Ergonomics COPE). It deals with e.g. efficiency aspects and ergonomics of this (very) plant and the more embryonic aspects of the so-called tilting devices are evaluated in this publication (a controversial equipment at the early period of time). 

As was developed by the Volvo personnels and the authors (ergonomic aspects was an accepted way for us to gain access to this plant, to deal with the assembly system design process was from the beginning not accepted (since this was a work task assigned only to the Volvo professionals). But this situation changed after some years (development of the assembly work instructions were a also an accepted work task for us scientist) (see other publications registered in Chalmers Public Library).

alternatives to line assembly

materials feeding techniques

musculoskeletal disorders



learning and training

cross and multi-sciences

assembly work

manufacturing technology

long work cycle times

Volvo Uddevalla plant

restructuring of information systems

work structuring


Roland Kadefors

University of Gothenburg

Tomas Engström

Department of Transportation and Logistics

Jan Petzäll

Department of Transportation and Logistics

Lars Sundström

Applied Ergonomics

0003-6870 (ISSN) 1872-9126 (eISSN)

Vol. 27 2 101 - 110

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