Smart Labs for emerging technologies
Scania's experimental technology labs explore how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality could enhance our production, engineering and collaboration processes.
Change is coming fast to our industry, and to drive the shift to cleaner, safer and smarter transport, we need to be able to innovate quickly. By combining Scania’s core strengths with new ways of working, we’re rapidly developing the ideas and technologies that will shape tomorrow’s transport system.
This situation requires us to behave less like a traditional manufacturer and more like a start-up. We develop and test many ideas in real operation, fail fast, learn fast and quickly bring viable ideas to market.
As well as piloting new technological solutions, we’re also trailing new ways of working that harness new technologies and enable us to innovate more quickly. Our experimental technology labs such as Scania Smart Engineering Lab and Scania Smart Factory Lab are exploring how emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and virtual reality could enhance our production, engineering and collaboration processes.
The Smart Engineering Lab
“At the Smart Engineering Lab we develop software, but as short-term projects. We receive suggestions from all over Scania and choose one that we think is the most interesting and beneficial for the company. Then we put all our effort into it for a maximum of twelve weeks to build as much as possible,” explains Karl Ingerstam, the lab's team leader.
No two people working in the Smart Engineering Lab share the same background. “We are not looking only at engineers – we have all kinds of skills, such as people with experience of graphic design and game development.”
The Smart Factory Lab
The Smart Factory Lab is an experimental test environment that explores, assesses and pilots new technologies before we adopt them in Scania’s production processes. What benefits could robots bring to our factory processes? Could virtual reality improve the way we develop vehicles? These are some of the questions that the lab seeks to answer.
The Smart Factory Lab is a multinational team of 15 engineers, thesis workers and trainees, working together to carry out trials.
“Our mission is to adopt new technology for production as it becomes available from universities and suppliers,” says Lars Hanson, Coordinator of the Smart Factory Lab. “These technologies need to be adapted to Scania’s needs and fit into the Scania Production System. Our aim is to improve productivity, quality and employee health.”