BorgWarner has opened a new 100,000 square-foot technical centre in Noblesville, Indiana.
Combining operations from existing facilities in Anderson and Pendleton, Indiana, the new technical centre features a state-of-the-art lab which increases the company’s research and development capacity to meet growing customer demand for these products by expanding the prototype building and testing capabilities for its electrified products.
“We are thrilled to open our new technical centre in Noblesville, allowing us to bring all our area employees under one beautiful new roof,” said Dr. 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 technical centre’s 40,000 square-foot lab will conduct testing and prototype building along with expanded operations dedicated to BorgWarner’s growing electrified portfolio. With a combination of new and existing resources, the Noblesville location will develop and validate a variety of power electronics products as well as the company’s motor, alternator and starter products.
In addition, a dedicated sound chamber will conduct noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) testing, dedicated shaker tables will test for vibration and the lab will conduct metallurgy testing and analysis, and metrology, including coordinate measuring machine (CMM) measuring capability and calibration. Two new system test cells will allow engineers to validate the company’s products as part of an entire propulsion system.
The lab also increases the ability to test key technologies, including BorgWarner’s variety of 48-volt products and P2 hybrid modules. The lab will house six 48-volt test stations with the opportunity to increase the number of test stations as demand increases.
Employees from the existing facilities began moving into the Noblesville Technical Centre in April, with full occupancy by 2020.