From pit-stop to dry dock – how high-performance service delivers exceptional reliability
F1 partnership update | Baden, Switzerland | Jul 19, 2023
It’s at this stage that Accelleron is exploring another Formula 1 mainstay; the use of additive manufacturing. “For some time we have been working with Sauber to share expertise around 3D printing,” Schwarz explains. “Being able to make components, especially for older, legacy applications in this way, will enable us to reduce lead times of some complex components from several weeks to maybe two or three days. This project is well underway, and we have a number of product trials ongoing in the field.”
Once the necessary parts are on site, it’s up to Accelleron’s 500-strong team of service engineers to ensure the fitting process runs like clockwork. Deadlines are always tight, and with up to four turbochargers per engine to work on, multiple teams are often deployed to operate 24 hours a day.
Like in Formula 1, training is essential. “Planned overhauls are one thing, but we also train our engineers for the unexpected because that's exactly when you need people at the top of their game and ready to act,” Schwarz says.
“Our engineers train continuously on the different products so they are ready to serve the entire portfolio. Each year we run about 40 courses at Baden, and the training process for each engineer takes up to four years.
“Through their work, and our wider service operation we know our customers directly, and we build close relationships. And that’s unique in our industry. No one operates their own service network like Accelleron.”