Case Study

AUTOMOTIVE BATTERY COOLING AUTOMATION


The Challenge

Our client, a leading player in the automotive industry, embarked on a pioneering journey to revolutionize electric vehicles by introducing a completely new product — the cooling cells for their electric batteries. However, this project presented an unprecedented challenge. The process of creating these cooling cells had never been done before, and our client found themselves in uncharted territory. Grappling with unfamiliar production techniques, intensive research and development requirements, and the need for specialized expertise, they sought a partner who could navigate this complex landscape with dexterity and precision. Moreover, the high stakes involved in the project — both in terms of financial investment and the potential to disrupt the electric vehicle market — made it imperative that they get it right the first time. Faced with these formidable challenges, our client turned to us for our innovative engineering solutions, extensive experience in product development, and our track record of delivering results in high-pressure, high-stakes environments. They needed a partner who could not only deliver on their vision but also help them overcome the obstacles that lay ahead.

Our Solution

The team at Eagle Manufacturing designed and fabricated a fully automated machine that would take aluminum cans from a variety of manufacturers and organize them into recipes created by our customer. Using a mix of conveyors, diverters, and gantry robots we are able to create multiple recipes at once with minimal to no downtime. This smart machine is able to track data, create custom recipes, and detect issues to prevent unwanted downtime. This system was integrated with top manufacturers such as Festo, Mitsubishi, and Keyence to provide a hands-free fully automated machine.


The machine operator can put any combination of cans in one end of the machine and the other end will produce continue to produce the correct recipe as long as the correct cans are in the system. Unopened cans are reused and recirculated, utilizing machine vision we can determine if a can is damaged and take it out of the system before it is added to a finished tray.

Benefits

Improved output, workflow, data tracking, and process organization. We were able to produce data that will integrate with the customer’s existing ERP system, allowing for consistent and familiar output for the management team.

Services Utilized

  • Robotic Pick and Place
  • Machine Vision
  • Data Collection
  • Material Handling
  • Part Inspection
  • Case Packing