Optimised design and engineering creates efficient production solution
Scania’s new truck range, its first in 20 years, is Scania’s largest investment in its 125 year history. After 10 years’ development, SEK 20 billion in project costs and over 10 million kilometres of test driving, it has launched its global initiative. Initially, the focus will be on vehicles and long-haul transportation services, but more options will gradually be introduced as more of Scania’s factories are reconfigured.
Scania has focussed strongly on customer profitability in its development of the range, with the company promising at least 5 percent lower fuel consumption. The new trucks have been well received and the long-haul range has already won the prestigious International Truck of the Year 2017 award for its driver comfort, safety and economy.
Supplying for new cabs
The most noticeable features of the new range are the new cabs, for which Nolato has been contracted to provide a number of items for the newly introduced R and S cabs. And more items will be added as other cabs go into production at Scania around the world. Nolato is supplying more than 70 items.
“For us, work on the project started in 2013 with supplier audits and an extensive tendering process,” says Andreas Pettersson at Nolato in Götene, Sweden. “Now that we have started actual production, the majority of the items are being supplied direct to Scania’s assembly plants, while for other items we have been designated by Scania as a supplier to their Tier 1 suppliers.”
Nolato had six project managers and around 10 production technicians involved in the development of the new items for Scania.
Numerous points of contact
“As we’re supplying everything from small to very large items in a range of materials, most production groups in the factory are involved in the project,” explains Andreas Pettersson. “We also have numerous points of contact with the customer, with effective direct contact between our and Scania’s purchasing, quality, project, production and logistics units.
“As Scania involved us at an early stage, we have been able to actively support the customer by proposing improvements, both in terms of the design of individual items and what materials to use for the best results.
“The aim has been to optimise design in order to create the most efficient and effective production solution for Scania, both financially and in terms of quality,” says Andreas Pettersson.