British battery firm to launch modular smart battery system in the US



Intelligent Power Vault

UK based battery and charger design, development and manufacturing company Accutronics is set to launch its Intelligent Power Vault, a modular Lithium-Ion battery system in the USA at the MedTechWorld MD&M West show. The event is to take place on February 11-13, 2014 in the Anaheim Convention Centre in California. The Accutronics team and their range of batteries and chargers can be found in Hall E (Electronics West), on booth 337.

The Intelligent Power Vault (IPV) is a power management device that uses multiple Lithium-Ion smart batteries to provide rechargeable battery power to a wide range of transportable medical devices. The swappable smart battery technology represents a revolutionary way of storing energy for critical applications. Modularisation offers the high energy density and flexibility of smart Lithium-Ion battery technology without shipping limitations. The Intelligent Power Vault consists of a control module and slots for up to eight batteries, allowing up to 740Wh to be stored in a single unit.

The modular battery system solves the transportation problem associated with larger Lithium ion batteries – The Intelligent Power Vault it is simple to ship across various modes of transport because its Lithium Ion batteries are rated at 100 Watt-Hours and are modular and removable. For example, when shipping by air, the Intelligent Power vault is classed as 'equipment' and can be packed along with its VR420 batteries (and up to two spares). A shipper's declaration of dangerous goods is not required and the shipper needs only limited training – this reduces transit times and save money.

The IPV has been successfully employed in a variety of high tech applications. Weighing less than 8kg, the Intelligent Power Vault with eight batteries is two and a half times lighter than an equivalent lead acid battery, making it easy for the integrator to build it into the base of a medical trolley or cart. The Intelligent Power Vault is also used in high-end automated laboratory equipment where power failure cannot be tolerated. Other applications include ortho-dental scanners, communications equipment and embedded computing devices - mainly industrial PCs and robotic backup.

The Intelligent Power Vault is part of the Accutronics ‘Entellion’ range of pre-engineered power solutions which are designed, developed and manufactured to meet the strict qualification standards that the market demands. Entellion combines the company’s expertise in custom OEM battery products with its understanding of professional OEM requirements and market trends. The Credit Card and VR420 battery range together with the modular, Intelligent Power Vault are examples of Entellion in practice and are available off the shelf, but can be easily customised, reducing time to market.

The Accutronics team at the MD&M West booth will also illustrate the benefits of ‘Accupro’, a complete battery and charger design, engineering and manufacturing service. Accutronics develops specific custom batteries and chargers for its original equipment manufacturer (OEM) customers through Accupro. The company provides tailored solutions for professional high technology markets, such as the medical and healthcare sectors, by working with customers from the early stages of product development to create a customised solution for each individual project.

"With so much of our focus being on medical product development, the United States is a natural market for us to develop," explained Rob Phillips, managing director of Accutronics. “Our aim is to offer tailored solutions for professional high technology markets and we look forward to learning about American OEMs' requirements at this year's MD&M West," he concluded.