Simulation of the Volvo Battery Production Line

The increasing need for sustainability in the automotive industry ensures that the share of electric cars will continue to rise significantly in the coming years. It is expected that between 2030 and 2035, only electric vehicles will be available on the market. Volvo Cars is making considerable progress in terms of sustainability in its organization and vehicles. The goal is to become a carbon-neutral and fully circular enterprise by around 2040. By 2025, a 40-50% reduction in emissions per vehicle is already on the agenda, and by 2030, the entire fleet should be fully electric.

A few years ago, Volvo established a production line for manufacturing batteries. Due to the scaling and fluctuating production, managing the logistics around the production line proved to be a challenge. Synchronized Flow was attempted to “synchronize” logistics with production; however, it did not yield the desired results.

Nobleo was given the opportunity to map and analyze the synchronization between logistics and production. With our logistics knowledge in the automotive industry combined with expertise in simulation capabilities, we were able to provide Volvo with a targeted solution. Using simulation, Nobleo was able to replicate the current situation, including fluctuations in the production line. Simulation allows for replicating and testing numerous scenarios in a virtual environment, without physically disrupting the production environment. Ultimately, we identified the major bottlenecks in synchronization, helping Volvo further optimize the production line and logistics. The video showcases how the simulation works.

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