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Behind-the-scenes look at the development of the credit card battery

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Oct-2018 10:19:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Manufacturing industry insight

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Most of the work that takes place inside the battery manufacturing facility of Accutronics Ltd in Staffordshire, UK is highly confidential (bespoke batteries built under strict non-disclosure agreements).  In this rare glimpse behind-the-scenes, we discover how the pre-engineered range of Entellion credit card batteries evolved from the drawing board to the production line.

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Powering tomorrow’s bomb disposal robots

[fa icon="calendar'] 09-Oct-2018 18:57:00 / by Stone Junction posted in Robotics

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In 2017, US research institute SRI International unveiled its Taurus robot, a bomb disposal robot that allowed operators to control it using a virtual reality headset. This is just the latest in a long line of technology developments for bomb disposal units.

Here, military robot battery manufacturer Ultralife Corporation, explains the power considerations of advanced bomb disposal robots.
 

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RFID can help OEMs to ensure Medtech authenticity

[fa icon="calendar'] 27-Sep-2018 20:12:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Safety and security industry insight

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In 2017, approximately $500,000 worth of counterfeit medical devices were seized from a record 123 countries. For hospitals, this means there is an increasing need to ensure the authenticity of Medtech, as sub-standard products may not have the safety and reliability needed for life critical applications.  For OEMs, ensuring the hospital is only using genuine parts in their Medtech can help to protect against false warranty claims

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Battery powered robots – past, present and future

[fa icon="calendar'] 18-Sep-2018 10:17:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Robotics

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Today’s battery powered robots have come a long way since William Grey Walter’s first autonomous invention in 1948.  Technology has evolved to the point that humans are now not afraid to have robots work alongside them on the factory floor (co-bots).

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OEMs can benefit from billions & trillions spent by UK & US military

[fa icon="calendar'] 13-Sep-2018 14:51:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Military industry insight

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Reports state that the planned expenditure by the UK Ministry of Defence on equipment and support up to 2026 is £178bn.  A staggering figure alone but one that is dwarfed by the US current federal budget for FY2018 of $3.9 trillion.

The military are among the largest public procurement organisations in US and Europe, contracting for all manner of goods and services in sectors ranging from aircraft carrier equipment to utilities.

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Power the security revolution with thin cell batteries

[fa icon="calendar'] 04-Sep-2018 16:39:00 / by Stone Junction posted in Safety and security industry insight

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The worldwide smart home security market is expected to reach $18 billion in 2020, with smart security systems becoming increasingly prevalent in people’s homes to protect against intruders, monitor entrances and detect floods. With sensors now dotted around the home, the power requirements of smart security devices have changed from traditional alarm systems.

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20 years on, does Sliding Doors hold the key to supplier day meetings?

[fa icon="calendar'] 29-Aug-2018 12:27:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Medical industry insight

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2018 is the 20th anniversary of the movie Sliding Doors.  Yet it continues to resonate because it challenges us to think about the choices we make in life that come to define it.   In the film, Helen Quilley’s (Gwyneth Paltrow) destiny hinges on whether she catches a train (an iconic scene that’s been re-created in TV shows like Broad City).

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Over 60 years of 9V batteries

[fa icon="calendar'] 14-Aug-2018 16:18:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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It is hard to imagine life without the 9V battery.  It has powered so many household and industrial devices for over six decades that it can easily be taken for granted.  Yet Ultralife Corporation are still manufacturing these power houses after more than a quarter of a century; phenomenal considering the rate of scientific and technological change. 
 

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Get Medtech, military equipment or robotics to the finish line

[fa icon="calendar'] 26-Jul-2018 12:07:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Products & Services

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In the Formula 1 GP 2018, current world champion Lewis Hamilton has the same number of race wins as Sebastian Vettel.  In the coming races, Hamilton will surely be aiming for the enviably swift pit stop time of 1.9 seconds, as every second spent off the track presents an opportunity for an opponent to overtake. 

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Round-up of advancements to Li-ion technology

[fa icon="calendar'] 19-Jul-2018 13:07:00 / by Rob Brown posted in Insider

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Due to its excellent energy density and high number of discharge cycles; Lithium-ion is one of the most popular battery chemistries found in the home (in smartphones, fitness trackers) and the workplace (robotics, Medtech).  Devices that used SLA batteries are now using LiFePO4 Lead Acid Replacement that are lighter with enhanced cycle life.  It’s therefore no surprise that cell manufacturers and research institutes are undertaking research and development to advance this technology.

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