Building a modern diesel engine is a complex process comprising a number of stages, including casting, machining, assembly, testing and painting. The two largest components are the cylinder block (also known as the engine block) and the cylinder head. They are each cast in one piece.
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Formed by fire

Every diesel engine that is produced in Skövde, Sweden, makes a journey through time, from the age-old craft of mastering hot molten metal with a temperature of 1,400 degrees Celsius to robot technology and micrometre precision. 

The Volvo Group’s plant in Skövde produces some 300 engines a day. The heavy-duty 13- and 16-litre engines are delivered to assembly plants where they are installed in trucks that are sold in Europe and the rest of the world.

Global News now presents the complicated process that transforms sand and scrap metal into advanced engines developing as much as 750 horsepower, capable of pulling loads of 200 tonnes.

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  1. Very interesting, amazing too. So we will make products next year many parts and components with highest precission (3 mikrometers) too. On area 16 x 4 x 2 meters in-one. Thank you for inspiration.

  2. A good supplement to the process of sand casting can be found here:
    http://thelibraryofmanufacturing.com/metalcasting_sand.html
    Interesting read.

  3. This is an amazing piece of photography and crisp documentation to understand how our Volvo Engine line is. I had seen a similar one on Discovery channel for ferrari engines and this document justifies that even Volvo has same type of Quality control and stability in it’s manufacturing process… Please do keep uploading knowledgeable articles like these… I would love to know how the chassis is made for different variants :) ….

  4. Very good! When I visited this plant a few years ago, I couldn’t the opportunity to see everything, but now has become clear.

  5. Great article! Tks for posting it.

  6. Really interesting to see how the engines are produced and the people involoved in the process. Thanks very much for this.

  7. very goog, if can lauch a subject about engine development procedure will be better.

  8. Hotstuff…

  9. Are the D13 and D16 engines made for North America made in Skovde Sweden as well?

  10. Thanks for the encouragement! We will definately produce more photostories. Meanwhile, check out some that we have published earlier:

    How to install a Volvo Penta IPS system:
    http://news.volvogroup.com/2012/06/27/installing-a-volvo-penta-ips-system/

    A story in pictures from the Tuve plant:
    http://news.volvogroup.com/2012/03/23/a-story-in-pictures/

  11. Hi,

    What a great article/slide show!!! It really gives much more than just words and we should proudly share our production processes this way.
    Thanks!

  12. Really interresting. Please upload more articles from other areas within Volvo as well.

  13. I found this very interesting and the pictures were really good.

  14. Amazing footage thank you fo sharing.

  15. Great, would be nice to see similar articles from other production facilities, like Penta and Buses etc.

  16. Amazing! Never seen the above process before. i would like to watch some videos as well.

  17. I would love to see the process there. Where the magic begins. I was at Sweden this year but I wasn’t able to visit the factory. Working for Volvo Group makes me very proud.

  18. Great article! Really enjoyed seeing the advanced casting techniques.

  19. This Airtcle is really good. Please do upload this sort of Articles.

    Thank You.