Ultium Cells picks Honeywell system for quality control

LORDSTOWN — Ultium Cells — a joint venture between General Motors and South Korea’s LG Energy Solution that’s building a $2.3 billion battery-cell factory in Lordstown — will use Honeywell’s Quality Control System in the manufacturing of its lithium-ion batteries.

“We chose Honeywell because of the company’s deep understanding of the lithium-ion battery sector and the fact its measurement and control technology is already being used in critical areas of manufacturing,” said Germanus Woo, planning director for Ultium Cells.

Honeywell’s system will deploy compact, high-precision scanners and basis- weight sensors to serve as the quality control platform for four of the Lordstown plant’s production lines, according to the company.

The system will help Ultium Cells meet quality requirements by measuring electrode coat weight, a key parameter in the production of battery cells. In addition, Honeywell’s modular platform and industry expertise will help Ultium Cells ensure long-term success by adapting new measurement and control technology as battery-cell production requirements evolve.

“Given the opportunity at hand, battery manufacturers such as Ultium Cells must be able to bring new solutions to market with confidence,” said Fredrik Westerberg, director of strategic planning for Honeywell Process Solutions. “As such, it’s critical for them to develop and implement cost-effective, efficient and safe manufacturing processes while ensuring the highest production quality.”

The nearly 3 million-square-foot plant — large enough to contain 30 football fields — on Tod Avenue SW is expected to be complete in 2022 with early phase production starting early next year. It will employ upward of 1,100 people at full capacity.

Battery cells made there will be used to power several electric GM models, including the GMC Hummer and Cadillac Lyriq.


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