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Optimal leaf spring for retail lighting developed in tight timeframe

Lesjofors - European Springs & Pressings : 25 May, 2013  (Application Story)
Lesjöfors has produced leaf springs for lighting specialist Fagerhult. The springs are now used in lighting for one of the world’s biggest clothes chains.
Optimal leaf spring for retail lighting developed in tight timeframe

Lesjöfors was contacted in mid-November 2012 by Fagerhult, a leading European supplier of professional lighting. One of Fagerhult´s core business areas is development and production of lighting for retail environments.

The company was about to win one of their biggest deals ever with one of the largest clothing trade groups, Inditex. Fagerhult´s request was to get the right leaf springs needed to install the lighting of the shelving systems in Indetex' Zara stores. Different types of leaf springs were designed and produced under severe time pressure.

Lesjöfors´ manufacturing unit in Vällingby (Lesjöfors Stockholm Fjäder) helped design the leaf springs so that function and production would work optimally.

"We got the opportunity to produce initial samples and pre-production of all leaf springs in the project. Several variations of the initial samples were produced and on more than one occasion we could have springs delivered to the customer less than 48 hours after agreeing on the spring design", says Mikael Hägglund, Technical Sales at Lesjöfors in Vällingby.

In late December, Fagerhult received instructions from their customer to redesign one spring, since an integrated security solution had to be added. Despite the limited space that was available, a good solution was developed and manufactured and Lesjöfors produced three different prototypes for testing. These were also delivered within 48 hours.

"Lesjöfors succeeded, despite the extremely demanding time frame and the minimal space, to deliver a solution that met all the requirements," said Thomas Johansson, On-Demand Designer at Fagerhult.

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