Multinational conglomerate Honeywell recently announced that it is working with Ultium Cells LLC to implement the Honeywell Quality Control System (QCS) for lithium-ion battery production at Ultium Cells’ new manufacturing facility in Lordstown, Ohio.
Ultium Cells LLC, the joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solution, is currently constructing a new 2.8 million square-foot lithium-ion battery plant that will provide battery units for a range of General Motors vehicles, including the Cadillac Lyriq luxury crossover, as well the as off-roading GMC Hummer EV Pickup and Hummer EV SUV. The new facility is due for completion next year, and will be one of the largest electric vehicle battery plants in the U.S.
The new Honeywell QCS will include high-precision scanners and basis weight sensors on four of the assembly lines at the new Lordstown plant. The system will measure electrode coat weight to help ensure quality control.
“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 Planning Director at Ultium Cells, Germanus Woo. “Given the depth of their knowledge, Honeywell is well positioned to offer us insights, helping us to increase productivity and profitability as we grow.”
The new Ultium Cells battery plant in Lordstown is the product of a joint investment totaling more than $2.3 billion. The new facility is expected to employ more than 1,100 workers.
The announcement of new Honeywell quality control for the Ultium Cells production facility follows the expansion of an exiting battery recall for the Chevy Bolt EV to include all models and model years, as well as the new Chevy Bolt EUV. Some units of the Chevy Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, which are equipped with battery packs manufactured by LG Energy Solutions, could have a manufacturing defect that has been linked to several fires.