Monteringsanvisningar för naturligt grupperat arbete
Report, 1988

Consumer report for the company in question (the Volvo Automobile Company) which is financed by the company and partly also by a research foundation. It is a matter of a work that in this particular case were carried out during nine years in a number of experimental workshops located outside the Chalmers University of Technology.

These workshops were financed by the Volvo Automobile and Truck companies. This achievement, as the final contribution to the Swedish automotive industry after having already treated this research field/problem area for more than two decades before this particular period if time (involving several junior and senior research competencies, as well as industrial and governmental foundings).

These assembly work instructions were developed in one of the experimental workshops together with e.g. operators from the temporary learning and training workshop predating the Volvo Uddevalla plant and thereafter used for full-scale product purpose in the completed assembly plant. They were formalised by an information system used for such purposes. Thus, it is fair to state that these particular assembly work instructions were validated at an industrial scale (they actually represent years and years of work from ours' and others personnel' side).

Specifically, this publication explains how the authors dealt with s the product architecture and product variation of the automotive products disassembled, which proved to necessary to be carried out in one of the experimental workshops (several complete automobiles and one heavy truck chassis were disassembled combined with having product data accessible in form of paper print-outs as well as by appropriate computer connections to the two Volvo companies etc.). That is, by using a special sort of “design analysis by means of axonometric hand-drawn illustrations” (see a conference contribution from 1992 that also is registered and available as o PDF-document at Chalmers Public Library (CPL) (a self-developed method found out together with a junior research competency from the School of Architecture at Chalmers).

restructuring of information systems

work structuring

work organisation


Volvo Uddevalla plant

learning and training



questioning lean production

alternatives to line assembly

manufacturing technology

assembly work

long work cycle times


Tomas Engström

Department of Transportation and Logistics

Lars Medbo

Department of Transportation and Logistics

Klas Thunberg

Department of Transportation and Logistics

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