Spring 2021 Venture Client Cycle
Past opportunity

Mark and Scan Components in Manufacturing with Autoliv

Supply chain

About

Autoliv is at the forefront of automotive safety technology and our success is rooted on world-class manufacturing operations. We are guided by our vision of Saving More Lives. For the future, we envision autonomous production systems including with detailed end-product documentation and fully granular traceability. If you are working on a solution that can mark, scan and identify even the smallest components in our manufacturing process, we would like to hear more from you!

Theme Description

Autoliv supplies life-saving safety systems to all leading car manufacturers worldwide. Our robust solutions are based on solid research and extensive application skills and are developed in close cooperation with the customers.

The success of Autoliv builds on top of world-class manufacturing operations. To assure standardization and high quality and to maintain proprietary production technologies, Autoliv’s production systems are often developed and sometimes manufactured by Autoliv itself. Autoliv have final assembly centers close to our customers’ manufacturing plants all over the world.

Now, we are looking to complement our existing, advanced production traceability system in manufacturing with solutions that increase our capability in identifying, marking and scanning the smallest components in our product manufacturing and assembly processes. At Autoliv, we drive for autonomous manufacturing processes and perfect product documentation. If your solution can move us closer to our vision, keep reading!

Opportunity Overview

The globally networked supply chain feeds Autoliv’s manufacturing operations. Components of different sizes and materials are used to manufacture and assemble the life-critical safety systems.

To manage the complexity, multiple systems are in place to ensure the quality of the manufacturing output and the efficiency of the process. In addition, the digital systems exchange data with upstream suppliers and customers to improve the overall traceability and efficiency of the value chain.

Despite the existing systems and software, there are components in the mass manufacturing process that are difficult to identify, mark and scan. For example, the components can be tiny in size, come in large batches or on a continuous stream, or the components can be combined by melting. Today, these components are primarily tracked by small batch and box identifications, which is sufficient to achieve high quality in production. Also, several manual identification scanning activities take place off- and in-line the manufacturing process. As we continuously move towards full automation and perfect end-product documentation, we have high interest in solutions that can help us identify, mark and scan the smallest components on a singular level as automatically as possible. This will increase our capability to surgically contain suspect groups, single components or finished goods.

Below you can read more on a few exemplary benefits that we are aiming for. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have a solution matching to our interests!

Focus Areas

Examples of solutions we’re interested in

Backtracking a Suspect Component

Surgically identifying a single component or smaller batches compared to large groups of suspected of finished goods are critical for success. Possessing the information of in which final end-products a specific component ends-up is necessary to accurately save lives, money and reputation.

Perfect Documentation

If your solution helps us to backtrack a system down to its individual components, learn from the collected data or in any other way can enrich the information associated with our product components throughout the value chain, make sure to contact us.

Process Throughput and Materials

There are only a few considerations to keep in mind. First, your solution should match the throughput of our existing manufacturing process. Second, we primarily look for solutions that work with components made of metals, plastics and textile.

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