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Editor’s Choice GTS and RGIS Launch Battery Test & Replace Service for Mobile Devices Global Technology Systems, Inc. (GTS), a provider in battery power for the mobile workforce, together with RGIS, LLC, an independent field auditing and testing services, has introduced a Battery Test & Replace service. GTS and RGIS developed technology and a field service program that accurately determines the condition of each battery used in mobile devices in the workplace, and as necessary, physically removes and replaces the bad ones. Millions of mobile professionals who rely on mobile devices to complete critical job-related tasks, are plagued by unreliable batteries. The devices are only as good as the batteries that power them. Unhealthy batteries are a leading cause of device instability, high service costs, unplanned work stoppages and unnecessary battery expenditures. The Battery Test & Replace service is proven to ensure optimal worker productivity, and drastically reduce mobile device service costs. The Battery Test & Replace service provides a new business process that addresses previously uncontrolled battery assets. The service is easy to implement and does not disrupt operations. GTS and RGIS recently completed the Battery Test and Replace service for a large national retailer to help them prepare for the holiday season. RGIS deployed more than 500 independent auditors to almost 2,000 locations across the US to test batteries in several of their mobile devices. GTS and RGIS tested more than 130,000 batteries in less than a month, collected and reported 800,000 fields of data and found that more than 50 percent were no longer healthy enough to adequately power a device. Even though the retailer consistently invested in new batteries it was practically impossible to remove old batteries from operations. As a result, some of these batteries were more than five years old. ZPower Announce ISO 9001:2008 Certification for Rechargeable Silver-Zinc Batteries ZPower LLC has received ISO 9001:2008 certification from the global auditing firm BSI. This certification covers ZPower’s processes for the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of rechargeable silver-zinc batteries. “ISO 9001:2008 certification reflects our commitment to being the premier developer and manufacturer of silver-zinc batteries through continually improving the effectiveness of our quality management system,” said Dr. Ross Dueber, president and CEO of ZPower. “During the past three years we have designed and installed two manufacturing lines to produce rechargeable hearing aid batteries, and we’ll soon release our first batteries into the market. Certification is a significant milestone given that quality is such a critical element for this application. Hearing aid manufacturers, hearing care professionals and their patients can be confident that ZPower batteries are designed and produced according to the highest standards of quality.” 4 Battery Power • March/April 2013 Anton/Bauer MPS DIONIC 270 Battery for Hotswap Systems Anton/Bauer MPS has announced that its DIONIC 270 battery, which has received UL 2054 certification, is now shipping. The 270 Wh Li-Ion battery is a high-performing swappable battery, delivering up to 10 amps of power by utilizing components originally designed for military operations. The DIONIC 270 is available as part of the company’s patented HotSwap product line that can be found in hospitals throughout the US and Europe as they power mobile medical devices including workstations-on-wheels, medical carts, patient monitoring systems and other critical care devices. “We are pleased to deliver this innovative battery to the medical device community,” says Patrick Ney, vice president, Anton/Bauer MPS. “The DIONIC 270 is a powerful addition to our already renowned product offerings as it allows our customers to use a single battery while maintaining long equipment run times. When a hospital utilizes higher-power consuming devices or needs extraordinarily long run times, an additional DIONIC 270 can be added to provide a total of 540 WH of capacity. That’s an enormous amount of available power that provides flexibility unlike any product on the market.” Exide Pens Three-Year Battery Supply Partnership With RAC Exide Transportation, a division of Exide Technologies, has signed a three-year deal to supply RAC with more than 160,000 batteries annually. As part of its selection process, RAC studied each supplier’s technology, supply chain, brand recognition and overall value proposition. Early on it knew that only a primary battery manufacturer could bring the best combination of quality and value to its seven million members. Exide and RAC decided on a co-branded battery design to highlight the sense of partnership they have embraced. “RAC told us early on that they didn’t just want a supplier, they wanted a partner that could bring the latest technology and best value to their members,” said Andrew Bevington, sales and marketing director at Exide. “We worked closely together to design co-branded batteries that are technically advanced, long lasting and affordable.” RAC patrols carry a broad range of batteries for most types of UK cars, and they drive to a nearby distributor if a customer needs a battery they are not carrying. “RAC responds to over 500,000 battery-related call-outs each year, and we always aim to get each customer back on the road as quickly as possible,” said RAC’s Mark Johnson. “Exide has a large and geographically dispersed supply chain network, which will help to make this possible.”

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Battery Power - March/April 2013

Battery Power - March/April 2013
Editor's Choice
GTS and RGIS Launch Battery Test & Replace Service for Mobile Devices
Leyden Energy Raises $10 Million for Commercialization of Silicon Anode Mobile Pouch Cells and Automotive Start-Stop Batteries
Circuit Protection Approach for High-Rate Discharge Li-Ion Battery Application
Battery Power 2013 Conference Preview
Simplify Peripheral Connectivity and Extend Battery Life in Mobile Applications
Managing Lithium-Chemistry Batteries: It’s Mostly About Their Temperature
Lead Acid Batteries: A Proven Technology Marches Forward
New Products
Charging & Testing
Power Supplies & Conversion
ICs & Semiconductors
Industry New

Battery Power - March/April 2013