The KMUProduction.NET research project pursued the overall objective of enabling small and medium-sized companies from North Rhine-Westphalia to produce components, electrical and small vehicles. By positioning the research project in the environment of the innovation platform for StreetScooter electric vehicles, 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 selected approach focused on the integrated development of product and process kits in the field of electromobility. Thus, the research project strengthens the perception of North Rhine-Westphalia as a competence center for electric mobility.
IBG participated effectively in the “Battery” sub-project, which was involved in the development of a scalable and variable production system. The objective was to enable series production of battery packs at low investment costs. A central component of the project was the development of a semi-automated production system for the assembly and functional testing of battery packs. In addition to the desire for high process reliability, the focus was on variability, so that different battery packs with different cell types can be produced with the same system and short changeover times.
Both the concept development of a battery pack designed for the serial process and the development of a cost-effective and scalable production process were successfully implemented. A product and a production demonstrator were set up for validation. Valuable experience was accumulated from this.
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.
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