Batteries and other electrical energy storage devices play a key role in the electromobility sector. They determine the reliability, power and price of a system to a large degree. The massive progress made in the field of e-mobility is seeing new production facilities for high-performance batteries springing up everywhere. mk is supporting this process with tailored, high-performance and cost-efficient solutions for plant interlinking.
The lithium-ion battery is currently the leading battery technology and is produced as a prismatic, cylindrical or “pouch” cell. These types of cell can be found in practically every battery application, from small electrical devices to stationary storage systems. However, their use in electric vehicles is deemed to be essential. Here, the individual battery cells are assembled into modules, then multiple modules are combined into battery packs, which are finally integrated into the vehicle. Following their use, they are fed into the reuse or recycling process.
Products from mk are used throughout the entire battery production process chain. From precise handling of individual cells to transporting complete battery packs, mk ensures the compatibility of the various production lines and thus smooth automation.
Starting at goods receipt, the individual cells must be delivered rapidly and dynamically for further processing. For the initial testing (reading the DMC code, cleaning, electronic and visual check, rejection of defective cells), the precise separation and positioning of cells is essential. Conveyor systems such as the mk Versaflex and mk Versamove ensure high cycle times with extraordinary precision, and without any electrostatic charging.
During the subsequent assembly of the cell modules into battery packs, a high degree of repeatability and positioning accuracy in a controlled environment is crucial. Likewise, tailored transfer and handling systems from mk ensure the safe integration of the finished battery packs, which can weigh up to 300 kg/m, into the vehicle.
Our subsidiary mkf efficiently handles further modules for assembly automation and testing technology tasks, as well as any cleanroom process steps. The experts at mkf also specialise in the field of cell production (mixing, coating, drying, separating, gripping or extracting vapours).
Round battery cells are fed into the assembly process for the production of battery packs and must be transported position-oriented to another level. The goods to be transported should flow smoothly, i.e. should be transported without a pallet, with maximum throughput and high process reliability.
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