Arbin Instruments has expanded its Industrial Battery Testing (IBT) series for high volume test applications with an energy efficient cycle tester for a wide range of cell requirements.
The IBT series can provide hundreds of independent channels that can test single cell devices with voltages as low as 5V. It uses pulse width modulation technology— a technique that conforms the width of the pulse to control the power supplied to electrical devices— as a way to reduce costs for companies wanting to scale-up their battery testing.
Instead of the discharged energy from charge/discharge cycles being dissipated as heat, the pulse width modulation will recycle the energy between multiple charge and discharge channels.
There is also the option to feed the energy back to the grid instead of wasting it as heat, which would lower operational costs and improve efficiency to up to 90%.
The new hardware is capable of running around-the-clock without interruption and can self-calibrate the test channels while the system is running. The series comes with power failure protection that ensures all data is backed up and stored.
Testing is made simpler with a more robust software platform that makes testing high channel counts more flexible. The IBT software provides flexible test scheduling, user-friendly safety settings, and global monitoring and control capability.