Autocraft Solutions Group discusses their transition to EV remanufacturing at Rematec Amsterdam

Michael Hague-Morgan, Executive Director of Autocraft Solutions Group, shared insights into the company’s strategic shift towards electric vehicle (EV) remanufacturing in this exclusive interview at Rematec Amsterdam 2023.

Michael Hague-Morgan, Executive Director of Autocraft Solutions Group, shared insights into the company’s strategic shift towards electric vehicle (EV) remanufacturing in this exclusive interview at Rematec Amsterdam 2023. Photo by Mark Phillips/Aftermarket Intel

With more than four decades of experience in internal combustion engine (ICE) remanufacturing, Autocraft is now at the forefront of battery pack repair and remanufacturing, reflecting the industry’s pivot towards electrification.

Michael Hague-Morgan, Executive Director of Autocraft Solutions Group, shared insights into the company’s strategic shift towards electric vehicle (EV) remanufacturing in this exclusive interview at Rematec Amsterdam 2023.

Hague-Morgan highlighted the company’s early recognition of the potential market for EVs.

“Right back in 2006, we identified that this was going to be a potential market,” he said. This foresight led Autocraft to partner with universities, embarking on a journey of research and development (R&D) that has now culminated in successful production. “It’s important to know that we’ve got a future,” Hague-Morgan emphasized, underscoring the necessity for adaptation in a rapidly changing world.

Challenges in battery pack remanufacturing

Discussing the complexities of remanufacturing battery packs, Hague-Morgan pointed out the technological and market challenges. “Navigating your way through what is an opinion and what is a fact, really drilling down into the real truth of the matter,” is crucial, he noted. The ability to explore and validate the most effective methods is integral to overcoming these challenges, he added.

At Rematec Amsterdam, Autocraft showcased their substantial achievements in battery pack remanufacturing. “We did 3,000 packs last year,” Hague-Morgan revealed, emphasizing the importance of demonstrating real-world capability. This high volume across multiple customers sets Autocraft apart, proving their ability to “walk the walk” in an industry where many only talk about remanufacturing.

Hague-Morgan detailed the rigorous process behind their battery pack remanufacturing, emphasizing safety and quality assurance. Utilizing a patented system, Autocraft delves deep into battery packs to diagnose primary and secondary faults. This data-driven approach ensures precise and safe repairs, supported by advanced software that guides operators through each step, he said.

“If the operator goes out of sequence, takes the wrong tool, or starts to put their hand in the wrong place, the system will shut down and alarm for safety,” Hague-Morgan explained. This meticulous process, including camera systems and projectors for real-time guidance, guarantees robust and repeatable outcomes.

Autocraft’s dedication to safety extends to detecting potential hazards such as gas leaks during the repair process. The system’s ability to shut down and alert operators ensures a safe working environment, safeguarding both the workers and the integrity of the remanufactured battery packs.


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