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 interrelated 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).

Comment 1: 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 e.g. a junior research competency from the School of Architecture at Chalmers as well as by getting helped out på the senior research competency withing vocational learning and training).

Comment 2: Publishing reports, especially consumer reports, was the praxis during this (early) period of time at Chalmers University of Technology, as well as probably at some other universities. This means that frequent and vast academic publication by means of e.g. conference papers and refereed contributions to scientific journals was almost unheard of. At least so for some of the applied science disciplines. However, today are the situation indeed very different (i.e. earlier was the publication in many respects focused on trying to satisfy the executive administrator the research foundation in question etc.).

work structuring

advanced assembly systems

product variants

alternatives to line assembly

manufacturing technology

restructuring of information systems

parallel product flows

long work cycle times

materials feeding techniques

autonomous workgroups

assembly work

learning and training

Volvo Uddevalla plant


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