PI 025-19 Lohr am Main, 2019-05-07

Scalable automation solutions for greater flexibility in battery production

Scalable automation solutions increase flexibility throughout the value creation process in battery production.

From dry room-compliant components and automation modules and systems to quality assurance and open interfaces to the Internet of Things: Rexroth offers scalable automation solutions for the entire value creation process in battery production. Even when designing prototype and small-batch ranges, the company ensures that its systems are expandable in order to make it easier for manufacturers to achieve economic mass production.

Rexroth is a globally established provider of automation solutions for battery production in various sizes and quantities. It offers cross-technology solutions for electrode production, cell production and battery module/battery pack assembly stations.

Application-specific linear guides and linear axes as well as transfer systems are suitable for cell production in dry room conditions. They ensure fault-free, permanent operation. The ActiveMover transfer system for short cycle applications is particularly suitable for feeding cells for module production where large numbers of items must be processed in a short space of time. FTS, the easy-to-integrate, contactless positioning and transfer system, makes the individual process steps easier. It takes over positioning tasks, allowing simpler machine mechanics in cell and module production.

Both in cell production and in battery module assembly, there are numerous tasks for cartesian two- and three-axis robots, also with gantry axes, e.g. for workpiece handling or pick & place applications. With its mechatronic modular system for multi-axis linear systems, Rexroth offers both a high degree of freedom for tailor-made solutions and a quick selection of pre-configured systems. The system solutions are based on the wide range of linear axes which are also available in corrosion-resistant versions.

In battery pack assembly, material transfer systems, intelligent tightening systems and manual workstations with assistance systems also allow work steps to be stabilized quickly. Because battery packs for electric and hybrid vehicles need to be tightened together while under voltage, Rexroth offers the optimum solution for worker safety with the Nexo cordless nutrunner in combination with protective insulation. The Process Quality Manager software solution immediately identifies any deviations from the set procedure.

During the last step of battery pack production, the end of line test (EOL), the battery pack is charged and then tested. Here, the universal inverter IndraDrive ML from Rexroth can be used as an active line inverter or as a DC/DC converter. The liquid-cooled version makes it possible to manufacture a very compact DC-source/sink control cabinet in which the process-related losses are efficiently removed from production. The universally applicable Rexroth Open Core Interface technology offers new possibilities for high-level language connection and enables direct access to all drive and control parameters.

All intelligent components, modules and system solutions have open interfaces to the Internet of Things and to connected environments. Data collected via sensors can be processed in Rexroth control systems, on edge or in the cloud. Users can also use app-based diagnosis options and condition monitoring solutions for high availability.

Bosch Rexroth not only works closely with suppliers – it also carries out exemplary complete projects for battery production. During individual customer projects, specialists and developers adapt the solutions and systems to meet new challenges. They take over planning, simulation and project management as well as implementation for complete intralogistics solutions and assembly lines.

Bosch Rexroth at the Battery Show Europe 2019: hall 1, booth 721

Bosch Rexroth sorgt als ein weltweit führender Anbieter von Antriebs- und Steuerungstechnologien für effiziente, leistungsstarke und sichere Bewegung in Maschinen und Anlagen jeder Art und Größenordnung. Das Unternehmen bündelt weltweite Anwendungserfahrungen in den Marktsegmenten Mobile Anwendungen, Anlagenbau und Engineering sowie Fabrikautomation. Mit intelligenten Komponenten, maßgeschneiderten Systemlösungen sowie Dienstleistungen schafft Bosch Rexroth die Voraussetzungen für vollständig vernetzbare Anwendungen. Bosch Rexroth bietet seinen Kunden Hydraulik, Elektrische Antriebs- und Steuerungstechnik, Getriebetechnik sowie Linear- und Montagetechnik einschließlich Software und Schnittstellen ins Internet der Dinge. Mit einer Präsenz in mehr als 80 Ländern erwirtschafteten mehr als 30.500 Mitarbeiter 2017 einen Umsatz von 5,5 Milliarden Euro.

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Die Bosch-Gruppe ist ein international führendes Technologie- und Dienstleistungsunternehmen mit weltweit rund 410 000 Mitarbeitern (Stand: 31.12.2018). Sie erwirtschaftete im Geschäftsjahr 2018 nach vorläufigen Zahlen einen operativen Umsatz von 77,9 Milliarden Euro. Die Aktivitäten gliedern sich in die vier Unternehmensbereiche Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods sowie Energy and Building Technology. Als führender Anbieter im Internet der Dinge (IoT) bietet Bosch innovative Lösungen für Smart Home, Smart City, Connected Mobility und Industrie 4.0. Mit seiner Kompetenz in Sensorik, Software und Services sowie der eigenen IoT Cloud ist das Unternehmen in der Lage, seinen Kunden vernetzte und domänenübergreifende Lösungen aus einer Hand anzubieten. Strategisches Ziel der Bosch-Gruppe sind Lösungen für das vernetzte Leben. Mit innovativen und begeisternden Produkten und Dienstleistungen verbessert Bosch weltweit die Lebensqualität der Menschen. Bosch bietet „Technik fürs Leben“. Die Bosch-Gruppe umfasst die Robert Bosch GmbH und ihre rund 440 Tochter- und Regionalgesellschaften in 60 Ländern. Inklusive Handels- und Dienstleistungspartnern erstreckt sich der weltweite Fertigungs-, Entwicklungs- und Vertriebsverbund von Bosch über fast alle Länder der Welt. Basis für künftiges Wachstum ist die Innovationskraft des Unternehmens. Bosch beschäftigt weltweit rund 69 500 Mitarbeiter in Forschung und Entwicklung an 125 Standorten.

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