INNOVATIVE VACUUM TECHNOLOGY FOR LITHIUM-ION BATTERY PRODUCTION
"The high pressure to reduce costs forces producers of lithium-ion batteries to continually improve product quality, process reliability and output volumes in the production of these high-performance energy storage devices. The latter is achieved through innovative technologies in the area of automation and handling: electrodes, separators and entire cells must be stacked, buffered, fed and separated in pick and place processes. And this must occur quickly, reliably, reproducibly, exactly and free of contamination. Especially in the case of ceramic or synthetic components, conventional gripper systems quickly reach their limits. The vacuum grip-pers developed by Schmalz specifically for this purpose are perfectly suited for application with these sensitive battery components in high-speed processes. For exact positioning, free of damage and contamination. Design features like the large suction surface provide for a strong hold despite low vacuum levels required for handling such sensitive components. These features have successfully undergone contamination tests by Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart. The wide range of Schmalz`s standard components allows the individual configuration of gripper solutions, for example using the low-marking and electrolyte-resistant grippers made of FPM. The high-performing compact ejectors from the SMPi series allow full process control and reliability. The SMPi, being the fi rst vacuum generator on the market, features the future-proof IO-link technology."