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How to select and maintain non-rechargeable batteries

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-Jun-2018 14:57:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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Last month in the blog we asked, 'Are your rechargeable batteries maintenance heavy?' – this month we look at ways to choose the optimum non-rechargeable (primary) batteries for applications as diverse as government & defense, home security, medical and IoT; as well as how to preserve their energy and extend shelf life.

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UK military batteries from the home front

[fa icon="calendar'] 07-Jun-2018 15:48:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Military industry insight

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For military devices used by the Ministry of Defence, it is geo-politically safer to have components manufactured in the UK, right down to the power source.  As a UK battery designer and manufacturer, Accutronics are ideally placed to supply batteries for devices used by the armed forces, such as covert airfield-landing lights, oxygen concentrators, bomb disposal robotics and drones.

The Accupro custom battery design and manufacturing service can cater for the specific requirements of OEMs building such devices, in terms of performance, durability, size and weight.

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What's the true cost of overtime and can robotics help?

[fa icon="calendar'] 31-May-2018 16:17:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Robotics

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Current US laws impose ‘no limit on how many hours US workers can work’ and those who  undertake more than 40 hours a week qualify for overtime pay at 1.5 times their normal wage; so it is unsurprising to find that an estimated 80 percent of Americans continue to work after their mandated working day has ended.  However, not having a work-life balance can have a long-term effect on staff productivity. 

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Are your rechargeable batteries maintenance heavy?

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-May-2018 14:24:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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Rechargeable battery chemistries have advanced significantly in recent years.  Lithium-ion has emerged as the go-to battery chemistry for a wide range of devices, from home applications such as smartphones and cordless power tools, to industrial Medtech and military equipment.

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New Inspired Energy Batteries meet IEC 62133:2012 and UL/CSA 62133

[fa icon="calendar'] 03-May-2018 13:09:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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If you’ve been searching for a battery which has been certified to IEC 62133:2012 and UL/CSA 62133 standards then Inspired Energy’s new QE range of Lithium-ion smart batteries could be the perfect solution, and they’re now available to order or pre-order (product dependent).

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How soldiers power their military devices

[fa icon="calendar'] 25-Apr-2018 15:33:00 / by Jonathan DiGiacomandrea PE posted in Military industry insight

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~ A look at the high-tech battery that conforms to the shape of the body ~

Today's combat soldiers can often carry up to 100 pounds (45kg) of gear, which may need to be carried through the most extreme environmental conditions for up to 48 hours or more.  Here, J.D. DiGiacomandrea, applications engineering manager at military battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, explains the company's pioneering involvement in the US Land Warrior soldier-modernization program and how it led to the development of a high-tech battery that conforms to the shape of the body.

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Batteries that don’t break the NHS budget

[fa icon="calendar'] 17-Apr-2018 11:58:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Medical industry insight

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Funding for the Department of Health has slowed by around 3% compared to historical trends.  As a result, hospitals are likely to assess cost savings in their purchasing decisions, which will have a knock-on effect on the prices that medical device manufacturers (OEMs) are able to charge.  Therefore, OEMs may consider reducing spending on parts such as the battery.  Accutronics’ range of Entellion pre-engineered batteries are an excellent low-cost option, as they have no tooling or qualification costs and are certified to comply with medical legislation.  The range includes VR series, CMX series and credit card batteries.

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Product development for the soldiers of tomorrow

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-Apr-2018 15:18:59 / by Jonathan DiGiacomandrea PE posted in Military industry insight

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~ What will soldiers look like in 2028 and how will military tech have changed? ~

The rate of new product development is increasing, and nowhere is this more evident than the government and defense industry.  With modernization programs and increased military spend, there’s a great deal of innovation emerging from the sector.  Here, Jonathan DiGiacomandrea, applications engineering manager for global military battery specialist Ultralife Corporation, explains how technological advancement is reshaping what soldiers will look like in ten years’ time.

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Search and rescue product development calls on batteries

[fa icon="calendar'] 20-Mar-2018 15:07:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Manufacturing industry insight

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In an emergency, search and rescue devices need to be put swiftly to use and cannot shutdown until the mission is complete.  Therefore, the source of power should be a vital consideration for OEMs early in the product development or design process.  Taking emergency beacons, drones and back-up generators as examples; here we consider how the functionality of these devices can dictate the battery design.

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Bring bomb disposal, surgical and logistics robots to life

[fa icon="calendar'] 08-Mar-2018 15:07:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Medical industry insight, Robotics

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Robots for military, medical, surveillance and logistics purposes are all assisting humans by undertaking dangerous or monotonous tasks but can still have very different power needs, based on the legislations they are subject to and their reliance on battery power.  Here we examine the vital functionalities of bomb disposal robots, drones, surgical robotics and logistics robots that can influence the power solutions they require.

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