Vehicle manufacturer Volvo is utilising unique 3D drawings of its range of chassis to improve efficiencies within its bodybuilding processes and to reduce customer lead times.
Design in parallel is a method being employed by the manufacturer to allow its clients to view the finished truck and bodywork combination before this is physically created.
It enables all aspects of the build to be tailored to meet the customer's needs – from repositioning of the axles to the height of the propeller shaft – and any changes that are made can instantly be visualised through the 3D process.
It can be examined from all angles and changes can be made at the push of a button. The company has claimed its production processes can be shortened by as much as 14 days through the use of this system, while the quality of the finished product is not compromised in any way.
Head of body builder development at Volvo Trucks Tor Hesselgren commented: "The major advantage of 3D drawings is that they allow for a parallel workflow in which the chassis and the bodywork can be produced simultaneously, instead of consecutively.
"Put simply, the bodybuilder doesn't need to wait for the truck to be finished to find out crucial information about the chassis."
The more complex the bodywork that customers have specified, the longer the lead time that is typically required for orders to be filled. However, by combining 3D systems with the latest manufacturing techniques, Volvo is able to ensure its clients are receiving their vehicles in as timely and efficient a fashion as possible.
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This story was posted by Daniel Crosby, Assistant Marketing Executive at the Fuel Card Group.