Siemens on the future of the EV battery industry

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With a holistic approach to battery development, Siemens discusses the production solutions available to OEMs as the electric vehicle industry becomes increasingly demanding

Battery companies face the same challenges all over the world. They have to shorten their time to market; improve their flexibility, quality and efficiency; and review their business models, while at the same time taking appropriate security measures.

To achieve a shorter time to market, mass production and production expansions have to be implemented in an ever-shorter time to cope with the steadily growing demand for batteries. To achieve higher flexibility, battery manufacturing companies have to take various customer wishes into account such as management of different recipes, traceability of materials used, or changing material compositions and cell formats.

In addition to all this, the quality requirements of batteries increase as additional possible uses emerge, such as in electro-mobility or energy storage systems. Moreover, the use of raw materials also needs to be reduced to gain higher efficiency.

Siemens facilitates the efficient large-scale production of batteries with a comprehensive solution portfolio of software-based systems as well as automation and drive technology spanning the entire value chain.

The portfolio ranging from production planning and engineering software to automation and drive technology, including industrial communication networks and cloud-based solutions, helps to optimize every step of battery production and thus improve the competitiveness of battery manufacturers.

“Today we already offer our customers in the battery industry solutions comprising software, automation and drives spanning the entire value chain. Thus, as a technology partner Siemens plays a major role in shaping the strongly growing battery market with its holistic approach”, explained Jan Mrosik, CEO of the Siemens Digital Factory Division.

The company’s “green field approach” to competitive battery production means digitally developing an ideally scalable factory for battery cell production that enables smart control and creates transparency of performance with regard to quality and costs.

As a lever for these requirements, Siemens relies on the integration and digitization of the entire value chain. From designing the battery cell, to planning the production processes, to engineering, production and services. In this way, the company wants to position itself as a preferred partner in current and future projects for battery production.

With a holistic approach, Siemens continuously develops solutions for the battery market and in addition to its global setup it has the required expertise in the main markets of China, Korea, Japan, the USA and Germany.

Siemens implements solutions that offer added value to both battery producers and machine and plant builders to make them more competitive, such as with energy efficiency and transparency in production or a toolbox for developing high-performance plants.

February 27, 2018

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