Battery manufacturing

Automation for battery production

Wherever you produce your batteries, Festo is there for you. With the right expertise and products, and top service to match too. We have proven ourselves many times over in a variety of projects for leading battery manufacturers. As a one-stop shop for all tasks, we offer a complete range of copper-free, zinc-free components for battery production that are suitable for use in dry rooms.

Speed and precision for your battery manufacturing processes

From cells and module production to inserting the battery systems, Festo has high-speed, ready-to-install, tried-and-tested handling systems for the entire battery manufacturing process.

Success story: battery manufacturing of the future

Electric vehicles are setting a trend. However, their success depends on high-performing and cost-effective batteries. In the UK, the pilot project AMPLiFII at WMG is laying the foundations for a new generation of traction batteries. The project includes innovative automation technology from Horizon Instruments with a Festo pick & place solution.

Click here to read the full success story.

FAQ on copper-free products

What does ‘copper-free’ mean at Festo?

Generally speaking, there are no binding and explicit standards for copper-free products as required in battery manufacturing. Festo therefore adheres to criteria commonly used in the market. We have had extensive discussions with our customers about the requirements that copper-free products need to fulfil. This has resulted in the following guidelines according to which copper-free products at Festo mean that:

  • bearings, guides and all other parts that are subject to friction are completely copper-free
  • the amount of copper included in the alloys used for all other parts of the product is reduced to a minimum.

Cables, motors, printed circuit boards and pilot valves are excluded from the copper-free requirement.

Which products are copper-free?

Around 95% of our standard products are already free of copper. For example, cylinder guides are frequently made of polymer.

Catalogue of copper-free products (PDF)

In addition, we have optimised other products specifically for use in dry rooms and have replaced components containing copper with copper-free versions. An overview of the copper-free products from Festo can be found in the special catalogue “Copper-free pneumatic and electric components". Even if you can't find the copper-free variant you’re looking for in the catalogue, there’s almost always a simple solution. Just ask your contact person at Festo.

Which products are available from stock?

Around half of our copper-free products are part of the core product range and are identified with a full blue star. This means they are always in stock worldwide and are ready to be shipped within 24 hours.

When do I need copper-free products?

There are no binding industry standards that you have to comply with. Nor does the roadmap of the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) include any relevant information up to now.

Copper-free solutions are therefore a question of quality assurance. Even minimal contamination with abraded copper can cause problems when producing lithium-ion batteries. The copper particles react with the aluminium electrodes, which impairs performance and results in the formation of crystals. Crystals and other electrically conductive particles that are larger than 5 to 10 µm can perforate the separator foil and cause short circuits.

If you're uncertain whether your application requires copper-free components, our application experts will be happy to provide you with quick and reliable advice and assistance.

Are the products suitable for use in a dry room?

Yes. You can use our standard components in dry room environments without any worries. We know this from laboratory tests and from our experience with test systems as well as in industrial production applications. The tests were conducted under ambient conditions with a dew point of –65 °C. In all cases, products from Festo retain their quality characteristics in the dry room, especially where wear and performance are concerned.

Expertise to download

For the promising future market of electric vehicles, battery production is the critical factor. Be part of the move to unlock the full potential – with automation technology from Festo.

Brochure to download

Electric vehicles: electrification of the powertrain (PDF)

Automations solutions for battery production (PDF)

Case studies from the electronics industry

The race for efficient systems is already well under way. Our observations indicate that efficient automation can considerably reduce costs in battery manufacturing.
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