With increased demand for electric vehicles, manufacturers are continuing to innovate in design and production to further improve performance, range, process efficiency, and sustainability. Material solutions, including bonding, thermal management, sealing, and functional coatings play a pivotal role in enabling these goals. Henkel will showcase technologies and products advancing battery components at Booth #1001 during this year’s Battery Show North America, taking place September 12-14 in Novi, Michigan.

Enabling Simplified Battery Designs

Simplifying battery designs with new approaches like cell-to-pack and cell-to-vehicle architectures enable BEV manufacturers to reduce weight and cost and improve energy density. However, eliminating battery module housings require increased mechanical performance requirements. Thermally conductive adhesives tolerate high mechanical and thermal impact, while continuing to deliver necessary heat dissipation requirements.

Increasing Process Efficiency

Meeting high-volume production demand for battery components requires highly efficient application processes. Through Henkel’s robust network of dispense partners, the company offers automated, fast application processes, while reducing manufacturing steps. Henkel’s Loctite® EA 9400 battery safety coating, for example, is applied through precise flat streaming, eliminating the need for time-consuming masking.

Increasing Sustainability

Conductive electrode coatings enable higher energy density due to improved conductivity on the battery cell level – helping to increase range without increasing the size of the battery pack. While traditional process steps include wet mixing of the material, Henkel’s process involves dry mixing, reducing energy demand by greater than 30%, reducing equipment footprint by 70% and providing cost savings potential in cell production of greater than 10%.

In addition to seeing the technology at Booth #1001, conference attendees can learn more during a technical presentation on September 13, from 2:30 – 3 p.m. during the Battery in Use track.

Increasing Performance

High-voltage battery components, such as on-board chargers, inverters, converters, e-motors and more, require protection and heat management simultaneously. Thermal potting compounds transfer heat away from embedded electronic components, while offering protective benefits of traditional potting, such as vibration/shock resistance, service life resilience, corrosion protection, and chemical protection. Live application demonstrations of the technology will be offered at Booth #1001 in partnership with Henkel equipment provider, bdtronic, every hour on the hour during the show.

Environmental influences such as moisture, corrosion and dust can negatively impact the life of battery systems. Henkel’s Sonderhoff® Formed-in-Place-Foam-Gasket technology seals battery housings, protecting them against splash water and weather influences.

Learn more about Henkel at www.henkel-northamerica.com.