ITW Global Fasteners: What are the challenges you face when it comes to developing new products for electric powertrains?
Manuel K.: We are currently in a very exciting time when it comes to product development in this area. As electrification continues at breakneck pace, bringing with it a combination of technological uncertainty and time pressure, there is a need for new expertise and skills. Thanks to our many years of experience with our innovative ITW fastening solutions, we are able to fall back on a broad repertoire that allows us to keep pace with the industry and give our customers the best possible support for their projects.
ITW Global Fasteners: What new skills does the transformation to electromobility call for?
Manuel K.: New requirements like technical cleanliness or the use of flame-protected materials require new expertise to make sure that electric vehicle components are safe and function properly.
ITW Global Fasteners: What measures has ITW already taken successfully in this regard?
Manuel K.: Every time we face a new challenge, our priority is to gain a deep technical understanding of all aspects and offer the best possible solutions. This includes our ability to design excellent seals on our self-developed IPX6K/IPX9K test stand that meet the new requirements. Or our in-house development of assembly and testing stations that guarantee 100% control with automatic traceability.
ITW Global Fasteners: Which products are currently the most demanding?
Manuel K.: One of our main focus areas at present is the development of degassing valves. Here, the valve must remain both robust and reliable throughout the vehicle’s lifetime. It must also meet requirements in terms of compactness, watertightness, flame protection and installation situation, and a complete quality control. This requires a lot of creativity to find the right solution.
ITW Global Fasteners: What can I as a customer expect from ITW here?
Manuel K.: Thanks to our broad-ranging expertise gained from past projects, we are able to quickly ask the right questions and get to the core of a problem. Through a comprehensive series of tests and preliminary investigations, we already have a diverse set of potential problem solvers to hand that can help us quickly find a solution. This means we are more than just supplier. We are a development partner that strives to create the ideal product for the specific need together with the customer.