Factory Visit: Smart Factory Lab of SCANIA Södertälje

By Salinee Santiteerakul on April 25th, 2023

Objective: The visit aimed to explore the integration of emerging technologies in industrial processes and to understand the collaborative efforts between Scania's Smart Factory Lab and KTH University.

Overview: Scania's Smart Factory Lab serves as an experimental hub for testing and implementing cutting-edge technologies in production and engineering. The lab focuses on the application of artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other emerging technologies to enhance manufacturing and collaborative processes. The lab is staffed by a multinational team of 15, including engineers, thesis workers, and trainees, dedicated to conducting trials and advancing technological integration in production.

Key Highlights:

Presentation on Collaboration: A detailed presentation was given on the ongoing collaboration between Scania's Smart Factory Lab and KTH University. This collaboration is a cornerstone of the lab's operations, emphasizing the importance of academic-industry partnerships in advancing technological applications in manufacturing.

Role of Scania Staff in Academia: Scania staff members are actively involved in academic processes at KTH University. Their roles include guest lecturing and serving as co-advisors for both graduate and undergraduate student research. This involvement not only enriches the academic curriculum but also provides practical, industry-relevant insights to students.

Interactive Sessions: Attendees had the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions, where they experienced firsthand the applications of digitalization technology in enhancing production processes. These sessions provided valuable insights into the practical aspects of technology integration in industrial settings.

Discussion on Future Trends: The event also included discussions on future trends in smart manufacturing and the potential impact of emerging technologies on the industry. These discussions were instrumental in understanding the direction of technological advancement in manufacturing.

Outcomes: Enhanced understanding of the practical application of digitalization technology in industrial processes. Insight into the successful collaboration between academia and industry, exemplified by the partnership between Scania and KTH University. Recognition of the importance of integrating emerging technologies in manufacturing to stay ahead in the competitive market.

Conclusion: The visit to Scania's Smart Factory Lab was a fruitful experience, offering valuable insights into integrating emerging technologies in manufacturing and the importance of industry-academia collaboration. The learnings from this visit are expected to significantly contribute to the ongoing efforts and future direction of the SME 5.0 Project.