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Jaguar Land Rover takes worker protection into the future with new 3D-printed gloves

25/09/2019
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Engineers from Jaguar Land Rover are working on the next generation of protective workplace clothing, creating a 3D-printed glove designed to protect workers from developing musculoskeletal disorder.
Jaguar Land Rover takes worker protection into the future with new 3D-printed gloves
(JLR’s gloves feature a 3D-printed lattice design to provide support and flexibility. Image via JLR).

Designed for workers on Jaguar Land Rover’s production lines, such as those who are required to fit clips or fasteners into the chassis during assembly, the gloves aim to reduce the occurrence of musculoskeletal disorders which account for more than 30 percent of all workplace injuries that result in time off. Musculoskeletal disorders affect an estimated 10% of the global population, rising to as much as 40% in certain industries.

Engineers at Jaguar Land Rover’s Gaydon site – home to one of the largest 3D printing facilities in the UK – spotted an opportunity to use JLR’s advanced additive manufacturing expertise to design and print a 3D lattice-style structure would reduce muscle fatigue, whilst also remaining flexible and comfortable enough to use throughout the course of an eight-hour shift. Using 3D computer-aided design (CAD) software, the team modelled designs in different densities using a variety of materials for testing.

Commenting on the novel gloves, Chris Noble JLR’s Additive Manufacturing Strategic Engineer, said:

“The health and wellbeing of our workforce remains our priority across all factories and facilities. Technologies like the 3D-printed globe allow us to use the world-leading expertise and equipment we have in-house to protect the hands of our makers, developing equipment that will make Jaguar Land Rover a great place to work, now and in the future.”
JLR's new safety gloves have been designed by their additive manufacturing team at Gaydon
(JLR’s new safety gloves have been designed by their additive manufacturing team at Gaydon. Image via JLR).

Following feedback from trials, the team is now working on a second-generation prototype. It will include a foam pad made using impact additive D30 – a polymer material which absorbs impacts when placed under pressure. This will make the glove suitable for those who fit parts, such as door casing, using the palm of the hand. 

In the short term, the gloves will support workers across Jaguar Land Rover’s facilities, helping to protect against musculoskeletal disorders. These form part of a wider future plan to deploy a range of technologies to assist those with muscle weakness or patients who suffer from physical or neurological disorders – helping employees return to work.

Whilst certainly not the first automotive manufacturer to create assistive technologies for workers, it’ll certainly be interesting to see what comes next from JLR’s additive manufacturing experts…

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