How To Determine the Best Curing & Drying Equipment for Manufacturing Batteries
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WAUWATOSA, Wis. - WisconsinEagle -- Lead-Acid Batteries are used every day in areas ranging from freight trains to lawn tractors. The batteries are popular because for the most part, they don't require a ton of maintenance, they are extremely durable, reliable, and recyclable.

Current Market Trends

Even though the lead-acid battery process has stayed very much the same over the course of its existence, customers still want to perfect their curing recipes and processes to minimize waste and improve efficiency—not only efficiencies within the manufacturing process but also efficiency in the batteries themselves.

Curing and drying are  integral steps in the lead-acid battery manufacturing process. It's extremely important for the curing chambers to maintain specific conditions including temperature and humidity. Typically, manufacturers keep their specifics (time, temperature, humidity) of this step guarded closely.

Four Key Global Battery Manufacturing Trends:

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1.    Improve plate processing by implementing robotic stacking of the plates rather than manual stacking to reduce human exposure to lead.

2.    Reduce curing times while maintaining advanced crystal growth.

3.    Find innovations of separator materials and ingredients in the lead oxide recipes to prolong battery life and defend against stratification.

4.    Improve manufacturing solutions in lead-acid battery manufacturing facilities to improve quality and battery production per square foot of factory.

How to choose the best OEM partner for your battery production?

Look for an OEM with:

-       Long track record of providing lead-acid battery technology with efficient equipment

-       Experience in supporting both large and small global companies

-       Ability to support customers with state-of-the-art curing chambers

-       Capabilities around the development of custom curing ovens and drying chambers

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Most importantly… find a company familiar with the challenges in operating a battery production line efficiently and know how to reduce bottlenecks. For example, proper utilization of the curing chambers' design and size can be a challenge. If the chamber design is undersized, the production rate will fall short. If the curing chamber is over-sized, excessive curing time cycles will occur. The right sized curing chamber can greatly reduce overall cycle times and energy consumption.

ITS continues to innovate and deliver solutions with ever-increasing efficiency, smaller footprints, and lower energy consumption to help you meet sustainability goals.

Contact a representative today to arrange an on-site consultation to learn how ITS provides a state-of-the-art solution for you.

Nanette Gregory

Source: International Thermal Systems
Filed Under: Manufacturing

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