On the morning of March 19, the 14th China International Battery Technology Fair/Exhibition (CIBF2021), the largest exhibition in the international battery industry, opened at the Shenzhen Convention and Exhibition Center, with more than 1,300 exhibitors from home and abroad. Rockwell Automation was invited to the exhibition and displayed a number of leading innovations in automation, digitization and intelligence, providing new solutions for the construction and operation and maintenance of digital super battery factories.
Rockwell Automation booth site
The electric vehicle market has grown rapidly in recent years. Data shows that by 2040, 6 out of every 10 new cars sold will be electric vehicles. The latest “Monthly Report on China’s New Energy Vehicle Industry in January-February 2021” shows that in February 2021, the production and sales of new energy vehicles in the country will be 124,000 and 110,000 respectively, an increase of 7.2 times and 5.8 times year-on-year, respectively.
The huge market demand for new energy vehicles has triggered fierce competition between new and old car brands. To improve the production efficiency of batteries or electric vehicles, it is inseparable from data and information-oriented digital production and intelligent operation and maintenance. Minimize cost and risk while accelerating production. In addition, battery technology is more iterative than gasoline vehicle engines, and companies need to deploy flexible production systems to quickly complete conversions when demand or technology changes.
“In the context of the transformation of the automotive industry to new energy, battery factories urgently need to improve their competitiveness through digital and intelligent solutions, experience and capabilities. Rockwell Automation has long been committed to helping enterprises achieve automation, digitization and In the transformation of intelligent manufacturing, advanced technology and rich experience can systematically empower battery manufacturers to build digital super battery factories.” said Mr. Dai Pengfei, Dean of Rockwell Automation Intelligent Manufacturing Innovation Research Institute.
Mr. Dai Pengfei, Dean of Rockwell Automation Intelligent Manufacturing Innovation Research Institute, was interviewed by the media
He also pointed out that battery factories need to increase the speed of battery production as much as possible to meet the geometric increase in demand, and at the same time use tracking and traceability functions to consistently provide high-quality and safe batteries, and also need to be able to adjust the production line in real time to follow The pace of rapid development of battery technology.
Focusing on the production scenarios and needs of the digital super battery factory, Rockwell Automation focused on three technical solutions at this exhibition, namely “independent car technology”, “industrial Internet of things solutions”, “simulation and simulation software solutions”. Scheme”, which can help battery factories achieve higher standards in four directions: safety, energy saving, environmental protection and high efficiency.
Among them, the Independent Cart Technology uses magnets to precisely control movement in a frictionless propulsion manner, eradicating the generation of metal debris during transport, reducing parts that require maintenance, and reducing energy consumption. The Industrial Internet of Things solution (FactoryTalk InnovationSuite) has become a powerful booster for the operation and management of battery manufacturing enterprises by quickly linking equipment, applications and various data sources throughout the battery manufacturing plant, guided by the digital thread. The simulation and simulation software solution (Emulate3D) uses technology such as digital twin to simulate and model, which can perform predictive maintenance on equipment, reduce the difficulty of troubleshooting, etc., and even simulate the limit state of manufacturing systems.
To date, Rockwell Automation has completed the design, installation and commissioning of more than 4,000 automotive manufacturing projects worldwide. Facing the promising future, Rockwell Automation, as a leader in intelligent manufacturing, will continue to focus on technological innovation, join hands with more battery companies, and create safer and more environmentally friendly technologies for enterprises through leading automation, digitalization and intelligent technologies. , energy-saving and high-efficiency super battery factories, enhance the global competitiveness of enterprises, and promote the digitalization and intelligent manufacturing transformation and upgrading of the new energy industry.