Of particular relevance to the success of electromobility is the guarantee of a nationwide charging infrastructure, which, with an increasing number of electric vehicles, can only be achieved by a correspondingly extensive provision of suitable charging points. The process of manufacturing these charging points involves the assembly of numerous flexible components and small electronic parts that cannot be significantly automated without extensive effort. Due to the unfavorable cost-benefit ratio to date, the installation and connection of the electrical, electronic, mechanical and optical components was largely carried out by production employees and/or technicians.
After analysing existing charging station designs, the SUPPLy project is working on further product and process developments in order to achieve a significantly increased degree of automation and sufficient scalability on the assembly side. These findings form the basis for replacing the manufacturing processes of charging columns, which were previously characterized by manual activities, with automated processes suitable for large-scale production. In the course of this, design guidelines aiming at an automation-compatible product design will be elaborated and evaluated by practical application.
- Automation-oriented product development of charging stations
- Process development for assembly and connection of high-voltage modules
- Design guidelines for automation-compatible product design
- Test and optimization of the outlet module, prototype implementation