Siemens joins US start-up in optimising battery manufacturing at scale

Siemens has teamed up with Voltaiq to accelerate battery manufacturing. Advanced analytics and real-time monitoring are expected to help companies rapidly scale operations.

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Specifically, the cooperation comes through Siemens Digital Industries Software and its trademarked Insights Hub. Combined with Voltaiq’s Enterprise Battery Intelligence (EBI), which Siemens considers a pioneer in battery-focused analytics platforms, the partners expect to offer industrial IoT solutions running from initial testing to full-scale production lines. This is to ensure and control quality, increase production output, increase efficiency, and lower cost.

These are also the main challenges companies face in the critical finishing stage of battery production, which makes up a significant portion of the production costs and time, according to Siemens. The new solution is to reduce these risk associated with discovering problems late in the production cycle, where yield and profitability are most likely to suffer, adds Voltaiq.

Voltaiq’s solution detects signals in electrochemical and manufacturing data to spot battery problems in real-time so they can correct upstream issues earlier in the process. This “real-time battery behaviour” relies on electrochemical analytics, rapid simulations and improving designs.

In a detailed blog post, Siemens further specifies options for digital twins to model issues on the factory and product level and analytics.

Moreover, Voltaiq’s technology can identify cell anomalies in the first formation cycle, which is days or weeks before many cell anomalies are typically detected through traditional quality assessment, Siemens stresses. At the same time, the solution is comparable with existing formation cycling equipment and can be realised in less than one month.

“The battery industry is struggling to scale and needs to improve quality and decrease scrap rates rapidly in order to stay competitive,” says Tal Sholklapper, CEO and Co-Founder of Voltaiq. “By joining forces with Siemens, we’re able to deliver a complete solution to help accelerate toward an electrified future.”

“By integrating our efforts, we not only help to enhance operational decision-making but also assist our customers to accelerate the digital transformation of organisations, contributing to a new era in battery manufacturing,” says Raymond Kok, SVP and Managing Director, Cloud and Edge Foundational Services, Siemens Digital Industries CTO.,


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