Long-time exhibitor Zwick Roell discussed with visitors how it is closely monitoring the maturity of e-mobility and is working with customers to develop new mechanical testing solutions specifically for electric vehicle components, connectors and materials.
Aleksander Koprivc, industry manager for automotive, said: “In a lithium-ion battery, for example, the electrode films are very thin. The thickness of the copper electrodes has been reduced from 20 microns to 6 microns in some cases, which is extremely thin. These electrodes still need to have the mechanical resistance properties needed to operate in the environment of the vehicle.”
When discussing the latest customer requests, Koprivc noted how the automotive testing markets in Asia and India are maturing. According to Koprivc, customers in these regions have predominately followed the same standards and methods used in Europe and North America, however they are now starting to forge their own ideas and testing processes.
“They are learning fast. We are still some time away from India and China being single markets with their own needs, but the situation is changing as the testing industries in those regions gain more competence and more experience.”