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Sustainability is Driving Change for Electric Vehicle Manufacturing


The environmental crisis is driving the shift to produce new energy vehicles, including plug-in hybrids (PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV). Technology is vital in enabling the changes required for efficient CNC machining of EV manufactured parts. Adopting the right manufacturing technology will be critical in making the transition successful and a commercial success.

Based on the expectations of governments and consumers, bold decisions will need to be made by vehicle manufactures. Tough choices surround EV platform design, including balancing the need to reduce material costs with higher capital expenditure and maximizing volume where possible.

Product design changes are happening frequently as vehicle manufactures seize the latest developments within the industry, and change is happening so rapidly that manufacturers are using existing chassis and platforms as interim solutions. Flexibility is vital at every stage of the manufacturing process.

Accelerated EV development will result in new design challenges and a shift toward flexible and adaptable manufacturing practices. SPRINT™ technology's high-speed data collection and scanning capabilities open new opportunities for machine tool users.

SPRINT technology offers unparalleled on-machine measurement accuracy and high-speed data collection, making it invaluable in many stages of the machining process. From checking machine performance, reducing part set-up times or solving complex alignments, through to on-machine verification of features, in-process control or adaptive machining of parts.

The technology can measure the critical features of EV parts such as battery cell components, seals, drive trains, gearboxes, and housings. On-machine scanning can reduce overall cycle time and offline inspection bottlenecks. This delivers increased throughput and provides confidence of part tolerances prior to final inspection.

Competition is high within the industry, so ensuring manufacturing processes are as efficient and automated as possible gives vehicle manufactures an edge. Connectivity, and autonomous technology, will increasingly allow EV manufacturers to move forward with process improvement, and this is where SPRINT technology could significantly help to achieve your goals.

Integration of SPRINT technology early on in the development of new automated manufacturing lines will ensure the highest level of in-process control.

In this white paper, discover how Renishaw’s smart manufacturing technologies are helping our automotive customers on the road from ICE to EV.

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