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Car panel storage stillages

Robust storage stillages designed to transport parts between various manufacturing cells, and built to last the car’s life cycle.

Kuka Systems, a German manufacturer of industrial robots and systems for factory automation, required the design and manufacture of storage stillages to work in body in white (BIW) production for JLR, to transport automotive panels between manufacturing cells. The stillage needed to be robust to last the lifecycle of the car, ergonomic to use and quick to load and unload.  

Utilising our industrial design service, initially all of the clients 3D CAD data was collated to ensure relevant panels were accommodated for. The industrial design team then utilised their knowledge and experience of panel holding to design suitable nylon and polyurethane dunnage to support the panels. Concepts and prototypes for each stillage required were then presented to the client for approval. 

The final solution was robust, versatile, easy to use and integrated with factory automation systems.  Following approval 200 stillages were manufactured for the line in total, and subsequently further stillages were designed for a new model.

We don’t limit ourselves to metalwork. Our industrial design team is experienced in producing designs that also incorporate non-sheet metal components.

Project Manager

KUKA Systems & JLR
Car panel storage stillages

Key facts

  • Industrial Design Service
  • Ergonomic design requirements
  • Data collation to ensure fit
  • Design of non-sheet metal parts
  • 200 off manufactured 
  • Led to further orders for a new model

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