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The right drive for your battery cell production

At the latest since the boom in electromobility and the resulting increase in demand for batteries, battery cell production and the construction of battery plants required for it have been increasing enormously worldwide. As demand increases, so do product requirements, but at the same time battery costs are expected to fall. To meet this demand, a time- and energy-optimized production line with stable, flexible and reproducible processes is necessary.

SEW-EURODRIVE's drive and automation technology supports you along the entire battery production and assembly process as well as in intralogistics and the necessary storage processes. From gearmotors and industrial gear units to frequency inverters and software modules to fully automated assembly lines thanks to machine and factory automation - with our experience, we support you in the efficient, sustainable and future-proof production of battery cells, modules and packs.

As a reliable and strong partner, SEW-EURODRIVE provides you with optimum support for your requirements.

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Modular automation system MOVI-C® with innovative hardware and software products.
Qualified and flexible automation solutions from the proven modular system.
Reduced programming effort through the use of prefabricated software modules.
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We offer products and solutions with service and spare parts inventory for all process steps - worldwide.

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Our solutions for battery cell production

The individual process steps in battery cell production.

The production of lithium-ion battery cells is a complex process. Production involves three main process steps, which in turn consist of a long series of complex individual operations. There are three cell types: Pouch/flat cells, cylindrical and prismatic/hardcase cells. Depending on which cells are manufactured, the respective production steps differ accordingly.

  • Electrode production (mixing, coating, drying, calendering, slitting, vacuum drying)
  • Cell assembly (separating, stacking and winding, insertion into housing/packaging, electrolyte filling) and
  • Formation and aging (degassing, capping and folding).

Battery manufacturing must achieve high throughput as well as excellent quality and tremendous precision.

Our innovative drive and automation technology can reduce manufacturing costs and increase equipment availability. We have solutions for almost every process step in cell manufacturing.

Process technology solutions

A battery factory is a high-tech plant on a grand scale. The linear production process, which is also usually mirrored (for cathode and anode), requires a lot of space. Long distances have to be covered and precisely timed processes have to be maintained. No easy task for the intralogistics within the production plant!

We have various solutions and modular concepts that can be used flexibly for the special requirements in battery production:

  • Drive technology for conveyors and
  • hoists as well as
  • Mobile transport systems (AGV / FTF / AMR) that specifically meet the requirements of battery cell production, e.g. clean room compliant design.
Intralogistics solutions

Formation and aging are essential parts of the battery manufacturing process, but also the most time-consuming: here, the finished cell is charged and discharged for the first time. This takes place through the initiation of an electrochemical reaction (formation): Lithium ions begin to embed themselves in the graphite of the anode and the so-called Solid Electrolyte Interphase (SEI) is formed - only then are the batteries ready for use. This process can take up to 24 hours. The cells are then stored for 10 to 12 days for monitoring and quality assurance.

Here, a lot of storage space and correspondingly many stacker cranes are needed to store sufficient battery cells during the formation and aging process and to be able to process them further later.

Storage processes solutions


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