Production Engineer Daniel Ekholm’s contribution to the new V8 engine is important yet almost invisible. But it makes a big difference in assembly time, quality and ergonomics. It’s also a real help to service technicians across the world.
“My favourite object is without doubt a guitar,” says Production Engineer Daniel Ekholm. Ekholm works at Scania’s engine assembly unit, where all Scania V8 engines are manufactured. “Or,” he says, “the ingenious slotted holes on the new intake-manifold flange that have simplified both production and service of the new V8 engine.”
Ekholm started his career at Scania in 1988 as a fitter on the engine manufacturing line, and since then he has accumulated close to 30 years of experience in engine production at Scania.
In recent years, Ekholm has been deeply involved in the development of Scania’s new V8 engine. “I was part of the team from the very beginning, right from the first digital drawings to the first manually built prototypes.”
Intake-manifold flange with slotted holes
Ekholm’s task was to ensure a high-quality product in every aspect, including assembly time, quality and ergonomics, and to build up a sequence digitally before the building of the prototypes.
“The advantage of this was that we knew how to build and in what order before we built the prototypes for real,” he says. “All the prototypes were built in one way to the same quality, and we actually went through the sequence many times locally at the engine workshop before we handed over the project to serial production.”
Ekholm is proud of the results of that process. “We’ve come up with solutions that have improved the manufacturing quality,” he explains. “For example, we’ve eliminated many risks of attaching something the wrong way.”
“The previous engine was close to perfect,” he says, “but we’ve found some improvements, including some that aren’t really visible. One example is a small mesh grid covering a hole where there was a risk of losing small objects that could harm the engine.”
For his favourite V8 object, Ekholm chose the intake-manifold flange with slotted holes, one of those seemingly small improvements that make everyone’s life easier.
“These holes not only make it simpler for the fitter at the production line when attaching the object to the engine, but they also make service technicians’ lives a lot easier,” he explains.
What about the guitar then? Ekholm is not only a skilled production engineer; he is also a skilled guitar player in Silent Call, a band that he started with some friends a few years ago.
“We’ve toured in Europe, and I know what planning means for the end result,” he says. This understanding is reflected in his role in the V8 development project.