Lightweight to reduce CO2 emissions and cost
The large glass packs are safely contained inside the trailer using up to 12 fixation units. Fransiscó was asked to engineer a new fixation concept that:
- Reduces the weight of the complete inloader fixation system
- Operates using electric actuators instead of traditional hydraulic cylinders
- Enables flexible transportation of 1-11 packs of glass
- Can be manufactured at a cost, comparable to existing fixation system
The end result of this project is a electrically actuated glass fixation called the E-Push. The redesign, inspired by Topology Optimisation resulted in a weight reduction of nearly 50%. Extensive Finite Element Analysis has been executed to ensure achieving the required performance before physical testing took place.
An inloader equipped with 12 redesigned fixation sytems has been tested at a closed testtrack. The new concept design withstood the extreme loading conditions successfully. It has also received TÜV certification.
For more information about concept development and lightweight engineering please contact Fransiscó at: firstname.lastname@example.org