SME-compliant component and electric vehicle production in NRW

The research project KMUProduction.NET with a total running time of two and a half years pursued the overriding goal of enabling small and medium-sized companies from NRW to produce component, electric and small vehicle production. By positioning the research project in the environment of the innovation platform of the electric vehicle StreetScooter, practice-oriented solutions in the areas of bodywork, battery, chassis and outer shell were developed, thus sustainably strengthening the competencies of the project partners for the future-oriented field of electromobility. The chosen approach focused on the integrated development of product and process kits in the field of electromobility. Thus, the research project strengthens the perception of NRW as a competence center for electric mobility.

IBG participated sustainably in the "Battery" sub-project, which was involved in the development of a scalable and variable production system. This should allow for low investment costs, the series production of battery packs. A central component of the project was the development of a semi-automated production system for assembly and functional testing of battery packs. In addition to the desire for high process reliability, the focus was on variability, so that with the same system different battery packs with different cell types can be produced with short changeover times.

Both the concept development of a battery pack designed for the series process and the development of a cost-effective and scalable production process were successfully implemented. For validation, a product and a production demonstrator were set up. Here, valuable experience was gained.

The insights gained in this project provide an important basis for the development of battery systems that are to be manufactured using an automated system.


Production demonstrator when mounting a submodule

Mounting device

Research and project partners in the sub-project "Batteries":

  • RWTH Aachen University
  • Werkzeugmaschinenlabor (WZL)
  • IBG Automation GmbH
  • IBG Robotronic GmbH
  • STAC
  • StreetScooter
  • Air Energy
  • Institut für Stromrichtertechnik und Elektrische Antriebe der RWTH Aachen (iSEA)

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