Robot technologies are emerging that allow these amazing devices to impact our lives in ways we never thought possible. When you examine the market as a whole, you see that robots require a multitude of different battery solutions depending on their required task.
Since April 2016, Lithium ion batteries which are offered for transport by air and which are packed by themselves (i.e. not contained in or packed with equipment) are required to be shipped at a state of charge (SoC) not exceeding 30% of their rated design capacity. Failure to comply with these regulations can lead to a fine or imprisonment.
Applications are changing so why aren't batteries?
Human beings are nothing if not creatures of habit. This is especially the case when it comes to buying consumables like batteries. We know batteries are important but we continue to buy cheap, subpar batteries that run out too quickly and simply cannot handle the heat. Here we explain the demands that three essential applications place on the humble 9V battery.
The worldwide battery market is expected to reach a value of $100 billion by 2025. To help original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) better understand this fast-growing market, professional battery manufacturer Accutronics has released a whitepaper explaining the features of the worldwide, UK, French and German battery market. The guide can be downloaded here.
If you had to name a safe pair of hands, healthcare and medical practitioners would probably rank at the top. However, the medical technology (MedTech) they use is in a vulnerable state. Recent years have proven this extensively, with an unprecedented number of cyberattacks targeting critical medical equipment in hospitals. Here, Neil Oliver, technical marketing manager at professional battery manufacturer Accutronics, explains what this means for MedTech manufacturers.
In early 2016, UK-based professional battery manufacturer Accutronics was acquired for £7.5m by global battery and communications systems specialist Ultralife Corporation. Here, Michele Windsor, global marketing manager of Accutronics, discusses how the acquisition has benefited the company and its customers across Europe.
The Entellion CC1150 mini credit card battery, launched at the end of 2015, is the perfect solution when a small, compact but highly functional battery solution is required. The CC1150 a 3.7V, 1.15h (4.2Wh) Lithium-ion 2.0A battery measuring just 54mm square and 9.5mm high, occupying half the footprint of a standard credit card.
Accutronics will be sharing insight into smart batteries for healthcare applications at this year’s Med-Tech Innovation Expo, at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, from April 26–27, 2017. The company will be exhibiting its Entellion range of pre-engineered smart medical batteries, as well as a selection of batteries for medical carts and wearable devices from its parent company Ultralife, from stand 29A in Ericsson hall-one for both days of the event.
Ultralife Corporation has strengthened its Thin Cell range of primary (non-rechargeable) lithium manganese dioxide (Li-MnO2) pouch-cell batteries. The higher energy density and slim form factor of Ultralife’s Thin Cell technology makes it ideal for use in the next generation of internet-connected and wearable devices in sectors including medical, banking, highways, logistics, warehousing and security.
Ultralife is set to enrich the U1 lead acid battery market with the launch of its new 492Wh Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) smart battery. The URB12400-U1-SMB battery, which features accurate fuel gauging and integrated safety circuitry, is designed to replace and improve on traditional sealed lead acid (SLA) batteries in applications such as medical carts, wheelchairs, scooters, robotics & delivery bots or uninterrupted power supply (UPS) systems.