Who is Tekbo?
Tekbo manufactures bodywork for trucks, including curtain-sided and refrigeration vehicles from 3.5 tonnes to 26 tonnes. Their supplier, John Adams Coach Supplies, provides Tekbo with extrusions, sheet material, hardware and other components.
Tekbo wanted to improve the efficiency of their manufacturing process. Working in collaboration with their supplier, John Adams, Tekbo wanted to create a custom profile that would reduce their workshop operations. Tekbo asked 4c Design to assess the strength of their proposed new profile and to optimise the design to minimise material use.
4c Design carried out a structural engineering analysis of the proposed design and suggested modifications that would improve its strength. We also carried out an optimisation exercise to reduce material use. Our analysis enabled Tekbo to quickly assess their proposed design without the long lead time and expense that would have been incurred by making and testing physical prototypes.
Our analysis allowed Tekbo and John Adams to refine the profile to maximise strength while minimising material usage. 4c Design have subsequently looked at other profiles for Tekbo to further improve their fabrication processes.