May 16, 2020

Airbus partners with Accenture for productivity efficiency on A330 assembly line

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Accenture
A330
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Sophie Chapman
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Airbus applies Accenture technology to reduce time and costs of resolving issues
The professional service firm, Accenture, has deployed its remote-support offering on the assembly line of Airbus’ A330 airliner.

The France-based ai...

The professional service firm, Accenture, has deployed its remote-support offering on the assembly line of Airbus’ A330 airliner.

The France-based aircraft manufacturer has implemented the remote-support offering to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Accenture’s smartphone application uses video technology that allows mobile operators in the aircraft and those in the office to communicate.

The fast, high-quality communication can ensure those in the office guide mobile operators to resolve issues in the aircraft quickly, reducing assembly costs through time efficient decision-making less non-productive time.

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Prior to these technology developments, to resolves aircraft issues, mobile operators would have to send emails, photos, or other forms of media to make workers in the office aware.

96% of SightCall video technology users reported that the remote-support offering reduced time to solve issues.

The average time to manage aircraft issues with the Accenture technology has been reduced by 60 minutes.

“We look forward to continuing to innovate and deliver new solutions that help aerospace manufacturers improve productivity and reduce costs,” reported Julio Juan Prieto, Managing Director for Aerospace & Defense practice at Aerospace.

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Automotive
2 min
Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

 

What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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