Engineering - from prototype to planning

Services for the Volkswagen Group

A wide range of engineering services that are optimally planned and implemented at competitive conditions according to our customers' wishes and requirements - one of the offers of Volkswagen Group Services GmbH. Our range of services includes design, quality assurance (QA), technical documentation and test bench services. On this page, you can experience some selected highlights.

 


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EC Data Management

Realising complete IT support client support, leasing and investment planning, application development and support.

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Engineering in Plant Construction

Planning, mechanical and electrical design, simulation, plant design and control.

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HLS/Infrastructure Management

Site management and project management for new buildings and conversions, furnishing and relocation planning as well as data recording and maintenance in HLS.

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Measurement Technology

Ensuring production quality for the testability and operational safety of pre-series vehicles.

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Real Drive Emissions

Performing exhaust emission measurements on test vehicles in road traffic and support during licensing runs.

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Goods Filter Plus

Performing services to ensure the quality of in-house manufactured and purchased parts.

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We offer a wide range of engineering services, which are planned and implemented according to the wishes of our customers in an optimal technical manner and at competitive conditions.

EC Data Management

To maximise synergies and thus make a company's information technology cost-efficient and transparent, it is important to consolidate areas and processes in today's IT world.

For Group quality assurance and the overall vehicle development of Volkswagen in Wolfsburg, the QA Data Management and EC Data Management projects began in 2010 and 2016 respectively. The project includes IT Client Support, Application Support, Application Development and Process and System Consulting. The specialist expansion of the IT infrastructure and IT support on the worldwide test sites and endurance testing stations are just two of the challenges.

Consolidating to a service provider has made it possible to provide short response times with high processing and consulting quality. The development of extensive know-how and the low management effort, both on the part of the customer and at Volkswagen Group Services GmbH, are additional advantages.
 

Engineering in Plant Construction

Engineering in Plant Design includes the implementation of planning, control, design and simulation tasks for car body, component part and assembly systems. Through interdisciplinary expertise and the use of Group standards of corresponding planning, calculation, design, simulation and control software, a reliable partner for Volkswagen Toolmaking has been established in recent years.

Combined with efficient planning and project management, we provide a relevant part of the development-related services along the value chain on the way to a new production plant: from project management, planning, design and the “digital factory” to the commissioning of the production plants.
 

HLS and Infrastructure Management

Employees in the HLS and Infrastructure Management departments took on the CAD furnishing planning for complex office buildings, office conversions and individual relocation measures in July 2015. In addition, 3D models are created in CAD and photorealistic perspectives and the construction work is monitored and coordinated, ensuring high quality of work and compliance with health and safety regulations on the construction site.

The team's tasks also include CAD-supported area and workplace management. It is used to maintain and provide data on buildings, areas and work stations.

Another part of the portfolio comprises the assumption of integrated construction measures for project identification, planning (LPH 1) through to completion and handover (LPH 8) as well as project support during ongoing operation in the construction, electrical and supply engineering planning trades.
 

Measurement Technology

The central task in the field of Measurement Technology is ensuring the quality of the pre-production vehicles with special attention to their testability and operational safety. For this purpose, individual sheet metal parts are checked for dimensional accuracy and the joining devices are adjusted. Throughout the entire pre-series process, the quality inspectors accompany the construction of some 3000 pre-series vehicles for Volkswagen passenger cars each year.

In car body manufacturing, for example, the strength of welded and joined joints is tested by means of ultrasound. During assembly, all deviations are documented and analysed, thus allowing initiation of the shutdown processes of the pre-series centre. At the end, an inspection run is carried out during which all safety-relevant systems, as well as the entire functions of the vehicles, are checked. The vehicles are then handed over to the relevant departments for testing.

The continuous development of manufacturing processes and the use of newly developed materials requires the adaptation of testing methods and technologies, which is guaranteed by the development engineers in the field of non-destructive testing technology.
 

Real Drive Emissions (RDE)

Technical innovations and increasing competition demand that product ideas are quickly implemented, taking into account the quality standards typical of manufacturers. The current legal requirements also require both new technical solutions and increasingly shorter development times.

In Testing & Development Services, we have been providing technical development services in this context for over ten years.

The “Real Driving Emissions” test is a component of the type test. The European Union has introduced new regulations for measuring pollutant emissions from passenger cars. In future, type approval will not only require emissions to be measured under laboratory conditions (engine dynamometer), but also in real driving conditions on the road.

In the RDE test, these tests are carried out for the approval of Volkswagen vehicles. In addition, we provide application, transfer, calibration and preparation runs as well as role support for various customers from the Volkswagen Group.
 

Goods Filter Plus

For smooth production at the Volkswagen plants, Volkswagen Group Services GmbH is responsible for ensuring the quality of the in-house manufactured and purchased parts as part of this service. This service is conducted for various clients at the sites in Emden, Salzgitter, Braunschweig, Bratislava and, in the future, also in Saxony.

The Goods Filter is responsible for quality control and rework of deliveries for Volkswagen. The employees master all challenges of controlling the goods filter. This includes ensuring component quality in pre-production, process coordination, complaints management and auditing of service providers.

Years of expertise in quality assurance and project management guarantee the customer qualified, post-processing by trained specialist personnel.
 

Engineering at Volkswagen Group Services GmbH: our business fields at a glance

Construction

In the Construction business unit of the Engineering division at Volkswagen Group Services GmbH, we systematically implement services in the areas of planning/control, design and simulation. Technical enthusiasm is the engine that drives us.

When it comes to planning/control, our contribution ranges from the idea to the completion of plants, devices and components. By continuously monitoring existing facilities, we are able identify any potential for optimisation and develop high-precision improvements. Our scope of planning for production and plant construction includes, for example, the development of production and material flow concepts, layout planning and project management (control and implementation).

Our construction services start with concept development (including installation space analysis) and range from design support through to production design. With technical precision, we model drafts and designs for components, technical equipment, tools and fixtures. In doing this, it is always important to think carefully and to see how the detail fits into the overall structure. We assess and evaluate the risks and feasibility of new buildings and conversions.

Assemblies’ and components’ simulation, as well as the simulation of production processes, systems and tools, is one of our most demanding services to ensure smooth implementation and function. We create calculation models and dimensioning as well as crash simulations in 3D. Production and manufacturing processes are precisely simulated and important influencing variables are taken into account.
 

Test Bench Services

As part of our test bench services, we have been providing services in the areas of engine test benches, component test benches and calibration of test benches for over ten years.

Our specialists test engines as well as engine and exhaust system components on numerous engine test benches around the clock, 365 days a year. At the modern facilities of the Zentrum für Motorentechnik (ZFM) in Wolfsburg, our experienced employees test engines with an output of up to 470 kW. Furthermore, we offer our customers the possibility of testing CNG and LPG powered engines and assembling or disassembling engines for them.

Additional component test benches enable us to carry out functional tests on powertrain components, such as belt drives and starters. For the engines to later run reliably even under extreme conditions, environmental loads such as dust, water or temperature are also simulated for the components in test mode. With technical excellence and professional expertise, we also carry out the calibration of test bench measuring technology.
 

Technical Documentation

Part of our engineering services, the focus of the “Technical Documentation” business area is the transfer of specialist knowledge and supporting customer service. We create graphics and content for customer and workshop literature and, through our translations, we take care that our logbooks and repair guides can be understood around the world. In addition, we provide support in change management and working time analyses.

Technical comprehension and the transfer of knowledge to the users is the key to the workshops’ success. We design tailor-made training courses for our target groups with technical expertise and a passion for technology. Here, we start by defining training contents and materials, coordinate and supervise the participants and conduct the interdisciplinary as well as the technical training sessions on the vehicle.

We accompany the rollout of IT workshop systems and take on problem management and the technical development of customer service systems. To quickly find and rectify errors, we support the development of diagnostic procedures. These include the creation of troubleshooting programs as well as technical fault analysis and fault rectification in diagnostic software and hardware.
 

Quality Assurance

“Quality Assurance” services are defined by absolute accuracy and a wealth of experience. We work with meticulousness and commitment to implement our customer's quality promise. We are active in the areas of component and material testing, problem analysis and vehicle inspections.

We put components and materials through their paces. Among other things, this includes the complete analysis of operating materials by using destructive and non-destructive testing methods, X-ray diffraction or chemical analyses. We also test, evaluate and analyse battery test cells in the field of electromobility.
Accuracy requires precise and reliable measuring methods. We use tactile and optical testing methods to ensure dimensional accuracy in vehicle construction. To meet the highest quality requirements here, we work with innovative measuring methods.

The sophisticated product is at the focus of the vehicle inspection. During quality assurance, Volkswagen Group Services GmbH analyses technical problems in design and production in advance and conducts load tests on test carriers. To also ensure the quality of purchased parts, our company carries out sampling processes and supports the suppliers of the Volkswagen Group with our high quality standards in technical matters. This also includes support for parts management to the analysis partners, suppliers or safety stations.
 

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