Schuler presses form parts for Volkswagen ID.3
by Hans Diederichs
Many parts for Volkswagen’s new electric car ID.3 have their origins in Schuler presses. The supplier Snop produces A-pillars and sills on the hot stamping line at its location in Klášterec (Czech Republic) in the south of Zwickau (Germany), where the ID.3 rolls off the line. Outer body parts for the ID.3 are also being produced on Schuler machines – like on a press line which Schuler will install at the Volkswagen site in Zwickau this spring.
The commissioning of the hot stamping line took place in the summer of last year. The 1,200 metric tons press hardening system comes with blank loader, oven to heat the blanks to 930 degrees Celsius, three-axis twin feeders for their rapid transport, and dies to form and cool the parts. As a general contractor, Schuler offers turnkey systems including all necessary components. Schuler's PCH ("Pressure Controlled Hardening") technology enables optimum distribution of contact pressure, resulting in a short cycle time of up to eight seconds and lightweight as well as high-strength components.
The ID.3 is based on the modular electric drive matrix (MEB) developed by Volkswagen. The special model ID.3 1ST with a power of 107 kW and a top speed of 160 kilometers per hour has a range of up to 420 kilometers and will be delivered in summer of 2020. In addition, there will each be a model with 330 and 550 kilometers range.
Source and photo: Schuler AG