PRODUCTION IS GONE
THE CAR IS TURNING INTO A FOUR-WHEEL MOBILE PHONE, AND
TECHNOLOGY PLAYS AN INCREASINGLY IMPORTANT ROLE IN
PRODUCTION STARTS. ARE WE READY?
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SPEAK FOR US
You initiate your production starts during
full operation. How have they changed?
In particular, the car’s technical complexity
with its increased number of control systems
and requirements for more frequent modernisation changes. We have had to adapt
our production start procedures to emerging trends – connectivity services and online connectivity. Thanks to all the employees’ high commitment and motivation to
learn new things, we were able to launch
our planned models on the market but also
increase the number and produce them in
shorter amounts of time.
INTERVIEW WITH PETR KUBA,
DIRECTOR OF PA – PRODUCTION
When did your work start to change
WITH EFFECTIVENESS AND FLEXIBILITY
SIMPLY CLEVER SOLUTIONS
THINKING DIFFERENTLY TO SECURE THE FUTURE
ver the past two years, ŠKODA AUTO car or online service personification and their
has launched 30 new models, and we in- functionality are tested not only from a security
tend to continue full-speed ahead this point of view but also from the user’s perspective.
year, as we face a total of 14 production starts. The Thus, the entire process enters the pre-produchigh customer demand compels us to market ad- tion stages, and Production Start Control must
ditional products and services through our busy rely on them in order to minimise risks in time.
plants. To achieve this at a high
quality, on time and at the voleMobility
The FORCE Program
ume required, our production and
In terms of our plans, the departhas already achieved
logistics must be transparent, efment expects nothing less than
tangible results. This
the first fully electric SUV with
ficient and perfectly organised. In
year, it helped to start
this regard, the FORCE Program
brand-new architecture enhanced
production of the
plays a very supportive role.
by assistance systems and online
SCALA model and
connectivity. Therefore, an elecbrand-new urban SUV
Production start effectiveness
tric simulator will be used for the
KAMIQ in six months.
Ensuring a smooth production
first time to test the electronics
start begins at an early stage of
conditions during the start of prothe project. The PA – Production Start Control duction. It is a specially modified pre-production
department monitors the project status through vehicle in which the technicians will install the
regular pilot hall meetings that already happen latest control units and software in a short time
two years before any start of production (SOP). It so that they can test everything from the customcomplements the monitoring with its system of er’s perspective and detect any potential shortearly warnings to the relevant departments. This comings. “They will see the results immediately
system easily identifies and evaluates any devi- on the car’s display and through a special camations from the original plans. As a result, Pro- era on a display panel outside the car. This is one
duction Start Control can immediately propose a of the reasons why we are introducing additionsolution that will prevent any changes in volume al control mechanisms and simultaneously coor quality.
operating with our colleagues from the Zwickau
plant who are working on similar concepts”, exOnline services
plains Peter Čavajda from PAC – Project Control
Until recently, the production start success “only” – OCTAVIA.
depended on the professional competences of the
production of mouldings or welded bodies, or In full operation
the availability and quality of parts. For our fu- A new model launch brings a number of chalture projects in which connectivity plays an im- lenges from the perspective of multi-shift regimes
portant role and where the car becomes a “mo- that, while making it possible to produce the rebile phone on four wheels”, employees must also quired number of series cars, greatly reduce the
acquire a range of additional competences. The production equipment preparation time. . RED
8 ŠKODA MOBIL AUGUST 2019
ŠKODA AUTO is
planning additional new
models and derivatives
to ensure ŠKODA’s
growth and future. The
goal of the FORCE
Program’s sixth action
field and its work team
is to evenly plan these
products’ SOP dates
and to take into account
all the elements of
car production during
NEW MODEL PRODUCTION
STARTS THIS YEAR
EVERYBODY IS GETTING
READY FOR THE FIRST FULLY
Big changes came with the SUV offensive.
It was not easy to prepare the start of production and to debug the system features in
the KODIAQ. We had to strengthen our production start teams in the plants, obtain the
right knowledge and proceed even more systematically with our production preparation.
The result speaks for us: The KODIAQ has
found success on several markets.
The FORCE Program responds to the
customers’ new requirements. How
did you deal with these trends at your
We had to change our production start processes fundamentally. It was not enough
just to check the quality of our bodies,
mouldings and parts. Software has become
an integral part of our production start. We
monitor the latest updates and upload them
to the car‘s control system both during production and before the car is handed over to
How long have you been preparing for
the iV series production start? What was
different for your team?
We started preparing three years before production started. This included not only the
pilot hall modifications for the iV car specific production start but also training our
employees in the electrification of our new
models. We have also supervised the introduction of new technologies and, above all,
attended to all the safety measures relating
to high-voltage battery handling.
Do you use modern technologies at
work, such as virtual and augmented
Yes, our product and process debugging in
a virtual format ensures financial and time
savings without having an impact on our
smooth production start process. RED