The rapid expansion of electro-mobility offers a unique opportunity for friction stir welding (FSW) to expand in the high-volume automotive manufacturing market.
Friction stir welded aluminium battery enclosures are already used by large volume electric vehicle OEM’s and continue to be the preferred fabrication assembly technique in the upcoming generation of affordable electric cars.
In 2030 the International Energy Agency are predicting sales reaching 43 million cars per year. Based on the current design, this would require approximately 400,000 kilometres of FSW joints.
FSW also offers solutions through cable joining, copper to aluminium joints and encapsulation of cooling channels for power electronics.
This huge demand for FSW technology is driving developments in product design, high productivity, automated manufacturing cells, cost effective FSW tools, inspection and quality assurance.
This is a special session where companies will present on their products and services provided to the Automotive sector meeting the demands of electrification including such areas as:
- Machine configurations
- Cycle times
- Part handling
- Process Control
- Data logging and capture
- Special features