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Thesis Work - Measuring system analysis - Create a guideline for a structural body component

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In the car body there are several single parts that build up to a body complete. To be able to meet the final quality requirements for the assembly, there are tolerances defined for each part. This set the requirements for the supplier to fulfill before delivery of parts to Volvo. The supplier needs to measure a defined number of parts in each batch. To quality assure the measurements the supplier also needs to perform an analysis of the measurement system (eg. fixture, measurement machine and handling of operator) to analyze how much of the measured variation is actual part variation and how much comes from the measurement system.


There are several structural body components that are long and slim which is a challenge. E.g A-pillar reinforcement upper is a long and slim part with a twisting shape that is hard to control for the operator due to its size. Lessons learned is that it is difficult to get a robust reference system that will give stable measurement result. Our suppliers generally want to add support points to force it into correct shape. Trials have been done with choosing reference points either on the weld flanges or on first form surfaces. Also, trials with standing (car coordinate) fixtures and lying down fixtures have been evaluated. The aim with this master thesis work is to compare the outcome from these trials to find a general guideline for how to perform an MSA for the coming projects.


In this work a detailed study of the measurement system analysis will be done

  • Literature study to understand and map MSA way of working, documentation, methods, performance and result
  • Literature study to understand and map fixture functionality, reference system definition and requirements
  • Evaluate setup in previous projects
  • Build virtual fixture simulation model in RD&T software to compare virtual result with measurement data
  • Perform MSA simplified study to verify new guideline

The goal is to establish a general guideline for how to perform an MSA for the A-pillar reinforcements in coming projects.


Do you fit the profile?
We are looking for Master students within Mechanical engineering with focus on product development or similar. You have good knowledge and interest of robust design and geometrical measurements. You have an analytical approach and a curious mindset with an ability to work independently. Further you are engaged and take responsibility to your work.  Fluent in English in writing is a must.


This thesis work requires that you are on site at the office in Torslanda, Gothenburg at least 50% of the time.


  • The duration for this thesis work is 20 weeks.
  • 30 ECTS (academic credits) if in agreement with your Thesis Advisor in University
  • The work will start in January 2022
  • This thesis is to be conducted by 2 Students working in pair
  • Work will be done at dep 92710 Body Technology. Volvo Car Corporation, Torslanda.


How to learn more and apply
Selection will be ongoing during the application period, so do not hesitate to send in your application. Attach your Cv and personal letter stating your interests within the given area and your thoughts and credentials.


Apply as soon as possible but no later than 2021-11-09


Please note that applications via email will not be accepted due to GDPR

Peter Nyström, Manager, 92710 Body Technology, peter.nystrom@volvocars.com; +46723716320



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