AN FMS INSTALLATION FOR MACHINING OF CRANK SHAFTS AT VOLVO COMPONENTS

When Volvo Components a couple of years ago looked at FMS alternatives, they decided for a way where they could do it step by step. The engineering department at Volvo Components and Volvo Autocarrier System then jointly designed the FMS with gantry loaders and AGVS (autocarriers). The system was designed for 16 hours/day operation and with a PDP 11 Minicomputer for traffic control and administrative system tracing each individual crankshaft. After two years of operation the FMS system has proven to utilize the machine tools much better reducing the number of machine tools required to less than half. Volvo being the first user of AGV'S on a large scale in the Kalmar and Skovde plants in the early and middle 70's, and by now using about 100 autocarriers in different applications, found it natural to use carriers when it came to FMS in machining.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • ISATA 84, "In Pursuit of Technical Excellence". Proceedings Volume 2. International Symposium on Automotive Technology and Automation with particular reference to Vehicle Management Systems and Flexible Manufacturing Systems, Milan, Italy 24-28 September 1984.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Automotive Automotion Limited

    42 Lloyd Park Avenue
    Croydon CRO 5SB, Surrey,   England 

    Alfa Romeo Auto SpA

    Milan,   Italy 
  • Authors:
    • Fransson, B
  • Publication Date: 1984

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 8 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00399962
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ISATA 84087, HS-038 502
  • Files: HSL, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 1985 12:00AM