Automotive Industry Greater Flexibility for Drive Concepts – Fewer Tools
The increasing number of alternative drive concepts poses new challenges for vehicle development and production engineers. The aim of the "FlexHyBat" research project that kicked off at the end of 2020 is to manufacture multi-variant vehicle floor assemblies using as few tools as possible.
Alternative drive concepts are on the rise. What it really comes down to is integrating the different drive concepts into the vehicle structure as as cost-effectively as possible and, above all, manufacturing them economically.Therefore, the "FlexHyBat" research project was launched: EDAG, one of the world's largest independent engineering service provider, and project partners data M Sheet Metal Solutions GmbH, Cloos, BILSTEIN, Protomaster und Fraunhofer IWU, are working together to find a way of combining new steel types and innovative manufacturing processes so that a flexible and economical manufacturing process results.
As the lead initiator, EDAG is responsible for the development and design of the multi-variant floor assembly and technical demonstrator in cooperation with its partners. By participating in the research project, the EDAG Group is underlining its commitment to exploring new horizons, to enable vehicle components to be manufactured more efficiently, more economically and more sustainably in the future. The "FlexHyBat" research project has the backing of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs & Energy, and is being supervised by TÜV Rheinland Consulting GmbH, the project sponsor.