One aspect that is often left out of the discussions about e-mobility is the corresponding transformation in car production: Planners must establish new solutions that enable efficient and holistic manufacturing of “e-components” in significantly higher unit volumes. EMAG Systems is prepared for this!
The number of electric cars on German streets is and remains small. The Center of Automotive Management (CAM) estimates that only 68,000 electric cars were sold in Germany last year—a growth of 26% from the previous year.
Many experts do not expect larger increases in turnover within the next two or three years, when the number of electric car models will grow. What does this mean for production planning of key e-components such as rotors, electric motor shafts, etc.—how should automotive manufacturers prepare today for the coming growth? “This is a question that we have been working on for many years,” says Dr. Achim Feinauer, COO of the EMAG Group. “We have been focusing on many production tasks revolving around hybridization and e-mobility for quite some time. That is why we are able to offer tailor-made turnkey solutions for many complex components today. It is also becoming increasingly apparent that our customers are searching for comprehensive solutions. Therefore, we have geared this year’s Technology Forum entirely towards this transformation. We want to provide guidance and propose solutions.”
EMAG Systems offers Comprehensive Solutions
The new “EMAG Systems” group shows the range of approaches that the specialists adopt in the face of the increasingly important task of “e-mobility”. In the future, it will be acting as a full-service provider for planning, simulation, and implementation of complex production lines, in which all machining processes work perfectly in a complete system. The solutions not only contain a variety of EMAG technologies, but also allow for technologies and services from third-party suppliers to be included. To achieve this, a main point of contact is appointed to our customer, and is always available at EMAG Systems to answer all questions and take on any challenge. Bernhard Böttigheimer, Managing Director of EMAG Systems GmbH, will provide more information about this during his presentation at our Technology Forum. More information here…
E-mobility Moves to the Center
Everything from a single source—this approach is particularly interesting for workpieces from the field of e-mobility, as current examples have clearly shown. For instance, EMAG has already designed a production line for soft machining, hardening, and hard machining of an electric motor shaft. The comprehensive solution with its 10 operations is presented in detail in this short video:
At the Technology Forum, EMAG will also introduce other solutions that are specifically aimed at suppliers. This will address the potential offered by electric motor workpieces in contract manufacturing, and much more. More information here…
Additionally, we will also have examples of how EMAG technology can be implemented for e-mobility in areas other than automotive production. For instance, EMAG ECM has recently developed a new production solution for a complex e-bike drive shaft. With our CI machine, drilling and broaching are performed on the component by means of electrochemical machining, achieving the maximum amount of component surface quality.
Highly Flexible Production Lines
An important issue for the future of automotive production is the flexibility of the manufacturing systems used— especially with respect to e-mobility, for it is far from clear what the electric motor in passenger vehicles will look like ten years from now. In this context, EMAG is relying on multifunctional machines and simple and reliable automation systems —this combination leads to extremely flexible and quickly adaptable systems. This allows users to integrate additional processes in individual machines as required and the line itself is scalable: New machines can be integrated into the process at any time. Making every line a future-proof solution. The same also applies to the IT networking of EMAG machines. EMAG is actively working on digitalizing its production technology, as shown in this video below. Today a portfolio of software tools that can be used to optimize a production site in a targeted manner is already available.
“We are working on many fine-tuning parameters at the same time to provide our customers with even more flexible, efficient and future-proof production systems,” explains Dr. Achim Feinauer to conclude. “The bundling of project management within EMAG Systems facilitates many processes. In particular against the backdrop of a dynamic transformation, customers express the need for a single area of responsibility with a single contact when it comes to mechanical engineering. This is a requirement that we fully satisfy.”
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