Case Study: Volvo

Volvo Cars Corporation factory

Both the scissor table and the pallet dolly can be fixed at different heights, so that the products can always be made available in a responsible and ergonomic way.


Customer:
Volvo Cars Ghent is a Volvo Cars Corporation factory located in the Ghent Harbour. The factory consists of a welding plant, a paint plant and final assembly. The factory was established in 1965 to support the expansion of Volvo in what was, at the time, still called the "European Economic Union". At present, Volvo Cars Ghent is one of the main factories for Volvo Cars in Europe. In 2014, 264,200 cars were built there. The Volvo Amazon was the first Volvo car to be produced in Ghent. Nowadays, Volvo Cars Ghent builds the Volvo V40, Volvo V40 Cross Country, Volvo S60 and Volvo XC60. In the future, Volvo will begin to specialise in the compact segment, especially the future generation of cars that are based on the Compact Modular Architecture. The company currently has over 5,000 employees.

Logistical challenge:
On Volvo's assembly lines, the cars are placed on a raised platform. Currently, forklifts are used to present the parts at the right height. Volvo was looking for a solution to carry out the assembly process without using forklift trucks and to ergonomically present the parts.


Solution:
WEWO Europe worked with Volvo to achieve a solution to ergonomically present the assembly products at the right height. The solution consists of a special scissor lift table in combination with a tilting pallet dolly. Both the scissor table and the pallet dolly can be fixed at different positions, so that the products can always be made available in a responsible and ergonomic way. The pallet dolly is transported through the factory by an electrical tractor unit and presented to the employee in the correct location.

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Result:
Thanks to the combination of scissor lift tables and pallet dollies, the Volvo Cars factory in Ghent can work without forklift trucks. Furthermore, the components are presented to the employee at an ergonomic height. The scissor lift tables are height-adjustable and movable, so they can be deployed elsewhere in the assembly line as well. This provides Volvo with the flexibility they require. The objective is to further apply this concept in the other Volvo Car factories.


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