Do you get frustrated that your non-rechargeable battery does not maintain the same level of energy and power for its entire life? Ultralife manufactures a range of products to tackle this requirement. With a range of products on offer, it is important to understand the differences between them to ensure you select the best battery for your needs; down to the chemistry. Ultralife utilize two leading Lithium chemistries – Lithium Thionyl Chloride and Lithium Manganese Dioxide – that are compared here.
When we think of military technology, it is primarily weapons that come to mind. However, from 2017 to 2018, the UK MoD inventory consisted of over £53 million worth of medical, dental and veterinary equipment (an 11% increase on the previous year). There are many different types of battery powered technology that can assist military personnel in a medical capacity – on, above and outside the battlefield. All of these have different power requirements and getting the power right is essential when a soldier’s livelihood, during or after service, relies on it.
If there is one form of robotics where safety is of paramount importance, it would be in the medical or surgical sectors. Batteries have played a vital role in allowing surgical robots to become accepted by medical professionals and patients alike. To understand the impact that batteries have had on surgical robots and, perhaps more importantly, the impact they could have in the future, it is useful to go back to the beginning.
Approximately 60% of convicted burglars stated the presence of a security system influenced their decision to target another home, according to a report by the University of North Carolina. Therefore, owners of residential or commercial property portfolios should invest in protecting them against theft. Here we look at the traditional and modern home security systems that are available to landlords and property managers – and examine their portable power requirements.
How higher capacity cells allow batteries to be
smaller and lighter
The energy rating of rechargeable Lithium batteries has a major impact on the way they can be shipped by air, sea, road or rail. Batteries with an energy rating greater than 100 Watt-hours are subject to more stringent labelling, packaging and paperwork requirements, along with additional training and certification imposed on those personnel offering them for transport.
2019 is set to be a demanding year for US defense contractors, as U.S. President Donald Trump pledges to help several NATO countries to procure U.S.-made military products. Not only is the challenge to deliver high quality military equipment that is suitable for use in another country, but to provide technical support for each component for the lifetime of the device, down to the battery. Ultralife Corporation manufactures a range of leading military batteries and has the technical expertise to solve any potential problems before they occur.
Computer and medical carts are increasingly used to reduce the need for paperwork in hospitals, warehouses, schools and more. This has resulted in many different types of cart. In hospitals and clinics alone, there are Emergency Carts, Anaesthesia Carts, Procedure Carts, Mobile Computing Carts, Medication Carts and more.
However, the main issue restricting their use is lack of space inside a facility or fixed equipment causing an obstruction (a survey conducted by Ergotron and HIMSS Analytics revealed).
Stemming from this, developments in battery technology are paving the way for smaller computer and medical carts.
2018 was another year of advancements in the field of robotics, including in the sectors for which Ultralife Corporation manufacture batteries (such as drones, bomb disposal, surgical and logistics). Focusing on those four sectors, we look back at the main robotics developments over the past year and predict the drones and robots we are likely to see emerge in 2019, before discussing whether new batteries will be needed to power them.