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Due to the introduction of the Model Year 17 Fiesta (also known as B479) into Cologne Plant, Ford requested CK to design and manufacture new tooling to accommodate this.
CK were requested to modify the 255 current front decking pallets to include the B479 tooling, and design 44 brand new rear decking pallets. CK understood that each type of pallet had to also accommodate for the B299 variant, also known as current Fiesta.
Front Axle Pallet Modifications
Ford requested that the following front axle tooling requirements needed to be included in the modification of the pallet. Therefore, CK based their B479 tooling design on these requirements. Below is an example of some of the requests made;
CK also quoted to modify 32 original pallets to include all current and new tooling.
New Rear Axle Pallets
CK based the B479 rear axle design on the fixtures that were delivered to Cologne in 2013. The design included the following features;
CK also included a solution in which to support a rear axle horizontal bolt. Cologne plant includes robot handling, and so the bolt in question is tightened automatically rather than manually. Therefore the new rear axle tooling required a support for this bolt so that the robot could position and insert the bolt successfully.