Master Thesis work - Develop an IKEA unique lock system

  • Älmhult, Sweden
  • Employees can work remotely
  • Intern

Company Description

We are right now looking for two students that will write their Master thesis for us at IKEA Components from January to June 2021.

We are IKEA!
At IKEA Components we develop, source, pack and supply components in areas where it benefits IKEA and the IKEA customer. We integrate backwards in the IKEA value chain to create a better everyday life for the many people. We focus on creating price advantage through business development and economy of scale, as well as securing excellence within design, quality, availability and sustainability.

Job Description

There are many regulations and standards to comply with when developing home furnishing products. In order to comply with tomorrow’s safety regulations, it’s important to constantly maintain today’s product range and develop new solutions that could be introduced to the market. This project aims to develop an IKEA unique lock system that prevents multiple drawers from being open at the same time.

The main purpose is to develop an IKEA unique lock system that prevents multiple drawers from being open at the same time. 

The following parts must be included in the work method:  
•    Benchmark to evaluate existing solutions
•    Generate market unique design concepts
•    3D modelling, preferable in SolidWorks
•    Simulations or similar to evaluate if the solution would meet the test demands. This could be performed by the student(s) or with support from a FEA engineer.
•    Patent check to ensure the developed solution does not interfere with existing patents
•    Cost estimation of the final solution

It’s encouraged to use GALANT lock solution as reference. Being cost conscious is important for IKEA. Hence, the solution should match GALANT lock solution in cost. 

Physical samples are not necessary to be developed. However, if time allows it, physical samples are highly appreciated.


You are a master or bachelor student within the field of mechanical engineering or similar. We would like to see that you have a creative problem solving ability, pay attention to details and have a methodical work process. You should have basic skills in CAD modelling in order to develop a 3D model of the final solution.

It’s beneficial, but not required, to have basic knowledge in FEA simulations in order to be able to perform simulations for design verifications.
It’s required that you can write and communicate in English.

Additional Information

The assignment will be carried out at location in Älmhult or as per agreement. Potential physical tests will be carried out at university and/or at IKEA Test Lab in Älmhult.
The end result should be delivered as a report along with files of 3D model(s) and 2D drawing(s) of the final solution. 

Sounds interesting? 
Submit your application as soon as possible via this ad, however not later than 22/11 2020.

For more information about the role or the recruitment process, please contact IKEA Supervisors:
[email protected] or [email protected]

We look forward to receiving your application in English!

IKEA Range & Supply has the responsibility to develop, design, produce and supply IKEA stores with home furnishing solutions available to the many people. Each year IKEA Range & Supply introduce 2,000 new products in the IKEA stores. The total range is almost 10,000 products.

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