Adaptation of High-Variant Automotive Production System Using a Collaborative Approach
Book chapter, 2017

Automotive manufacturing systems are high investment assets in need of continuous upgrades and changes to remain relevant and effective. The complexity of such a system is reflected in the difficulty of making holistically informed decisions regarding the upgrades and changes. To reach holistic and sound decisions it is important to collaborate between departments, experts, and operational actors during the planning and development of upgrades and changes. Such collaboration should be supported by tools, models, and methods that facilitate understanding and enable the users to express their input and feedback in a clear and understandable manner. This chapter describes the development and evaluation of one set of tools. The developed tools combine 3D imaging and virtual reality technologies to facilitate the creation of decision support models that are accurate, realistic, and intuitive to understand. The developed tools are evaluated by industrial engineers in the area of manufacturing R&D.

Layout planning


Cross-functional teams


Virtual reality


Simulation and modelling


Jonatan Berglund

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Liang Gong

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Hanna Sundström

Student at Chalmers

Björn Johansson

Chalmers, Product and Production Development, Production Systems

Dynamics of Long-Life Assets


Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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