EV Startups Use Efficient Adhesive Application Techniques to Lower Costs

Posted on 10/7/2021 7:14:38 AM By ASC

Arrival, one of several EV start-ups seeking new approaches to EV production without the huge investments involved when establishing and equipping giant automotive factories for mass production, has cited the role adhesives and their applications can play if the direction chosen involves using groups of small plants rather than one large factory.

The start-up reports that that could be handled more simply and efficiently in a smaller plant (or group of plants) than in massive automotive factories.

According to Arrival, its plan is to create a group of small plants in different US States and some other countries which will produce vans and/or buses independently in locations close to their clients. Each plant will require around 70 generic robots sourced from longstanding auto industry suppliers and designed in-house, and each will be fitted with only one adhesive station. The autonomous robots will be on wheels in order to carry a chassis back and forward during each assembly process.

The start up reports that, on the contrary, traditional automotive factories aiming  at producing an EV every minute in a large factory, require many expensive made-to-order robots. When adhesives have to be applied at different points in the assembly chain, in order to achieve the one EV-per-minute goal, they also have to include a string of different adhesive stations in certain places along the assembly.

Arrival announced that as its microfactories would be using lightweight colored plastic composites for the vans, there was no need for expensive paint shops at the small factories.