JAGUAR’S PROTOTYPE BUILD NOW MAKING VISORS FOR COVID-19

Jaguar Land Rover will be turning over its prototype build operations to start production of protective visors for key-workers, utilising its CAD design expertise to answer the government call for more vital equipment to fight coronavirus.

The only reusable, NHS-approved visor of its kind, the design has been developed in consultation with a team of NHS healthcare professionals for efficient rapid prototype printing at the Advanced Product Creation Centre in Gaydon, home to one of the most advanced 3D printing facilities in Europe.

It comes as a national shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for NHS staff on the frontline in the fight against Covid-19 has resulted in many key workers suffering injury from wearing uncomfortable equipment for long hours or going without vital protective wear.

Through collaboration with companies such as Pro2Pro in Telford, the ambition is to produce 5,000 visors a week for NHS trusts across the country.

Pre-line trials have already taken place with a team of healthcare professionals at the Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust before assembly began at Jaguar Land Rover in Warwickshire on 31 March.

Using rapid prototyping technology, has enabled the engineers to work through several iterations of the design in under a week, allowing for medical staff to feed back and improvements to be made.

Engineers in the Additive Manufacturing Centre, who have designed and manufactured the visors, are now in discussions with suppliers and partners to scale up production. They hope to create a tool that will enable mass production.

It is Jaguar Land Rover’s intention to make the open source CAD design files available to Additive Manufacturers and suppliers, so many more protective visors can be printed over the coming weeks.

Each face visor has been designed to be reusable, and can be easily dismantled and cleaned before being used again; safeguarding NHS trusts against future shortages as the situation develops.

Ben Wilson, Jaguar Land Rover Additive Manufacturing and Prototype Design Manager, said: “It’s been a real team effort, we’ve trialled different materials and improved the design over several iterations in consultation with real doctors and nurses on the frontline – this has allowed us to create something unique and truly fit-for-purpose.

“While this is a small effort, it is vital we help as many people as we can by utilising our resources. Collaborative teams working at Jaguar Land Rover, along with the wider computer-aided design and 3D printing community will continue to do what we can to help healthcare workers.”

The clear shield is manufactured using chemically-resistant polycarbonate, which is trimmed down by RGH Rubber Limited using a multi-cutter machine. Created using state-of-the-art laser sintering, jet fusion and FDM processes, the team went to particular lengths to ensure the cap top can be worn comfortably and safely for many hours by dedicated healthcare workers.

A secure elastic strap – provided by Beacon Trimmings of Coventry – holds the visor in place, and can be quickly and easily replaced to avoid contamination.

Dr Steve Iley, Chief Medical Officer for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority. It’s important we all utilise our skills, expertise and facilities to help protect NHS staff on the frontline during our country’s greatest crisis in a generation.  We can all play a part in helping those who need it most.”

The visors are assembled by a skeleton team of four Jaguar Land Rover employees in a specially designed clean area. Strict processes are in place to ensure there is no risk of contamination before the finished visors leave site.    

Jaguar Land Rover continues to work closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support. As part of ongoing consortia, Jaguar Land Rover will also support those providing vital equipment for ventilator development.

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JAGUAR LAND ROVER SEND OUT NEW VEHICLES TO FIGHT CORONAVIRUS

Jaguar and Land Rover have deployed more than 160 vehicles globally to support emergency response organisations during the coronavirus crisis.

A total of 57 vehicles including 27 New Defenders have been issued to the British Red Cross to deliver medicine and food vulnerable people across the UK who now need additional support due to social distancing rules.

Jaguar and Land Rover teams in Spain, France, South Africa and Australia have loaned vehicles to their Red Cross societies and more markets are offering help to their local teams.

This service is being provided with fleets of vehicles now available due to the postponement of launch events.

Jaguar Land Rover is working closely with the UK government and has offered its research and engineering expertise, as well as digital engineering and design, printing of 3D models and prototypes, machine learning, artificial intelligence and data science support.

Protective equipment is being donated to the NHS including wraparound safety glasses to the Royal Bolton Hospital, St James’s Hospital in Leeds and Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Finbar McFall, Jaguar Land Rover Customer Experience Director, said: “The health and safety of our employees, customers and their families remains our priority.  Jaguar and Land Rover will do everything we can to support people in need around the world. Our partnership with the Red Cross goes back 65 years and we will work hand in hand with them to do all we can during this global health emergency. We will also provide help to those closer to home in our local communities. We can all play a part in helping the vulnerable during this global pandemic.”

Simon Lewis, Head of Crisis Response, British Red Cross said: “This unprecedented global health emergency requires us all to pull together. As part of the British Red Cross response to coronavirus, we’re delving deep into the heart of communities across the UK to help strengthen support for the most vulnerable people through delivering essential food parcels and medicines to those unable to get out. 

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness shown across the country, not only by our increasing number of volunteers, but also our longstanding partners. Thanks to Land Rover’s generous support, our Emergency Response teams in the UK will be to reach even more people living in isolated communities than we could alone.”

Land Rover and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have worked together for over 65 years, helping communities prepare and respond to emergencies with disaster-preparedness projects around the world – vital at times like this.

Through its partnership with the British Red Cross, Land Rover has also helped fund emergency relief efforts through the Disaster Relief Alliance, which supports community resilience programmes in the UK and around the world, providing financial assistance immediately when disaster hits – including coronavirus. British Red Cross has already given £200,000 to support Asian countries severely affected by the pandemic.

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SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO. JAGUAR’S OLDEST DEALER – IN NEW ZEALAND …

Mark and David Shorter live in Auckland and adore Jaguars. They should because their surname heralds the name of Jaguar’s longest established current dealership in the world – Archibald and Shorter.

Mrs Shorter in XK120 RHD chassis #9.

Their grandfather emigrated from England when he was 10 years old, and became a dynamo in New Zealand. He was a taxi driver, built a fleet of Essex taxis, then chauffeur-driven cars, rental cars and became the official dealer for Auburn and Cord.

He sold hundreds of cars a year, and in 1938 William Lyons made him the distributor for New Zealand’s S.S. and later Jaguar cars.

Archibald and Shorter bought one of the new XK-SSs!

His son took over the business and continued to build it, then his five sons later managed it.

That is just the start of the tale though – and it is history-making as well as fascinating. It is not to be missed, and both Mark and David have worked with us to put this feature together.

You will be able to read it in both digital and hardcopy.

Stay safe and calm in this time of trauma.

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JAGUAR NATIONAL RALLY OFF IN PERTH

Not surprisingly, this year’s Jaguar National Rally, the premier enthusiast’s event in Australia, has been cancelled because of the threat of Corona Virus.

This a major letdown for organisers, sponsors and those in or travelling to Perth – including Bronwen and I.

We don’t know if it will held over to 2021, but feel very sorry for those who have or were driving across the vast Nullabor Desert, towing cars, or had sent them over by train.

We feel their pain.

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WE ARE BACK – CORONA VIRUS FREE!

Le Mans 1954 and Jaguar’s backroom boys take a quick break. My how times have changed.

It is certainly no laughing matter, but I am sure we all need something else beside news on Corona Virus. We are happy to supply some of that.

We have been putting news on Facebook, but have had problems with our website for some time. That has now been fixed and it is fit and healthy.

Stay tuned and it will come rushing in daily.

One of the unique stories I am working on now covers those always unsung heroes in the 1950s and early ’60s who engineered the factory C and D-Types plus other cars for private teams the factory supported including Cunningham, Lister and Ecurie Belge.

They prepared the cars at the factory, then crewed them at Le Mans, Reims, Goodwood and other iconic races.

Their names include Ted Brookes, Joe Sutton, John Lea, Les Botterill and Frank Rainbow – all quiet and highly skilled men who knew their station in life, but were those hallowed few at Jaguar Cars who were allowed to wear Jaguar’s white overalls!

Now Richard Hassan and Terry Rainbow (son of Frank and also an ex-Jaguar man) are working us to tell the story of the unsung few we have seen in period images, but didn’t know. They are the ones who created Jaguar’s hallowed 1950s racing history on the ground.

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