Sep­tem­ber 4th, 2018

Neu-Ulm, August 23, 2018: Ever­yo­ne is tal­king about the tran­si­ti­on from com­bus­ti­on engi­nes to elec­tric motors. In the cour­se of this far-rea­ching chan­ge, the­re is no ques­ti­on that the pro­duc­tion of elec­tric vehic­les will increase signi­fi­cant­ly in the coming years — even if it will pro­ba­b­ly still take some time befo­re the means of trans­por­ta­ti­on can be found on the roads ever­y­whe­re. This for­ward-loo­king dri­ve tech­no­lo­gy uses spe­cial high-vol­ta­ge cables with spe­cial con­nec­tor sys­tems that requi­re com­plex assem­bly. At pre­sent, the cables are still main­ly pro­ces­sed manu­al­ly. In a few years’ time, it will no lon­ger be pos­si­ble to meet the market’s demand in this way.

The com­pa­ny Metz­ner Maschi­nen­bau, based in Neu-Ulm, Ger­ma­ny, reco­gni­zed this years ago. Sin­ce 2013, it has been doing pio­nee­ring work in the deve­lo­p­ment of new pro­ces­ses with which the auto­ma­tic pro­ces­sing of high-vol­ta­ge cables, inclu­ding plug assem­bly, can be car­ri­ed out safe­ly. Metz­ner alre­a­dy offers tried and tes­ted solu­ti­ons for around half of all work steps which are neces­sa­ry in the pro­cess chain of this cable pro­ces­sing. The vali­da­ti­on by num­e­rous well-known manu­fac­tu­r­ers of con­nec­tor sys­tems, assem­bly com­pa­nies and auto­mo­bi­le manu­fac­tu­r­ers as well as gran­ted patents under­line the company’s cul­tu­re of inno­va­ti­on and competence.

Metz­ner Maschi­nen­bau is con­vin­ced that it will also be neces­sa­ry in the future for cost and qua­li­ty reasons to pro­du­ce the spe­cial cable harnes­ses used for elec­tric vehic­les auto­ma­ti­cal­ly. In order to meet the­se requi­re­ments even bet­ter, the com­pa­ny has deci­ded to bund­le its acti­vi­ties in the field of high-vol­ta­ge cable pro­ces­sing and to estab­lish the new e‑mobility busi­ness field. Up to now, both semi-auto­ma­tic machi­nes and solu­ti­ons with a hig­her degree of auto­ma­ti­on have been part of Metz­ner Maschinenbau’s port­fo­lio. Accor­ding to Mana­ging Direc­tor Ger­hard Rauch, ful­ly auto­ma­tic trans­fer lines have been deve­lo­ped espe­ci­al­ly for the pro­duc­tion of high volu­mes, enab­ling cycle times of ten to twel­ve seconds per cable side. “We are working flat out to soon be able to cover the enti­re pro­cess chain from cut­ting the cables to length to com­ple­te con­nec­tor assem­bly and to offer our cus­to­mers a wide ran­ge of auto­ma­ti­on levels in processing”.