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.
Although it’s only January, OEMs are already creating new products to tempt buyers next Christmas. One dilemma that often occurs is choosing a suitable power source for a product which has never existed. On such untrodden ground, there are many avenues to consider, which is where speaking to an experienced battery designer and manufacturer like Accutronics can be invaluable.
In our previous blog, we discussed how ‘dead batteries caused 24% of all smoke alarm failures in 2015’, which means that Fire Protection Groups and Fire Departments must be cautious when recommending the best batteries. Many factors must be considered, from high performance to longevity.
India is projected to be the world's most populous country by 2024, making it an attractive target market for product manufacturers in the rest of the world. However, foreign manufacturers who intend to export to India are required to obtain Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) registration for both the device and its batteries (separately). Accutronics are well-placed to obtain BIS registration for batteries, however it's a time-consuming process with multiple challenges.
In the United States, the Hotel and Motel Fire Safety Act of 1990 states that it is a legal requirement for hotels and motels to have ‘hard-wired, single-station smoke detectors in each guestroom in accordance with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standard 72’.
According to PR Newswire, the wearable medical devices market is expected to be worth $14.41bn by 2022. Developments in technology are paving the way for smaller, lighter devices with an increasing range of features. However, OEMs must rely on compact batteries to power them.
Did you know that the lead acid battery is 159 years old? Since its invention, there have been many improved variations such as the first sealed, or maintenance-free, lead acid (SLA) that was introduced in the mid-1970s. However, 22 years ago John B. Goodenough first described an alternative chemistry – Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) – that would serve the same applications with significant advantages. Ultralife Corporation developed a full range of batteries using this chemistry to provide OEMs with a lower cost, reduced weight and easier-to-integrate option. Here we explore these advantages and introduce the newest member of the Ultralife LiFePO4 family.
Retail giants like Amazon are making headlines with their attempts to improve logistics operations with the use of drones. Yet original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) should not forget the need for logistics assistance on the ground. Although the expense and labor involved with utilizing automated guided vehicles (AGVs) may have previously deterred many organisations from adopting this technology; developments in the field look set to increase demand.
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.
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.