Ever since its establishment in 1942, Thule’s goal has been to develop innovative, safe and easy-to-use products for outdoor enthusiasts and families with an active lifestyle. Today, the company has 3,000 employees worldwide, with products that are associated with high quality and smart solutions. Among the products for which they are well-known are roof boxes, in which they are world leaders.
When Thule decided to produce a new child bicycle seat, the list of requirements was long. It had to be easy to assemble, eliminate trapping risks, and radiate sportiness, just like their other products. It had to be intuitive to use, easy to adjust and comfortable for a growing child – in short, an attractive solution for parents and children alike.
Veryday AB, tasked by Thule with responsibility for the project, brought on board Svensk Konstruktionstjänst, who would be responsible for the design. The work was based on Veryday’s design sketches and surface models.
Originally, three design proposals were developed during the concept stage. The selection of material was verified by FEM calculations, as well as physically in the laboratory. Plastic components were constructed in 3D, taking into account manufacturing processes and the final product’s quality and mountability. Validation and verification were then carried out in Thule’s own test rigs, in close cooperation with Thule’s Test Center.
Anna Carell, project manager at Veryday, is happy with the work. “Together with Svensk Konstruktionsjänst, we found solutions in which functionality and design cooperate well,” she says.
The schedule was tight before the planned launch in spring 2014. Through an intensive collaborative effort involving manufacturers, assembly operators, and test centres however, the goals of highest quality standards, surpassing international safety requirements, and offering the product at a competitive price were achieved on time.
Design engineer Jesper Blom says the following about working on the project: “It was exciting to develop a new product for a customer breaking into a new segment, of which neither we nor the client had any prior knowledge. We have had to learn along the way about how to create what we believe to be the best child seat on the market, the Thule Ride Along ™ Child Seat.”
Veryday and Thule are both satisfied with the result.
“Svensk Konstruktionsjänst is a good design partner. They solve technical problems without compromising the design idea, which is important to us,” concludes Anna Carell.