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DATA-DRIVEN BATTERY PRODUCTION

Digitize your battery production to improve ROI, resilience and flexibility.

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Automate Your Battery Cell Production

The most successful battery manufacturers rely on Turck technology. Benefit from the data of your automation system for maximum production efficiency and maximum availability with faultless product quality. 

The growth of battery production is rapidly accelerating worldwide. This trend is being driven by the energy and mobility transition. One thing is certain: The next 20 years of battery production will be considerably different to the last 20 years. 

The processes and technologies for manufacturing battery cells will further develop in the years to come. There will be changes, including new raw materials, modified blending and coating processes or new processes for calendering and winding. But how can battery cell manufacturers prepare existing and future production facilities for this dynamic phase and dramatically shortened innovation cycles? 

Turck has the answer: with smart automation technology, data-driven process optimization and flexible production systems. RFID identification technology, for example, helps to increase the yield of existing plants and process safety and product quality at the same time. Smart automation with condition monitoring indicates problems early on and thus allows the implementation of predictive maintenance measures, thus increasing availability and the overall efficiency of a plant (OEE). Decentralized automation technology with robust cabinet-free IP67 systems simplifies the building of modular production plants for the later regrouping of machinery or the relocation of capacities.

Three Loading Columns for Production Efficiency

The digitization of automation and production technology offers many benefits. Use this to improve the output and quality of existing plants – and set the benchmark for battery cell production plants.

Production traceability

The energy density of batteries can be compared to explosives. Faulty batteries can thus be quite dangerous and risky. Production that tracks and documents, every raw material, every product and every production step guarantees battery cells of the highest quality. Error-free production can be proven by track-and-trace systems in cases of doubt. 

Turck has almost 20 years of experience with HF and UHF RFID solutions in the production environment. Hardly any other automation supplier can offer such a comprehensive RFID range and unique technologies such as HF bus mode.

Overall equipment effectiveness (OEE)

The costs of a product and the profitability of a production process heavily depend on the availability of its production equipment. This is another reason why increasing the overall efficiency of equipment is a key goal in battery manufacturing. The goals are to minimize unplanned machine downtimes and eliminate material bottlenecks.

Turck automation technology enables you to master both challenges: You can extensively monitor machine states to plan predictive maintenance, while RFID identification technology improves your database for material procurement.

Flexible production

The number of battery cell types is also increased with the different battery applications. Currently built production equipment should therefore be prepared for future adaptions, both mechanically and in terms of automation. Modular plant concepts are the royal road to greater flexibility.

Decentralized I/O and control solutions in IP67, combined with flexible and fast Industrial Ethernet communication, allows plant modules to be quickly re-arranged. Controlled by decentralized PLCs and safety controllers, factory acceptance tests of new plant modules can already be carried out at the manufacturer, thus shortening commissioning in the entire plant at the user's site.

IIoT Solutions for Battery Manufacturing

Turck has developed unique technologies and solutions to put your production at the forefront of your industry.

 
RFID HF Bus Mode for Efficient Production Tracking

RFID HF Bus Mode for Efficient Production Tracking

Identification solutions for production facilities often require many read-write points arranged over short distances. HF bus mode enables you to connect up to 32 RFID read/write devices in series for the first time – quickly and easily with a T-piece with preassembled cables – and operate them on a single RFID port. This gives you three advantages:

  • less time required for commissioning thanks to automatic address assignment
  • lower costs, as fewer lines and RFID ports are required
  • greater availability, as read-write devices can be easily replaced by identical devices in the event of damage 
Field Logic Controller for Decentralized Automation

Field Logic Controller for Decentralized Automation

No other supplier has such a comprehensive range of solutions for IP67 cabinet-free automation and decentralized control and logic. Starting with IP67 block I/O modules with integrated logic control through edge controllers and safety controllers to powerful IP67 PLCs. The result:

  • shortened commissioning times thanks to minimized mechanical work and wiring
  • cost savings due to reduction of central control capacity
  • greater availability due to maximum robustness
 
IO-Link from a Single Source for Better Production Data

IO-Link from a Single Source for Better Production Data

IO-Link provides the data to monitor the condition of your machines and plan maintenance intervals in advance. For example, IO-Link also transmits operating hours or internal temperature values from sensors in addition to user data. Unusually high temperatures can herald mechanical problems. Turck's IO-Link portfolio is one of the most complete portfolios on the market – from sensors (IO-Link devices) to hubs and IO-Link masters. For the simple handling of IO-Link systems Turck offers unique solutions such as Simple IO-Link Device Integration (SIDI).

TAS – Software for IIoT and More

TAS – Software for IIoT and More

TAS stands for Turck Automation Suite. The IIoT platform enables you to get everything from your Turck devices and benefit from a complete solution for updates, device management and smart sensors. TAS will offer extensive IIoT functions for services such as condition monitoring or edge control on PCs or local servers.TAS already today simplifies the management and commissioning of Turck devices in Industrial Ethernet networks, as well as ARGEE logic software and Turck's BEEP protocol for the reduction of IP addresses. The TAS IIoT platform also enables you to carry out thorough feasibility studies for RFID systems.

Webinar: Data-driven battery production

How digitized automation improves battery production 

On April 26, our battery production experts will explain in a live-webinar how smart automation technology can maximize the efficiency and profitability of your battery cell production  

Key facts:

  • Topics: Production tracking with RFID and IO-Link as a data source for better OEE. 
  • Language: English 
  • Time: April 26, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. CEST as well as at 4:00 p.m. CEST.  
  • Duration: 45 min. including questions 
  • The webinar recording will be sent to all registered participants afterwards 

Please choose your favorite time:

Proven Solutions for Better Battery Production

Turck has been a worldwide partner for battery manufacturers for a long time. We have developed a large number of solutions in the course of these partnerships that can also bring your production forward – see for yourself. 

Battery Manufacturing: IO-Link Fluid Sensors Monitor Calendering

IO-Link complete solution guarantees production quality by monitoring roll pressure, temperature and diameter when calendering electrodes

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RFID Tracking of Battery Raw Materials via OPC UA

RFID system from a single source guarantees reliable processes – even with high throughput and complex processes with large variance

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RFID BUS MODE ENSURES THE QUALITY OF LITHIUM ION BATTERIES

HF bus mode offers impressive performance with high data transmission for each read position at low cost and fast commissioning thanks to automatic address assignment

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DETECTION OF LEAD CYLINDERS IN BATTERY PRODUCTION

Decentralized signal processing on the I/O module enables fault detection in 10 milliseconds at the highest process speeds

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Selected Products for the Production of Battery Cells

Condition Monitoring

Condition monitoring sensors detect critical environmental conditions, such as humidity, temperature, and vibrations. And the devices from the CCM product series evaluate the data, using the customer's own programming if required.

Complete M12 Power Portfolio

Our I/O modules for Ethernet (PROFINET, EtherNet/IP, Modbus TCP, EtherCAT) are equipped with M12 Power supply units as standard. They round off our M12 Power range of junction boxes, connection cables and IP67 power supplies.

Edge Controller and I/O Solutions

Turck provides one of the most diverse ranges of edge controllers, namely controllers with cloud connections, with or without displays. Our IP20 or IP67 I/O solutions also bring logic to the field, fully replacing the PLC or taking over some of its functionality.

RFID Readers, Read/Write Heads and Interfaces

Turck's identification systems offer suitable solutions to meet all performance, location and distance requirements. Few other automation partners can handle both production and logistics IDs equally well.

Safety Modules with Integrated Safety Controllers

IP67 block I/Os enable safety functions to be implemented without switch cabinets. Safety applications can be tested offline using their safety controller and controlled in a decentralized way during live operation.

Smart Sensors

Turck's inductive proximity switches are considered to be the de facto standard for bodywork construction in the automotive industry. Our encoders, photoelectric sensors and the Fluid+ series of sensors show that this good reputation is well-deserved.

Ask Our Experts

We have experts in battery cell production in the most important markets worldwide. Do not hesitate and ask about our solutions to your particular challenge.

Our expers (f.l.t.r.):

Chol Seung (Chuck) Choi, Korea | Jae-Hyun (Henry) Bae, Korea | Chien-Hsun (Josh) Chuang, APAC | Zhen-Rong Hu, China | Peng Wang, China

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