Amada Miyachi Europe introduces AWS3 resistance welding system
Amada Miyachi Europe has announced the availability of the AWS3 Active Welding System 3, an integrated resistance welding solution that provides process control, monitoring, and quality analysis. The AWS3 can be used alone as a benchtop system or easily integrated into a production line.
The AWS3 Servo Motorised Active Welding System is available in a basic or an advanced version, with built-in remote services capabilities, and can be combined with motor and welding controls. It facilitates integrated process control of all electrical and mechanical parameters, including current, voltage, power, time, force, velocity and position. These systems feature an operating panel, a welding control, a motor control, and one or two weld heads or weld pincers combined into one premium system that enables quick and precise parameter settings. Six adaptive process controls are available for duty cycle, closing time, squeeze time, weld force, process tools and parts conditioning.
Also available in basic or advanced configuration is the AWS3 Pneumatic Active Welding System, which includes an ISQ20 inverter, which controls pneumatic weld heads, pneumatic pincers, or compacting units. It offers automatic calculation and monitoring of critical values, programming of weld power and weld force profiles, as well as static and dynamic process monitoring. Displacement and force monitoring is available as an extra feature in the advanced configuration.
Both AWS3 versions feature an intuitive multi-lingual user interface with an interactive user guide. The option to capture data on board or on a USB drive for storing parameters, system configuration, data logging, screenshots and other features makes the system even more user-friendly.
Remote services allow customers to control multiple devices on-site and enable Amada Miyachi Europe experts to perform maintenance and provide technical service from a distance, minimising maintenance cost and ensuring maximum uptime.
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Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery 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.