Current production of very small plates requires the handling of large numbers of plates with very small dimensions. This kind of manufacturing process is very problematic in two respects. On one hand, the dimensions involved call for manual, as opposed to automatic, operations. On the other hand, problems arise with the high pollution levels that stem from the cutting and separation of the plates after they have been pasted and dried in groups. The new concept advanced by Sovema aims to solve both problems by providing a fully-automatic manufacturing process that drastically reduces environmental pollution ― all the operations are automated, from grid making to plate stacking before curing. The key idea behind this concept is to produce a continuous punched strip to deliver grids that are pasted in rows with care taken to avoiding the lugs, and then cut into strings of plates. The strings have dimensions that are sufficiently large to be handled automatically during all the subsequent process stages. Cutting the plates in wet conditions allows a reduction in dust particle pollution. At the end of the drying process, the strings are stacked and cut into groups of very small plates. The process speed can be as high as 1000 plates per min. A patent has been filed with the European Patent Office to protect this new concept. Positive feedback has been obtained from preliminary research.
Sovema Group S.p.A.
Marcello Fantoni holds a degree in engineering from the Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy. He has more than 20 years of significant experience in the automotive sector that covers different managerial roles across the world, both in sales and in aftersales. Recently, Marcello joined Sovema Group ― a leading company in the field of battery manufacturing equipment ― as a world-wide Sales Director to assist the company in its further commercial development.