Axalta and TAU Industrial Robotics Shed Light on Curing
Insight and control into the coating process for electrical steel in e-mobility and renewable energy electric machines
Basel, Switzerland – 5 April 2019 – Users of Voltatex® insulating materials from Axalta, a leading global supplier of liquid and powder coatings, can now exclusively have access to the newly-developed LILIT® (Light In-Line Insulation Test) to monitor and document the drying consistency of the coatings produced.
LILIT is a product of Italian technology company TAU Industrial Robotics. It provides reliable and accurate test methodology of functional polymers, such as those used as synthetic resins in coatings. The test ensures the coatings maximise their full quality potential at the optimum degree of polymerisation. High-performance technical machines such as electrical motors require accurate and comprehensive quality control of the ideal curing of insulating materials during the manufacturing process.
Modern composite technologies including self-bonding processes for the production of electric motors for e-mobility are particularly sensitive. These require superlative quality control in order to pass the high demands on reliability and cost efficiency.
Before the development of LILIT, polymerisation processes could not be monitored and documented adequately. A non-contact, non-destructive in-line test method for coil coating – as standard in the electrical steel coating process – was not technically feasible.
Christoph Lomoschitz, Global Product Manager for Axalta’s Energy Solutions business, says, “We can now do away with time-consuming quality checks at the beginning and at the end of the coated coil process. These didn’t bring much information about the degree of polymerisation because of local fluctuations in drying conditions across the entire coated coil. So by bringing TAU’s LILIT technology to our customers, we are making their quality control much better and more efficient, as well as improving process accuracy and overall electrical steel quality.”
Filippo Veglia, Chief Commercial Officer TAU Industrial Robotics, says, “We are committed to bringing higher performance, improved sustainability, and meaningful insight to the core functions of e-mobility and renewable energy. We are thrilled to work with Axalta to bring real-time, non-contact, in-line quality control of curing processes to the electrical steel industry.”
Axalta is exhibiting the full range of its Energy Solutions products at the Coil Winding Expo (CWIEME) in Berlin, Germany, from 21 to 23 May 2019 on stand A19, Hall 3.2. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a demonstration of the new LILIT technology and discuss with TAU on stand.
For more information about all Axalta’s Energy Solutions products, please visit www.electricalinsulation.com.
For more information about TAU Industrial Robotics, please visit www.tauindustrialrobotics.com.
Axalta is a leading global company focused solely on coatings and providing customers with innovative, colourful, beautiful and sustainable solutions. From light OEM vehicles, commercial vehicles and refinish applications to electric motors, buildings and pipelines, our coatings are designed to prevent corrosion, increase productivity and enable the materials we coat to last longer. With more than 150 years of experience in the coatings industry, the 14,000 people of Axalta continue to find ways to serve our more than 100,000 customers in 130 countries better every day with the finest coatings, application systems and technology. For more information visit axalta.com and follow us @Axalta on Twitter and on LinkedIn.
About TAU Industrial Robotics
TAU brings unparalleled performance, sustainability and reliability to the core of each electric motor. Focused on applications for e-mobility, automotive, energy and agriculture, TAU makes coatings more durable, resistant and light, optimizes underlying production processes for environmental friendliness, pairs artificial intelligence with peace-of-mind operating simplicity and incubates technologies in electrification and smart sensors. For more information visit tauindustrialrobotics.com and follow us on Twitter and on LinkedIn.