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Master Thesis: Development of Forklift Protectors

Älmhult, Kronoberg County - Explore location Design & Product Development Intern

Job description

Company description

For 78 years, IKEA has been making the everyday life better for the many people. The times have been changing and the increased complexity in the supply chain network creates challenges to deliver quality products. IKEA constantly strives to improve the quality of the products that reach its customers. 

Do you enjoy developing new products and solve challenges? Do you like developing products that solve some of the biggest challenges in the industry? Then we are looking for you!

Job description

We are now looking for 1-2 student´s that can write their Master thesis at
IKEA Components from January to June 2023.

The thesis focus on developing a protective bumper solution for the forklifts in order to reduce damages on the products. The aim of the thesis is to investigate different solutions that can reduce the damages and evaluate them based on engineering aspects. 

We wish to reduce the damages and the cost of poor quality associated by developing protective bumpers that can be attached to forklifts. The thesis aims at providing the students an insight into the complete product development phase, from brainstorming to designing, analyzing and testing.
The work can be done by one student or a group of 2. 

The main work consists of:
•    Study and analyze existing solutions and understand product requirements
•    Development of product/solution through material selection
•    Evaluate developed concepts from engineering point of view. For example: Manufacturability, sustainability, usability, etc.

The work will be performed in 3 steps
•    Background study for similar existing solutions
•    Simulate solutions with different materials and find the optimal solution
•    Develop and Perform tests to validate the simulations


For the project, the student would need to have relevant education in Mechanical Engineering, Product Design, Product Development, Solid Mechanics, or similar.

Good Understanding of FEM simulations 
Interest in design, simulations, and testing
Basic Knowledge of CAD. IKEA Components uses SolidWorks

More Information

Thesis start: January 2023
Duration: 20 weeks, Full-time (30hp / ECTS)
Number of students: 1 or 2 
Place: Älmhult and/or Remote

If you have any questions about the role please contact Thesis Supervisor, Malhar Ozarkar +46 736883516. We are looking forward to your application! 

Please submit both your CV and motivational letter in English latest 10th of October 2022. We are reviewing applications as they come through so don’t wait to apply! 

Please note:
To take part of the Thesis work, you have to be enrolled in a Thesis course provided at university level/Thesis agreement with a Swedish university.