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Batteries

For over 25 years, we have been the leading independent organization providing services related to battery testing and development to various OEMs, suppliers, and value added distributors.

Experience

Our battery journey began in the early 1980’s in support of a local company that manufactured implantable medical devices. Since that time, with demands for portable power continuing to increase, the emphasis on hybrid/electric vehicle development, and changes in the types of batteries available, battery testing requirements have also evolved and changed. In response to changes in the battery and related industries, we continually develop equipment and test methods as required to meet the needs of the industry including:

  • US DOT 49 CFR 173.185 Hazardous Materials; Transportation of Lithium Batteries
  • UN ST/SG/AC.10/11 Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Manual of Tests and Criteria
  • UL 1642 Safety of Lithium-Ion Batteries Testing
  • UL 2054 Safety Requirements for Household and Commercial Batteries
  • U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC) Freedom Car and related test manuals
  • Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) J2464 “Guidelines for Electric Vehicle Safety”
  • MIL Standards
  • Customer Specified Standards

The use of batteries spans a wide range of industries in our increasingly portable world. We provide a wide range of testing services to meet the needs of a variety of industries, including:

  • Cell and Battery Manufacturers
  • Military Suppliers
  • Medical Devices
  • Oil Drilling
  • Automotive (Hybrid/Electric Vehicles)
  • Commercial Power Supplies/Backup Power
  • Consumer Electronics
  • Security Screening
  • Power and Communications Technologies
  • Industrial Process Controls

The experience of testing to various standards for a wide range of industries has given our engineers and technicians broad-based expertise in testing from component-level to large scale projects.

Safety, Facilities and Support

When testing different battery chemistries (especially lithium and lithium ion), certain prototype cells and batteries can become unsafe when subjected to abuse conditions (crush, heating, short circuit). They can vent gases, catch on fire and explode, exposing people and equipment to hazardous conditions. To assure that the tests on batteries are conducted in a safe environment, the associates at our Fabrication Center designed, built and commissioned a state-of-the-art battery test laboratory. The test rooms at our facility are designed to contain the batteries in the event that they become unstable, while allowing tests to be observed safely.

Our Fabrication Center provides the support and resources to customize a fixture to accommodate any size or shape of battery. We have the ability to develop mechanical, electrical, and control components, integrating them to develop custom equipment to suit any requirements.

Broad-based expertise, first-class facilities, and the ability to design and fabricate test equipment are some of the reasons why manufacturers and suppliers from a wide range of industries throughout the world have chosen us to provide the products and services they need for evaluating their batteries.

Engineering Support

  • Evaluation/Test Plan Development
  • Specialized Test Requirements
  • Benchmarking
UN ST/SG/AC.10/11 Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Manual of Tests and Criteria
Application:
  • Lithium and lithium-ion cells (>1.5 grams lithium or equivalent lithium content) and batteries (>8 grams lithium or equivalent lithium content) that will be transported by ground, air, or sea
Test Modes
  • T1 – Altitude Simulation
  • T2 – Thermal
  • T3 – Vibration
  • T4 – Shock
  • T5 – External Short Circuit
  • T6 – Impact
  • T7 – Overcharge
  • T8 – Forced Discharge
International regulations based on UN Test Requirements
  • U.S. DOT 49 CFR 173.185
  • International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Technical Instructions
  • International Air Transport Association (IATA) Dangerous Goods Regulations
  • International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code
Mechanical/Electrical Abuse
  • Crush
  • Penetration
  • Immersion
  • Shock
  • Vibration
  • Impact
  • Acceleration
  • Connector Strength
  • Short Circuit
  • Overcharge
  • Forced Discharge
  • Functional Evaluation
Environmental/Durability
  • Thermal Cycling (Hot/Cold)
  • Thermal Runaway
  • Thermal Shock
  • Extreme Heat
  • High Frequency Vibration
  • Multi Axis Simulation Table (MAST)
  • Salt Spray
  • Dust
  • Rain Simulation
  • Altitude (Vacuum)
Facilities and Equipment

Facilities and equipment designed by experienced design and test engineers:

  • Turn-key facilities
  • Protective test cells
  • Customized fixtures
  • Complete manufacturing center including:
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Software
    • Training and checkout

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