High voltage coolant heater
On behalf of a customer from the automotive sector PIA developed flexible assembly lines that are used to build various high voltage coolant heaters at different levels and degrees of automation.
Among others, high voltage coolant heaters are used for interior/cabin heaters and/or to keep the core components of hybrid and purely electrical vehicles at optimum temperature to allow for maximum charging efficiency, longevity and range. The special feature of this project was that the assembly lines were developed in parallel with the product development phase. In many workshops and telephone conferences with the customer we developed various concepts and exchanged know-how on processes to achieve the most efficient degree of automation. This global project with the participation of the Amberg, Evansville and Ningbo locations was made possible by great cooperation between the individual teams. The customer’s main reasons to opt for PIA were the price, the fact that we were already listed as a supplier but mainly our global processing capabilities and possibility to deliver “local for local”.