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2012 Battery Symposium | May 2-3 | Columbus, OH

By Mitchell Matheny on Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

EWI, OSUCAR, and CAR Technologies are hosting the 2012 Battery Symposium May 2-3 in Columbus, OH.  We have a great line up of key note speakers including Tien Duong from the US Department of Energy, as well as industry leaders from Ford and IHS Automotive. 

This two day event is great for designers and manufacturers, and when I say manufacturers I mean it.  Unlike other battery shows, conferences and seminars, the 2012 Battery Symposium will dedicate one full day of presentations to advanced battery manufacturing technology.  I will be presenting the latest in ultrasonic metal welding of current collector plates to battery tabs.  Most large format cell manufacturers are utilizing a two or three step process along with mechanical fasteners for this joint.  I will review a one step process which requires no mechanical fasteners and is capable of joining thinner current collectors which reduces material cost, weight, and volume.  Other manufacturing topics include design for disassembly and non-destructive evaluation.

Day two will highlight battery characterization, testing, and life.  In addition to the key note speakers and technology presentations, all attendees will have the opportunity to tour the laboratories of EWI, OSUCAR, and CAR Technologies.  The presenters, such as myself, will be easily accessible during the symposium to discuss how these new technologies can be applied to your applications. I hope to see you there!

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