The highly anticipated Volvo FH, one of the most advanced tractor-trailer trucks in the world, is now starting to roll off the assembly lines in Sweden and around the world. To give us a behind-the-scenes look at how this state-of-the-art behemoth is built, Volvo produced this short video showing the production process for the truck.
Special attention was paid to the production process to ensure consistent quality. Jonas Nordqvist, product feature and profitability manager for Volvo Trucks
, made the seemingly circular statement "One of the most important parameters in the development of an entirely new truck is that it should actually be able to be built," Nordqvist said. He went on to explain that the production process needed to be ergonomic, efficient, and repeatable.
In one example of making the production process more human-friendly, the FH's chassis is turned upside down to ease installation of electrical, pneumatic, and hydraulic lines to the underside of the frame. To ensure manufacturing practice lived up to the theory, pilot production lines were built at two of the factories in Sweden to test production processes to work out any issues before deploying the processes to full-scale production.
To see the mechanical ballet in process, watch the video linked below outlining the production of the FH from start to finish.