Sweden’s Höganäs AB reports it has joined the Connactive project to help develop new electric drive concepts based on the use of metal powders. The Connactive project was established in 2019 as a way to bring companies together with the goal of fostering innovation. Currently, the work is focussed on the production of an enhanced-efficiency motor.
Deniz Yigit, Director of Global Business Development – Customisation Technologies, Höganäs, stated, “It’s essential for electrical engines to become more powerful and efficient to allow electric vehicles to fulfil their vast potential, and this can be done by using AM-enabled technology and dedicated material solutions that take technology to the next level.”
“Höganäs AB and Alvier Mechatronics have joined the Connactive project, which is dedicated to achieving high speed, high frequency and power density eDrive solutions. This cross-company collaboration will leverage the different areas of expertise of each member, and the results will drive the evolution of the modern electric engines,” he added.
Höganäs’s metal powders were used in the Connactive’s first project: the Dual Drive System, a powersplit planetery gearset and matching RX II unit in combination with the high torque AX motor and highly integrated electronics. Leveraging the abilities of partner companies Dontyne Gears, Moteg and Vishay, the Dual Drive System was brought from blueprint to series production standard prototype within six months.
“Höganäs’ vision is to inspire industry to make more with less. By utilising the endless opportunities of our metal powders, we know that we can improve resource efficiency and lead a wave of change for the better,” stated Lars Sjoberg, currently Head of System Design at Alvier Mechatronics and former Manager of Application Development at Höganäs. “Co-creation brings a new dimension to our way of working and we expect that this will take us to the next level as well as speeding up market introductions at lowest total cost.”