Developing a new generation of high-performance electric motors, for both braking systems and cars’ traction, was the goal of Inproves pilot project, started in 2017, whose head company is Brembo, top player multinational in the production of systems for braking plants. Together with it, the partners eNovia, Mako-Shark, Magnenti Marelli, Motorsport, Peri, Milan Polytechnics, – Engineering and Energy Departments, MDQuadro, UTPVision and University of Bergamo have collaborated in the initiative.
We are in the ambit of the 2014-2020 operational regional programme, co-funded by Lombardy Region with European funds.
Inproves has provided for an integration of product and process for the implementation of road vehicles’ electric motors, to develop brushless electric motors (Permanent Magnet Machines-PMM) for both braking systems and for traction and energy recovery.
Such PMM are conceived simultaneously with the manufacturing process, based on Industry 4.0 paradigms, that is to say the complete digitalization of the production process, for the control and the management of plants, of processes and of logistic-productive flows.
Brembo and Marelli, with the support of Milan Polytechnics, have developed the mechanical and electromagnetic design of two different motor typologies for braking and traction systems.
Marelli has implemented a new high-efficiency traction motor, whereas Brembo has started the production of two motors’ prototypes for braking systems of different sizes, through a new digitalized assembling line, collaborating also with e-Novia, the Business Factory specialized in deep technologies, to develop a demonstrator of a new concept of integrated sensor for the control of the braking system. More in detail, concerning e-Novia, it is the design and testing of a magnetic sensor for measuring the rotor’s absolute position in a BLDC motor, with advantages in terms of assembling and performances.
«With INPROVES, today an ambitious challenging project is ending,” stated Alessandro Ciotti – Chief R&D Officer of Brembo, “which has involved the pre-industrial development of a new family of products and technical solutions in the ambit of the sustainable mobility of the future, whose priority targets are the adoption of more efficient, automated and connected vehicles».