Digital QC and Converting
Within the WP3, definition of requisite packaging and presentation formats for converted GDLS suitable for placement by equipment developed for the automation uplift solution is completed. Digitization and transfer of inline QC data to PoP module is under development to link material characterization and cell assembly.
Cell Assembly PoP Development
Within WP4, a process specification has been created that translates the DIGIMAN project objectives into the requirements and deliverables for the automation uplift solution.
Automation uplift concepts have been reviewed and sense checked via process engineering trials. A technical specification for the PoP Demo equipment has been created and progressed through RFQ, tender, down selection of the vendors and order placement. Initial site preparation has been completed at Warwick Manufacturing Group ahead of the assembly equipment delivery.
Digital Materials Characterisation and Digital manufacturing
Progress has been made on the establishment of a 'digital' supply chain encompassing digital quality control processes, from manufacture through to assembly for the gas diffusion layer (GDL) components.
WP3 and WP5 have yielded:
- digitised optical scanning,
- definition of defect types,
- testing of scanned materials.
In addition, work has commenced into the investigation of none optical scanning and digitisation techniques for non-localised, heterogeneous anomalies within GDL material structures.
Current Intelligent Energy has been defined the production data capture process, future production data capture process options while Freudenberg defined GDL production process / data transfer links. The System Architectures and harvesting techniques have been mapped.