Car heaters have previously been delivered to the after-
sales market. It is now becoming more common to have them
installed on the assembly line at the factory. This
implies higher demands on overall quality and greater
adaptability to different car/vehicle models, since the
heater has to work in conjunction with several other
sub-systems in the vehicle. Supplying heaters directly to
the automotive industry also puts new requirements on the
product, in terms of annual volumes (due to the expanding
market), cost and reliability.
The main activities of the project are:
1) Review of the product structure and design with regard
to production methods, assembly, testing, packaging and
installation in the vehicle. The product structure is
of great importance for the creation of variants in
accordance with customer(automotive manufacturer)
requirements, if a competitive level of cost is to be
obtained. This will be carried out on condition that
high level performance is maintained.
2) Extensive test procedure by authorised institution in
order to verify product performance and properties and
have the product certified in accordance with demands
from the automotive industry.
3) Development and implementation different measures and
working procedures to assure the right quality of the
critical parts of the heater (especially the enclosure
and heat exchanger, which are made in stainless steel).
This includes investigation of alternative methods for
parts manufacturing and joining.
The three main activities will be partially performed in
parallel and with the close cooperation of the participants
so that an optimal product can be obtained at an optimal
Keywords: quality, supply chain, sheet metal forming.