Conmore was responsible for packing, geometry and function assurance for components in all new car projects and facelifts for Volvo Cars. Every component in a car fulfils a unique function. For example sensors which detect when an airbag needs to be released, and the infotainment system with components such as radio, amplifier, loudspeakers and navigation system.
Conmore developed the mechanical interface for all electrical components, both internal and external. In total this involved around 400 components.
Packing and mechanical interface
All electrical components come under Conmore’s responsibility. This included ensuring that the components were fitted correctly in the car in relation to other interfaces, such as the door panel and bodywork for instance, ensuring they were the correct size and that they did not conflict with other components. Conmore was responsible for ensuring the components function mechanically, and for managing the entire line operation encompassing mechanics and packing.
A successful collaboration
As a department manager at Volvo Cars, Mikael Edvardsson was responsible for the procurement when Conmore won the contract in 2005. At the beginning of the project, the department was purely an electrical department. Internal expertise focused on the field of electrical engineering, and mechanics and geometry were outsourced – and the assignment was awarded to Conmore Ingenjörsbyrå.
– Conmore demonstrated first-class project management, an ability to always offer expertise regardless of employee, and contributed to the vital dialogue between us. All this jointly made our collaboration a success. It was not only a business arrangement, there was something more to it, says Mikael.
Conmore’s team spirit and its all-encompassing attitude of looking after both employees and clients has shone through during the collaboration with Volvo Cars, according to Mikael:
– They approached the assignment with a respectful attitude. One may possess expertise, but every new assignment is a new relationship, with new individuals and a new way of working together. They were excellent at adapting to the situation in the assignment. They were good at listening to what we needed in certain situations.
Mikael emphasised the importance of an unofficial dialogue alongside the official one, with the aim of gaining a mutual understanding and finding compromises in the collaboration.
– Conmore was always open to us. This was partly to do with personality, but also an insight into how important open communication is in making a collaboration work. In many cases an unofficial dialogue can be more important than the official one.
– The project management team demonstrated a tremendous desire to do good work for us. They wanted to be proud of a good delivery, not just say this is what you’ve bought, so this is what you get. They did go the extra mile, explains Mikael.
The assignment includes:
Packing and geometry assurance
Plastic, sheet metal and castings
Scope: 400 components
CAD tool: CatiaV5
PDM system: TeamCenter
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