Comau announces automated production system for NIO e-drive systems

The Comau system is designed to support a production capacity of a million units a year
(Courtesy of Comau)

Comau has implemented a turnkey solution to automate the manufacturing of NIO’s next-generation e-drive systems. The company says it ensures fast and reliable co-line production for the EV manufacturer’s third-gen induction and permanent magnet motors.

The solution includes primary lines such as e-motor assembly lines, gearbox manufacturing and inverter assembly lines, as well as end-of-line testing processes. It is designed to support an annual production capacity of a million units, to be used in NIO’s electric sedans, coupes and SUVs, as well as select models in its sub-brand ALPS.

Comau says it allows NIO to adjust its production environment to accommodate different process parameters as needed for new products. In addition, Comau and NIO’s e-drive team have developed a new adapter with zero-point positioner, which unifies design, process, and control standards to meet different assembly requirements while maintaining flexibility.

Comau’s automated manufacturing environment also features 3D vision-guided robots, AGVs for autonomous supply of materials, and automatic tool-end loading. Furthermore, the use of quadnocular stereovision 3D cameras has allowed Comau to overcome the limitations of vision guidance technology in terms of field of view and gripping range.