Sichuan CATL Factory Selected as Flagship Factory by World Economic Forum

NINGDE, China, October 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Sichuan Contemporary Amperex Technology Limited (CATL-SC), a wholly owned subsidiary of CATL, has been added to the Global Lighthouse Network (GLN) by the World Economic Forum, making it CATL’s second Lighthouse factory after the Ningde facility, which was included in GLN in 2021. So far, there are only two Lighthouse factories in the battery industry globally, both of which are CATL production facilities.

The World Economic Forum made the following remarks about CATL: “To catch up with significant business growth and higher expectations of quality and sustainability, CATL is constructing a large greenfield in Yibin City. The plant then extensively deployed AI, IoT and flexible automation on leading CATL Ningde HQ digital flagship initiatives, and achieved 17% increased line speed, yield loss reduced by 14% and zero carbon emissions. »

The Global Lighthouse Network is a community of manufacturing sites that demonstrate leadership in the adoption and integration of advanced technologies of the fourth industrial revolution. Francois BettiHead of Advanced Manufacturing and Value Chains at the World Economic Forum, said: “The new factories in the Global Lighthouse Network show how manufacturers can achieve their business goals while positively impacting economies, the livelihoods of populations and the environment. The challenge for companies and policymakers is to what extent they can scale these innovations across production networks and value chains.”

Fourth Industrial Revolution Technologies Drive Productivity, Sustainability and Resilience

In the context of a complete digital transformation of the battery industry, CATL is accelerating digital innovation in the complete battery life cycle in terms of battery design, manufacture, use and recycling , in order to meet the requirements of high precision process, fast production speed and high quality. .

  • Green energy management. CATL has developed an energy management system that collects data from more than 40,000 sensors deployed in the plant via Narrow Band-IoT and 5G wireless solutions. Supported by an advanced algorithm, the system calculated the operating parameters of each equipment with optimized system power consumption.
  • Intelligent production management. By developing a closed-loop coating process control algorithm, CATL-SC is able to model and deeply learn the combined parameters of over 1,000 powders and fluids, realizing precise control of aluminum coating at the process level. micron and milligram, greatly improving product consistency.

In addition, based on virtual development and simulation, CATL-SC’s packaging lines have achieved 80% automation. Supported by the automatic gluing process, the labor of the gluing process line is reduced by 70%, achieving a qualification rate of 99.8%.

  • Extreme quality management. Through the application of high-precision visual inspection equipment and AI technology, CATL-SC has achieved micron-level recognition accuracy, which has spurred breakthroughs in defect detection in the process of welding, winding and the previous process under high-velocity fluid conditions.
  • Very precise security management. Safety management is crucial for CATL-SC, which is currently one of the largest electric vehicle battery production bases in the world. By combining video streaming and AI technology, it reduced the risk of missed inspection. Through video streaming, the system can automatically identify operating errors such as mixed panel placement and channel occupancy, and is able to automatically tag and save images. Supported by infrared and AI thermal technology, it has centralized battery cell temperature monitoring in warehouses and battery cell temperature monitoring in key high-temperature processes.

As the world leader in realizing the world’s first Lighthouse factory in the battery industry, CATL has reduced the defect rate of its products to PPB level. He is now striving to replicate his Sichuan the factory’s experiments in agile and flexible smart manufacturing across its 13 production bases around the world, contributing to the high-quality development of the new energy industry amidst the fourth industrial revolution.

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SOURCE Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited

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