The future is electrified

One of the first castings of the new “Motor Housing” is extracted by the robot from the high-pressure die-casting machine at Heck & Becker.

As a partner of the Ford site in Cologne for decades, Heck & Becker is involved in the development towards an electric future for the automotive industry. “We are delighted that Ford continues to place its trust in Heck & Becker and has placed a large package for the development and construction of high-pressure die-casting dies for the E-Drive platform at Heck & Becker,” says managing director Martin Baumann. Over the next two years, high-pressure die casting tools for these E-Drive components will now be developed, designed and built together with the experts from Cologne. “An important part of the development is the close-to-production testing of the tools in our in-house Die Casting Technology Centre, where we can cast the first components even before the start of series production. This simplifies and shortens the start of series production at Ford tremendously and gives our customer a confident feeling for the start of his production,” says Benjamin Jung, member of the executive board at Heck & Becker and responsible for sales and application technology.

The first milestone was reached in late summer: For the “Motor Housing”, the heart of the new electric drive, the first high-pressure die-casting tool was successfully sampled last week at Heck & Becker and the first castings were made available to Ford for further processing. A ground-breaking step for all parties of the project. Within the next months further tools for different variants of the “Motor Housing” will be built at Heck & Becker and tested in the Die Casting Technology Centre.

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