Why I do this!
Apologies, but a bit of self indulgence in this months blog. Every now and then it is good to take stock and just reaffirm why I do what I do!
I offer a battery consultancy service allowing my clients to access my experience of over 36 years working with, and developing advanced battery solutions. Benefits include;
• Accurate battery type selection
• Improved product performance
• Superior integration of the battery into a system
• Selection of the best supplier
• Reduced costs
Having worked for one of the largest manufacturers of battery solutions in the UK for so long, I often found myself meeting clients who, although they had a good idea of what they wanted, did not know all of the options available to them. Of course, my advice had to be tailored to the product portfolio of my employer. It was very frustrating knowing that there were better options out there from other battery suppliers that, until now, I could not promote.
Most development and design engineers will have spent some time learning battery basics and followed this up with looking at the various articles available on the internet covering battery matters. That’s fine if the battery manufacturers are putting like for like data in their publicity. But they don’t. This makes comparing products very tricky.
Knowing how a particular battery responds to the loads and environments required, especially whilst you are still developing the product is tricky. Yes, a supplier will do some lifetime and performance calculations for you, but if the goal posts are moving as your product develops, they will not be as keen when you go back again and again asking for the calculations to be repeated. Of course they will do it with a smile on their face, but this activity has a cost, and you can be sure that it will be recovered eventually.
So how much more convenient it would be to have access to someone who can do these predictions for you before getting a potential supplier on board. Especially as you will know they are working for your interests and not those of the supplier.
I look forward to helping you in the future!
Careful thought needs to be given to the interaction of the battery, the device it is powering, the environment it is operating in and the skill set of the eventual user. The availability of ever more powerful and energetic batteries, and the rules and regulations regarding transport and disposal, mean that battery selection is not as straightforward as seems at first. The use of an independent expert to give guidance to your design team can save a huge amount of time and cost to new project development. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact DM Power Solutions using the contact form on this website.