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Your strategic partner for electromobility

The term ‘electromobility’ denotes the application of electric propulsion for the transport of people and goods. The advancement of battery electric powertrains has demanded a variety of innovative approaches to electromobility, in response to complex challenges related to materials, battery and joining technology. 

October 5, 2020

As automotive platforms have evolved to focus on the development of battery electric vehicles (BEV), batteries have become an integrated part of the vehicle structure. Lithium-ion is the primary technology in current use but nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries may be used (predominantly in hybrid vehicles). The chemical hazards are complex, owing to the wide variety of substances and different combinations of materials used. Consequently, there is a higher risk of exposure to hazardous substances during battery manufacture and possibly during vehicle assembly, if the batteries are damaged unintentionally.

In addition, the risks associated with extremely high DC voltages and electromagnetic fields demand that operator safety during battery assembly is the top priority. Atlas Copco enables manufacturers to mitigate risk through a range of measures, which include fully isolated sockets and quick change adapters, as well as insulated tool covers and ‘Slip-Off’ protection for handheld electric assembly tools.

When it comes to volume manufacturing, therefore, ensuring a safe environment is fundamental to Atlas Copco’s electromobility philosophy. Every step of the process requires safe and secure joining solutions with 100% repeatable accuracy, in order to shield the sensitive battery cells from both impact and excessive heat.

Battery module assembly involves a number of materials, each fulfilling a particular purpose, such as thermal conductivity and protective bracing. A flexible joining solution for both soft and hard joints is crucial in achieving an assembly process which reduces time and weight, whilst ensuring joint integrity and durability.

Equally, battery servicing demands that cells can be accessed during their service life. This requires a removable cover, which is joined to the battery module tray via Atlas Copco’s innovative heated sealing and reversible flow drill fastening.

In every process, Atlas Copco solutions provide total uniformity, error-proofing and full traceability, giving reassurance to manufacturers.

Atlas Copco is your strategic partner for electromobility. Take a look at our video to see how we can help.

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