Creating the better battery
The Digital Enterprise helps manufacturers and machine builders with battery production and recycling
From customized, small-scale production to huge gigafactories, most of the boom in lithium-ion batteries comes from the upsurge in electromobility. To satisfy demand, battery manufacturers – and to a growing extent, automotive manufacturers – want to quickly create new, digitalized factories that operate efficiently and sustainably. The corresponding machines from OEMs have to meet numerous requirements in order to have smooth line integration – which is where Siemens comes in with its Digital Enterprise portfolio for the battery industry, from product design to production ramp up and recycling.
How can you launch the better battery faster?The production of lithium-ion batteries is facing a number of critical challenges that have to be overcome. More flexible, transparent, and efficient processes across all areas of cell, module, and pack production help ensure lasting success in battery production and shorten the time to market.
More flexible, efficient, and sustainable
The production of lithium-ion batteries is changing, as are their producers. What’s needed today is flexible manufacturing for formats and technologies. The demand for quality is growing, while the cost of batteries is expected to drop. Achieving this requires, among other things, reduced raw material consumption and energy-optimized production. In response to the growing demand, new plants and production extensions need to be implemented in even shorter periods in order to start mass production with stable, reproducible processes. The recycling of lithium-ion batteries is becoming an increasingly important activity for ensuring more sustainability.
Reduce ramp-up time of new factories
One important element is standardization. You can standardize your automation systems and machine interfaces and use open standards to shorten the ramp-up time. This makes line integration easier and faster, which results in higher performance, availability, and quality.
Shorter time to market with the digital twin
Starting with its design, you can simulate, test, and validate a machine’s performance virtually and before it’s actually built using a digital twin. The same applies to the PLC code and applications. This saves you both time and money. A Digital Twin can also be used for virtual training (for example, operator and maintenance training courses with a virtual HMI) and for virtual commissioning.
We support collaboration in ecosystems
Thanks to our global presence, Siemens can offer you a partnership ecosystem. We have experts and know-how in all the important regions who can support you on-site. Our Digital Enterprise portfolio allows global teams to closely collaborate in a virtual environment and guarantees trouble-free project execution.
Start your own battery production as an automotive manufacturer!
With the Digital Enterprise and Totally Integrated Automation, automotive manufacturers get everything they need to set up their own lithium-ion battery production – from a single source. Thanks to our decades of experience in the automotive industry, we are able to advise you and support you with our solutions from planning to optimization of the running plant.
Digitalization and automation as game-changers for the better batteryWith the Digital Enterprise portfolio and Totally Integrated Automation, Siemens supports battery manufacturers, machine builders, and automotive manufacturers on their path to a better battery by fully exploiting the potential of data, automating processes, and integrating all the stakeholders – for greater flexibility, speed, quality, and sustainability.
Fast and confident decisions with the Digital Enterprise
Digitalization and automation are game-changers in the development and production of lithium-ion batteries. The massive amount of data generated in the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) needs to be collected, understood, and used intelligently: for example, to simulate and design battery cells, optimize new production plants before they’re built, and above all, utilize valuable raw materials with no waste. You’re then able to make fast, confident decisions based on the data.
That’s just what the Digital Enterprise portfolio enables you to do by combining the real and digital worlds – thanks to our comprehensive approach using the Digital Twin. Using this approach, it’s possible to integrate the entire product lifecycle, the lifecycle of the factory or plant, and the performance data. The result is a continuous loop of optimization for both the product and production.
This powerful combination of multi-physical simulations and data analytics in a fully virtual environment provides the Digital Twin with new insights. By examining “what-if” scenarios and predicting future performance with the Digital Twin, you can make reliable decisions. The Digital Enterprise portfolio also allows you and your customers, partners, and suppliers to work together and utilize the data that’s consistently available.
Everything consistently integrated: Totally Integrated Automation
Along with digitalization, automation is a tremendous lever that the battery industry can use to overcome existing challenges. The Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) portfolio offers maximum integration and consistent data storage, global standards, and standardized interfaces – from the field level to the corporate management level and from incoming materials to outgoing products. In other words, from winding to the dispatch warehouse.
With TIA, you can easily integrate production cells from different machine builders into your lines. Thanks to the TIA Portal engineering framework and TIA components, OEMs can quickly deliver innovative machine concepts for battery production. And to make the most of your data, you can use TIA to integrate Edge and cloud computing into your production.
A comprehensive approach for the better batteryImprovements in flexibility, quality, efficiency, and time to market in battery production and in lithium-ion battery production machines can be initiated in numerous process steps. Many factors need to come together and numerous challenges have to be overcome on the journey to a better battery.
Solutions across the entire value chain
Thanks to its comprehensive, end-to-end Digital Enterprise solution for the battery production workflow that consistently uses Digital Twins, Siemens is the ideal partner to support companies in the battery industry across the entire value chain.
Simulation and optimization in the digital world
From the development of a new battery to the design of production plants, the comprehensive Digital Twin from Siemens makes it possible to simulate, test, and optimize all processes and components in a totally virtual environment. Potential problems and faults can be identified and corrected before the battery is actually produced, and the number of real prototypes can be significantly reduced.
Consistent data is the foundation for parallelizing the work of different disciplines like research, development, and mechanical engineering. Thanks to shared data, machine builders can simulate and validate their machines before they’re delivered based on the manufacturer’s specifications. This virtual commissioning reduces risks and significantly shortens the actual commissioning time.
Seamless production in the real world
When all components are simulated and validated in the digital world, production in the real world can run smoothly from the very start. The Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) concept ensures the seamless and harmonious interaction of all elements. Standardized data interfaces are used for communication between machines and also for recording and evaluating data from production for use in higher-level systems.
Siemens offers unique solutions to meet the specific requirements of the battery industry, including high-speed prismatic windings. The Battery Toolbox contains standardized and prefabricated applications that are easily adapted to specific requirements.
Data-driven optimization of production and product performance
Today’s batteries and their production generate massive amounts of data related to product utilization and performance. Our comprehensive Digital Twin integrates and analyzes this performance data to improve all digital models on an ongoing basis. It also provides in-depth information for making informed decisions in the real world.
Leveraging this information in battery production helps companies efficiently improve their products and production systems. They can even create new business opportunities on the basis of precise insights into aggregated and analyzed operational data.
Working together for successful battery productionThe Digital Enterprise portfolio from Siemens enables more transparent, efficient, and reliable processes in battery production. It covers the entire value chain in battery manufacturing, from product design and production planning to production and service. Siemens experts – who are represented in all the important battery markets around the world – will be happy to help.
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