Naturligt grupperat arbete vid Volvo Lastvagnar – Förstudie
Rapport, 1989

Consumer report for the company in question (the Volvo Truck 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).

More specifically, this publication shows how the initiation of e long cooperation project with the Volvo Truck Company as started. It illustrated how an engine preheater for a heavy truck chassis is assembled on one of the two assembly lines in the Volvo Tuve plant in Gothenburg. It became obvious for others and us that the original logic of this engine preheater was lost as the components required alternately were fitted at different work stations (implying the fact that the logic of the product architecture and product variation of the physical product are totally destroyed) (in fact, the situation was even worse while taking the computer formalized product information on both of the two Volvo companies into consideration.

efficiency measures

restructuring of information systems

learning and training

long work cycle times


Volvo Truck Company

materials feeding techniques

assembly work

alternative to line assembly

work structuring

manufacturing technology


Tomas Engström

Institutionen för transportteknik

Mikael Hedin

Institutionen för arkitektur

Lars Medbo

Institutionen för transportteknik

Thunberg Claes

Institutionen för transportteknik


Övrig annan teknik


Institutionen för transportteknik