Extended Work Cycle Assembly - A crucial learning experience
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 1994

This paper reports on a crucial learning experience relating to design principles applied in the Volvo Car Corporation final assembly plant in Uddevalla, Sweden. These principles include the concept of holistic learning, specifically through the creation and transformation of complementary, interrelated physical, semantical, and cognitive structures. We report on the learning environment and learning aids, as well as the learning method applied to the assembly of one-quarter of an automobile performed by one single person. Through the application of this learning concept, it proved possible to dramatically reduce the learning time required for long cycle time assembly work, making cycle times of 2 hours or more a practical proposition for full-scale automotive manufacturing today.

long work cycle times

Volvo Uddevalla plant

autonomous workgroups

parallel product flows

learning and training


vocational learning

work structuring

small workgroups

alternatives to line assembly

gestalt psychology


Tomas Engström

Institutionen för transportteknik

Lars Medbo

Institutionen för transportteknik

Dan Jonsson

Göteborgs universitet

The International journal of human factors in manufacturing

1045-2699 (ISSN)

Vol. 4 3 293-303


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