BorgWarner has opened a new 100,000ft2 (9,290m2) technical center in Noblesville, Indiana. Combining operations from the company’s existing facilities in Anderson and Pendleton, Indiana, the new center includes a state-of-the-art laboratory which increases BorgWarner’s R&D capacity in line with growing demands from customers for electrified vehicle products. The new facility will enable the company to expand its prototype building and testing capabilities.
“We are thrilled to open our new technical center in Noblesville, allowing us to bring all our area employees under one beautiful new roof,” says Stefan Demmerle, president and general manager, BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems. “The new facility with its state-of-the-art lab and creative workspaces enables the research, development and testing of current and future hybrid and electric propulsion systems and components. This facility will be a key site in BorgWarner’s mission of developing clean, energy-efficient propulsion technologies.”
The new facility’s 40,000ft2 (3,720m2) lab will conduct testing and prototype building, along with expanded operations in line with BorgWarner’s growing electrified portfolio. The new site will develop and validate a variety of power electronics products, as well as motor, alternator and starter products. A dedicated sound chamber will conduct NVH testing, dedicated shaker tables will conduct vibration tests, and the lab will also be set up for metallurgy testing, analysis and metrology, coordinate measuring machine (CMM) capability and calibration. Two new system test cells will enable engineers to validate the company’s products as part of a complete propulsion system, and the new lab will increase BorgWarner’s ability to test key technologies such as 48V products and P2 hybrid modules. Six 48V test stations are currently in operation, with the potential to increase this capability in line with demand.