Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC (B&W MEGTEC), a subsidiary of Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc., has launched the GigaCoater wide-web coating line for lithium-ion battery electrodes. Developed to provide high-volume production of battery electrodes, each GigaCoater can produce up to 3GWhr of electrode per year on average. The GigaCoater coating platform utilizes B&W MEGTEC’s exclusive simultaneous 2-sided coating system. The dual-coating method, in combination with coating rheology and GigaCoater machine properties, maximizes production time and delivers in-line quality control. The GigaCoater maximizes manufacturing at a significantly lower total production cost with 50% to 70% less floor space than typical single-side coating operations, which allows for more efficient plant layouts, thermal efficiencies which deliver lower energy requirements, a wide-web width which significantly reduces the number of coils needing to be handled, simplified material flow enhancing overall throughput and higher automation which maximizes production volume.
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