Volvo Trucks – How to build a new Volvo VNL

Volvo Trucks – How to build a new Volvo VNL

The timer is set to 12 hours. More than 6,000 individual parts will
pass through hundreds of work stations. In the end, a new VNL truck is born. HOW TO BUILD A NEW VOLVO VNL This is how it’s made. Since the ’70s,
more than 500,000 trucks have been built in the American New River Valley plant, all with their huge distinctive bonnets, known as a conventional truck. The basis for every truck
is the frame rails. In the next few hours, these pieces
of steel will be transformed to make up a unique piece
of highway trucking technology. At this station,
the truck gets its air suspension. Until this station, the chassis was
built upside down for easier assembly. At the same time, the cab is being built
in another part of the factory. Like a house of cards, the side panels
are now placed on the base plate. An employee fixes the sheets
with a spot weld. However, the proper welding
is taken over by welding robots. Over at the paint shop, there are more than
500 different colours to choose from. Depending on the cab style, it takes six to seven minutes
to paint the entire cab. In Hagerstown, Maryland,
the engines are made. Robots insert the cylinders. Meanwhile, two different machines
grind and bore the crankshaft bearings. An induction hardening machine briefly
heats the crankshaft to 1,200 degrees and then quenches it with cold water. This makes the surface harder
and more resistant. Before the heart of the truck
starts to beat, about 400 add-on parts
have to be installed. It’s busy times
over at the New River Valley plant. Next up, the assembly of the seats. Then the door panels, speakers
and windows are installed. On the main assembly line,
the cabin moves forward at a speed of one metre per minute. The freshly painted engines
from the Hagerstown factory are being installed to the chassis. Each engine is built
for a specific truck. Finally, it’s time
for the happiest moment in this soon-to-be-born truck’s life,
its wedding. In this step, the chassis and the cabin
are joined together. Carefully, the staff lets the cab
come down and bolts it to the chassis. Every five minutes,
a new cab is married to a chassis. After final touches, the truck is off
to the pre-delivery inspection. Here, it’s test driven,
and if everything checks out, it receives a stamp of approval. After just one day,
this state-of-the-art machinery is ready to be taken out
onto the open road and be used as the driver’s reliable
best friend for many years to come.

About the Author: Michael Flood


  1. Those "behind the scene" videos are awesome ! I would really like to see more ! How are VCE made or how was the vnl designed are just some ideas. It would be great to interview the designers and engineers who made this truck come a thing !

  2. крассава , вот что значит производство и гордость,а не наши говнокамазы которые слизаны с Мерса либо просто сыпятся от коррозии и ломаются от каждого бугра

  3. Same truck they been building for 15 years…. new hood, new fairings but same dashboard and added 25k to the price. What a joke ?

  4. I'm surprised.
    No mention of the safety cage, built into the cab?
    It why I would only drive a Volvo or Freightliner.
    Benz does it right too!

  5. BS. Warranty is extremely to executed. After 100k some things start to destroy by themselves. Not worth it. Absolutely NOT!!!! Stay away from Volvo, as far is you can!!!!!!!!!

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