Work Package 2 – Value Chain AB Volvo and Sansera
Work package 2 studies the product flow of the connecting rod and motor. The connecting rod is followed from the Fraunthal forge in Germany to machining at Sansera and then to the Volvo Group. The engine consists of the components engine block (Powertrain) and gearbox, which involves a flow from Volvo Skövde and Volvo Köping to assembly in Volvo Tuve. The flow will also be followed internationally to Volvo Gent and Hagerstown with components from Volvo Tuve. Today’s value chain shares digital information flows and wants to expand this with the help of artificial intelligence (AI) to create autonomous quality controls and increased traceability of materials and components. Information about the material, steel certificate, from the steel supplier is included with the connecting rod, which means Volvo has information about which steel has been used for the connecting rod. Data flows, digital threads, and internal value chains will be examined in more details in the value chain.