Powering Innovation

Swiss screw technology keeps pace with needs of growing hybrid and electric vehicle market.

The market for electric vehicles (EV) and hybrid-electric vehicles in the United States has grown significantly in recent years and is expected to continue to grow at a rapid pace over the next decade. Environmental concerns, more vehicle choices, improved battery technology, government policies, and other factors will drive this growth and open up new opportunities in the supply chain for component manufacturers.

EVs require components that are durable, lightweight, and made with materials such as titanium, lithium, and cobalt, to name a few. Electric motors, power inverters, transmissions, chargers, and thermal systems call for precision parts, large and small, with tight tolerances, to make EV innovation possible. In addition, an increase in the need for charging stations and related installations will increase demand for new components.

As EVs charge into a changing automotive market, Swiss screw technology can put manufacturers in the driver’s seat for pulling ahead with new opportunities. Here are some advantages of Swiss screw machining for the components in the EV market.

Precision –Swiss screw machines better support the stock material during production so the part moves while the tooling is stationary. There is less risk of the support material moving resulting in high precision accuracy even on small components.

Materials – Swiss screw machines also provide the stability demanded by machining of hard materials such as titanium, cobalt and high-tech alloys used in EV applications such as motors and transmissions.

Efficiency – Swiss screw machines can meet shorter lead schedules and quicker turnaround time frames because of superior efficiency. Multi-axis machines can execute more tasks among more axes of movement in one setup, reducing the extra time and expense necessary to tear a machine down to make it ready for the next task.

Prototypes – In the rapidly changing EV environment, manufacturers are bringing products to market faster. Swiss screw machines can be used for both prototype research and development as well as high-volume production, enabling manufacturers and their contracting partners to quickly turnaround prototypes to full production.

Sheldon Precision is an independent manufacturer with a talented and experienced staff, producing critical parts and components for a broad range of industries across the country and worldwide. For more information on how our Swiss screw expertise can help with your specific applications, contact Sheldon Precision today.