Italian battery manufacturing machinery firm Sovema is to launch an updated enveloper machine for enveloping lead-acid battery plates in mid-2014.
After two to three years of testing and trials in various locations around the world, in the next quarter Sovema will launch an improved version of its enveloping machine, General Manager Massimiliano Ianniello told BEST.
“We have solved the reliability and other issues,” said Ianniello. “Some of the parts were unreliable meaning we were unsure how long the machine would last. We like to put our machines in the ‘worst’ places where the customer is effectively abusing the machine.
“We cannot pretend that the first or second machines we make of each model will be perfect. Some of the small parts like cylinders and belts we had issues with; we immediately solved the belt problem and now we have solved the cylinder issues.”
Sovema is imminently launching an improved drum paster, as well as a 30 tonnes ball mill, a significant increase on its previous model of 24 tonnes.
The Verona-based firm is also developing a new punching machine, one which Ianniello claims is unlike any other on the market. “We want to have a ‘smart’ punching machine which allows the operator to know exactly what is going on with each phase of the process.”