Holland Mechanics Prepares Multicycle For E-Bike Wheel Building
The rise of the e-bike has ushered in a new era in wheel building for the Dutch supplier of wheel building machinery, Holland Mechanics. The E-Bike Line is multifunctional and can be used for standard wheel building, as well as e-bike wheel building.
The rise of the e-bike has ushered in a new era in wheel building for the Dutch supplier of wheel building machinery, Holland Mechanics. The E-Bike Line is multifunctional and can be used for standard wheel building, as well as e-bike wheel building. Although it is not always clearly visible, an e-bike wheel with a hub motor has its own specific qualifications.
The Holland Mechanics InLine Lacing and Tightening machine has a tilt and turn mechanism for optimal nipple contact during lacing. For the big, heavy hubs on e-bikes it is important to stabilize the wheel and lock the nipples, which prevents nipple loosening. After the QLock Application System the wheel is finished by the E-bike adjusted Robot.
“The wide usability of the E-Bike Line makes it an attractive investment for OEMs as well as e-bike hub suppliers,” says Wouter van Doornik of Holland Mechanics. “The OEMs can integrate it in their standard wheel production lines without taking additional space in the production hall. The E-Bike Line is a replacement of the existing wheel building line, not an addition."
"For many e-bike hub suppliers we provide a highly flexible assembly line which can be adjusted to switch quickly between the different specifications per customers. The growing flexibility is also complicating the whole production process of wheel building. The latest version of our machine recognizes the wheels automatically, while truing is done according to standards set in the database. The size of the production batch is irrelevant. Whether it is just one unit or five hundred units, the robot self-adjusts, without any intervention by the operator. The robot even selects the components automatically, like the colour of the nipples.”
“Quality requires investments”
“The investment in a new Holland Mechanics E-bike wheel building line was a matter of quality for us, just like our investment in a painting facility”, says Jan de Jong, General Manager of the small, high-end OEM Multicycle in the Netherlands.
“We have specified the Rigida Andra e-bike heavy duty rim in many of our models, not only for e-bikes but also for our Trekking range. The Holland Mechanics e-bike wheel building line is most suitable to handle this high quality rim. We have chosen to build the wheels ourselves to guarantee the highest level of quality continuously and to stay close to market developments. Next to the e-bike, the market is asking for light weight products with a special design, especially in our market segment. With both investments we can keep on track with the latest market developments.”