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News & Press: June 2018

Facility to develop high-volume manufacturing of electric machines

21 June 2018  
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WMG’s new Make-Like-Production (MLP) facility is a manufacturing research centre that will provide the opportunity to comprehensively investigate the feasibility and stability of new manufacturing processes. Owned by JLR and operated by WMG, it allows performance and testing of manufacturing and assembly processes under real operational conditions and production rates.

The first project to make use of the MLP facility was the APC-funded High Volume E-Machines Supply from the UK (HVEMS-UK) project. The £6.6m HVEMS-UK project was led by JLR, in collaboration with Midland Tool and Design, WMG, Tata Steel UK Limited, Horizon Instruments, Grainger and Worrall, Newcastle University, Motor Design Ltd, HSSMI. The project developed the facility to prove production feasibility for automotive traction electric machines at takt time of 60-90 seconds, corresponding with high-volume production of e-machines – relevant to sectors such as aerospace. WMG was involved in the design and process development (our large-format metrology facilities CT X-Ray Scanning at 450-750kV); process characterisation and model validation; manufacturing automation and manufacturing operations. The project led to an understanding of key attributes of the new manufacturing processes required to make the machines in high volumes and to understand the trade-offs between product performance, materials processing and manufacturing cost and time.