Prototype and small series production

We offer to machine the first prototypes and small series for you with our in-house machinery to ensure a perfect start to your project. We can achieve quantities of up to 50,000 components per year within our existing capacities. Small-batch production means we can conserve resources, making production efficient and guaranteeing cost-effectiveness and maximum precision. We guarantee the best quality with regard to your specifications, laying the foundation for a successful project using suitable measuring and analysis equipment. We are happy to manufacture your sample parts in all areas, as well as small series.

In combination with our measuring systems, we have the following means at our disposal:

  • Negative imprints for checking geometries that are difficult to access
  • Video and photo microscopy with up to 2,500x magnification and measuring function
  • Video and photo endoscopy
  • Production of master parts (flow/test leaks, hydraulic and pneumatic) including inspection certificate according to EN 10204. Traceability to a normal value can be guaranteed at all times.

Please contact our research & development team for further information and to discuss your specific ideas.

Our equipment

We are able to develop innovative processes or products for or together with you using our in-house facilities and equipment. We are also happy to support you with trial series or tests. Our claim is to always offer the best solution for our customers.

Battery

The demand for battery storage is growing rapidly, with ever larger quantities and more efficient accumulators being required for a wide range of tasks. Accumulators are not only used in mobile devices, but also in the automotive sector, which is currently undergoing a change towards hybrid drives and e-drives. Together with our partner Clever Ltd., we combine skills in battery cell production for pouch cells and prismatic cells with knowledge of automation and testing and can thus successfully implement projects in the field of electromobility.

Folding

Folding demonstrator – for folding pouch cells

Highlights:

  • Multi-stage rolling forming instead of single-stage folding processes:
    • minimal stress on sealed seam and on pouch material
    • Very high dimensional stability -> taping not necessary
    • No lateral forces on the cell stack
    • Very small overlap (1 mm)
  • Longer calendar life due to the patented folding process
  • Large-format cells can be used (up to 700 mm)
  • Transport without workpiece carrier (simple format adjustment, gentle on the product)

Laser Notching

Laser Notching – for cutting battery electrodes

(from the fourth quarter of 2021)

For more information please visit our press area.

Highlights:

  • Automatic procedure for assessing the quality of the cut
  • Very good cut edge quality due to innovative laser process
  • Large scan field (flexibility)
  • High speed stacking
  • High efficiency due to small spot size

eMobility

In addition to our turnkey assembly and test processes, we are happy to offer our expertise to develop and optimise your customised products and processes.

We are currently working on processes for rotor and stator assembly in the field of eMobility, as well as electronic components such as inverters, filters and control units that are required for the drive.

Test bench – Magnet joining

Joining of shaft, sheet metal package, flanges and bearings

  • Oven for hot joining up to 400 °C
  • Cold joining down to -60 °C, nitrogen cooling optional
  • Pressing station with force/displacement monitoring

Magnet joining with customised bonding/ joining processes

  • Laboratory dispenser for various adhesives
  • UV fixation optional
  • Analysis of the adhesive distribution by opening the rotor and evaluating the magnetic surface connected to the rotor by the adhesive

Highlights:

  • System flexibly adaptable to rotor geometry
  • Adhesive dosage for different adhesives
  • Several magnets can be placed on top of each other in the slot

Enthalpy cooling

Highlights:

  • Effective cooling process after hot joining, 3-4x faster than the conventional oven process
  • Corrosion protection in the cooling mist
  • Vacuum drying
  • Resource-saving cooling without needing refrigeration units
  • Heat dissipation via steam and waste water

End of line testing according to customer specification

  • Geometric measurements
  • Electrical and magnetic measurements

Hydrogen

We are working at full speed to be able to demonstrate our expertise in the field of hydrogen as quickly as possible. Our test stand for hydrogen-carrying components is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021, with its move into our ATEX container, suitable for hydrogen. Components are tested there with H2 and, among other things, the injection rate can be measured and the amount of gas injected can be determined. We look forward to receiving your testing enquiries.

H2 demonstrator

H2 demonstrator

Highlights:

  • Function and service life test
  • Inertized test chamber
  • Flow test up to approx. 2 g/s
  • Shot-to-shot measuring device for high time resolution measurement of the injection rate
  • Test pressure up to 1000 bar
  • Universally applicable for all components in the H2 circuit from the tank to the consumer

Electronics, mechatronics & hydraulics

We have the opportunity to demonstrate some of our core processes in the areas of electronics, mechatronics and hydraulics. In addition to the existing demonstrators, we can also develop customised and tailor-made solutions.

Shock absorber demonstrator

Shock absorber demonstrator

Possible tests: Damping force (potato curve), gas force, friction force

Highlights:

  • Electric drive with linear motor, measuring system with 1μm resolution
  • Force sensor up to 30 kN
  • Test amplitude from 0..+/-100 mm
  • Flexible test sequences by using FlexTestplan
  • Sampling rate of the measuring signals 4 kHz, bus cycle time TwinCAT 250 μs

Assembly AC sensor

  • Pressure calibration of prototype sensors
  • Conclusions about the calibration process during product development

 

µHammering

Highlights:

  • No stick-slip effect
  • Reduced component load
  • High precision press-fit (< 1µm)
  • Highly accurate setting of opening pressures with direct measurement
  • Piezo high-power shock generator
  • Press-in forces up to 40 kN possible

Hydroerosive grinding

Hydroerosive grinding has been one of Sonplas GmbH’s core competences for almost 20 years now. A distinction is made between the sub-areas of flow calibration, rounding and deburring. Component-specific fixtures are designed and manufactured for adaptation in our machining and measuring systems in order to process the components in the best possible way according to your requirements. For this purpose, we can draw on a large selection of different abrasive fluids, which are conveyed through the internal bores to be machined at high pressure, similar to liquid abrasive paper. This process removes internal burrs and smooths and rounds bore intersections, which, in addition to improved high-pressure resistance, is also equivalent to artificial pre-aging of the component and thus guarantees consistent performance over the entire life time of the component.

During the entire process, the rising flow of the component is monitored so that it can be stopped at exactly the required value. This allows flow tolerances of ±1% to be set with process capability.

From the smallest injector components to additively manufactured and composite components to fuel distributor rails, injector housings and cylinder heads – the range of applications for hydroerosive machining is almost limitless!

Our service:

  • Design and manufacture of customised fixtures for your product
  • Adaptation of the HEG process to your application
  • Machining of your products from a few prototypes to contract manufacturing (up to 50,000 parts/year)
  • Consistent quality control
  • Comprehensive documentation (test reports, measurement using digital microscopy, measurement results, acceptance test certificates)

Fluid production unit

In-house technology for the production of a wide range of suspensions, emulsions and other liquid substance mixtures of the highest quality. Products can be produced in a defined and reproducible way via variable shear rate introduction and partially automated production processes.

Product range:

  • Oil- or water-based systems
  • Product density: 500 to > 1300 kg/m³
  • Product viscosities: 0.5 to > 10000 mPas
  • Particle sizes: < 1 to 80 μm

Highlights:

  • Batch volume: 35 to 250 L
  • Process pressure: -1 to 2 bar adjustable via vacuum / compressed air system
  • Product temperature control via double jacket: 15 to 110°C
  • Peripheral speed homogenizer: 5 to 25 m/s; variable direction of rotation
  • Peripheral speed anchor stirrer: 0.6 to 3.6 m/s; variable direction of rotation
  • Fluid dosing: feed mass: up to 1300 kg; dosed reactant mass: up to 300 kg per batch
  • High chemical resistance: parts in contact with product: 1.4404; PTFE or FPM
  • CiP function (Cleaning in Process) and inline sensors for cleaning and quality monitoring

HE Module – grinding machine

HE Module – grinding machine

Highlights:

  • Flow range 75 – 15,000 ml/min
  • System flexibly adaptable to your application
  • Quick changeover
  • Low cycle time
  • Energy-efficient servo-hydraulic pump drive
  • Flow test with and without back pressure during the machining process

HE highflow – grinding machine

HE highflow – grinding machine

Highlights:

  • Flow range up to 100,000 ml/min
  • System flexibly adaptable to your application
  • Quick changeover
  • Low cycle time
  • Machining of components with large outer geometry and high flow rates

HE flow test

Flow test 75 – 3,000 ml/min

Highlights:

  • Cavitation studies
  • System flexibly adaptable to your application
  • Quick changeover
  • Low cycle time
  • Flow test with and without back pressure

Highflow flow test

Highflow flow test 2,500 – 40,000 ml/min

Highlights:

  • Cavitation studies
  • System flexibly adaptable to your application
  • Quick changeover
  • Flow test with and without back pressure

Fuel injection technology

Highly efficient injection systems that meet common standards require innovative assembly, adjustment and testing processes. With our decades of experience in the field of petrol and diesel injectors and our extensive laboratory equipment, we will be pleased to impress you with the quality of our processes!

Active Flow Meter for GDI injector test

Active Flow Meter (AFM) for GDI injector test

Combination  of high pressure generation and flow measurement in an innovative component. A hydraulic cylinder pushes a test medium through the injector. Knowing the stroke volume and the boundary conditions allows a precise statement to be made about the injector flow. Get to know more about our innovations.

Highlights:

  • Measurements in the pressure range of 10 – 1000 bar and in the measuring range of 0.1 – 150 mg/shot and scalable cylinder
  • Pressure generation and flow measurement combined in one system
  • The pump design can be used for flow and leak tests
  • Sturdy construction
  • Easy and low cost maintenance
  • Enhanced system availability
  • Minimal space requirement
  • Optional retrofitting in existing systems available
  • Low noise emission
  • Up to 97% less energy consumption in comparison with conventional technology
  • Optional self-diagnosis and maintenance prediction available

Gas GDI calibration machine

Gas – GDI calibration machine

Highlights:

  • Hydraulic leakage test in the nl range
  • Flow measurement of static and dynamic flow in petrol injectors with:
    • Rotating high pressure pump and Coriolis flow meter
    • ActiveFlowMeter (AFM) with measurements in the pressure range of 10 – 1000 bar and in the measuring range of 0.1 – 150 mg/shot
  • Flow calibration of dynamic flow and closing time (only with AFM)

Further possible measurements:

  • Injector characteristics
  • Function test
  • Determination of maximum opening pressure
  • Shot-to-shot measurement
  • Rate progression measurement

Diesel highflow flow test 2,500 – 40,000 ml/min

Highlights:

  • Flow test with and without back pressure
  • Cavitation studies
  • System flexibly adaptable to your application
  • Quick changeover

Diesel flow test

Diesel flow test 75 – 3,000 ml/min

  • Cavitation studies
  • System flexibly adaptable to your application
  • Quick changeover
  • Low cycle time
  • Flow test with and without back pressure

Diesel – nozzle function test stand

  • Opening pressure measurement
  • Spray measurement

Diesel – high pressure test bench

Customised measurements in the range of up to 3,000 bar possible

Electronics & software development

From planning to commissioning of the equipment, our in-house laboratory has the skills needed to cover customer requirements and implement customer-specific projects in the best possible way. We are also happy to support you in the field of software development in the broad area of the production chain. you will find comprehensive information about our previous projects and competences in the electronics & software development product area. We also look forward to meeting you in person.

Aerospace

Sonplas has been offering highly flexible system concepts in the field of functional testing of fuel and hydraulic components in the areas of aeronautical engineering, aviation maintenance and maintenance repair operations (MRO) since 2014. We can draw on more than 15 years of experience and knowledge in the processes we use – for example, innovations such as the Sonplas valve for avoiding cavitation effects.