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Automated assembly of steering column
2001 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (professional degree), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

When cars are manufactured at Volvo Cars in Gothenburg there are today both fully automated and manual assembly lines. In order to make the environment better for the assembly workers, from an ergonomic point of view, it is desirable to eliminate some of the manual steps in the assembly process. The assembly process of the lower steering shaft into the car is one example where an implementation of automated assembly substantially would improve the work environment. Since the assembly of the steering column into the car consist of some complicated manual assembly steps it is not possible to directly implement an automated assembly without any design or process changes. The reason to the complicated assembly is that many steering columns of today are designed with focus on property, function and performance and not so much on ease of assemblage. Therefore, criteria regarding the assembly process have been developed, which can be used in an early stage in the product development process. In co-operation with Chalmers Lindholmen a new assembly process and a screwless coupling between the lower steering shaft and the steering gear has been designed. Both the coupling and the assembly process have been designed with focus on the new criteria regarding the assembly process as well as the static requirements regarding property, function and performance. The Master's Thesis has been carried out at Volvo Cars in Gothenburg and is classified.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2001.
Keyword [en]
Technology, automated assembly, steering shaft, steering column, process, analysis, design prerequisites, geometry calculation, coupling, steering gear
Keyword [sv]
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-44194ISRN: LTU-EX--01/172--SELocal ID: 1fcd7ab5-d5c2-45a5-ab63-25d50be53639OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-44194DiVA: diva2:1017470
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Mechanical Engineering, master's level
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Note
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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