Illustrationer av funktionella grupper och monteringsfaser
Rapport, 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. This system of interrelated drawings was in the developed in the experimental workshop an formed the basis for the assembly work conducted at the Volvo Uddevalla plant (it explains/illustrated a so-called assembly-oriented product structure, which is something very different from the common Volvo companies so-called Function Group Register that instead is a design-oriented product structure) (see the authors' other publication).

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 founding).

This system of interretaled drawing was developed in one of the experimental workshops together with e.g. operators (as well as senior research competency within vocational learning and training from Gothenburg University) 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 drawings were validated at an industrial scale, expressing an assembly-oriented product structure for the Volvo 700-model (note that the system represents years and years of work from both our and others side) (we were helped out by an architect from Chalmers University of Technology, who worked for years in one of the experimental workshops thereby helping us out to formalise the decomposed automotive products (see the authors’ other publications).


work organisation

product variants

assembly work

materials feeding techniques

manufacturing technology

alternatives to line assembly

learning and training

Volvo Uddevalla plant

restructuring of information systems

long work cycle times


work structuring


Tomas Engström

Institutionen för transportteknik

Lars Medbo

Institutionen för transportteknik


Annan teknik

Övrig annan teknik


Institutionen för transportteknik