New Battery Technologies – Added Value Electronics Can Turn Normal Batteries into Smart Battery Packs

Anton Beck, Battery Project Manager
Epec

Batteries have come a long way since their invention, from Volta’s voltic pile of zinc and copper plates to today’s high tech lithium ion batteries. The energy density (both volumetric and gravimetric) of battery cells has steadily increased over the years with new battery chemistries. Read more about New Battery Technologies – Added Value Electronics Can Turn Normal Batteries into Smart Battery Packs

Extending Battery Life: A Routine Maintenance Schedule Can Dramatically Improve the Life of Flooded Lead-Acid Batteries

Fred Wehmeyer, Senior Vice President of Engineering
US Battery Manufacturing

Businesses that use flooded lead-acid batteries for a variety of applications already know the importance of charging and adding water for optimum performance. Flooded lead-acid batteries are still the most cost effective means to power a variety of vehicles such as golf cars, platforms, cranes and more, but are also great for storing power used in off-grid and partial grid applications. Although these batteries are cost effective, anyone who has had to purchase a new set of them knows how expensive that can be. By making the batteries last longer, users can save a significant amount of money and reduce annual operating costs. Read more about Extending Battery Life: A Routine Maintenance Schedule Can Dramatically Improve the Life of Flooded Lead-Acid Batteries

Preventing Counterfeiting: Challenges and Selection Criteria for an Ideal Authentication Solution

Robert Rozario
Infineon Technologies North America Corp.

The counterfeiting and cloning of devices and peripherals are major concerns for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). These concerns grow when manufacturing is outsourced to offshore Contract Manufacturers (CMs) or even to multiple CMs, which can make it almost impossible to protect the intellectual property (IP) and prevent the unauthorized production of gray market products and peripherals. Legitimate suppliers not only suffer direct revenue losses, but also lose brand reputation if a product is damaged as the result of using cloned peripherals, and may even incur high liability costs. Read more about Preventing Counterfeiting: Challenges and Selection Criteria for an Ideal Authentication Solution

Take Charge: Follow New Lithium Battery Regulations to Help Ensure Smooth Supply Chain

Bob Richard, Vice President of Regulatory and Government Services
Labelmaster

While lithium batteries deliver superior performance and reliability in numerous applications, the same technology that makes them so useful also presents unique hazards for shippers, carriers and receivers if not safely packed and handled when transported. As a result, regulations in the US and around the world are being significantly revised to better ensure the safe transportation of lithium batteries. Read more about Take Charge: Follow New Lithium Battery Regulations to Help Ensure Smooth Supply Chain

The Mergers & Acquisitions Environment

Scott Mulcahy, Managing Director
XMS Capital Partners

Stock Prices High, Confidence High
Acquisitions are optimistic undertakings. They involve risk. Business leaders feel more confidence when their companies are performing well. Strong operating performance is often coupled with high stock prices and attractive valuation metrics. It is no surprise that, in general, Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) activity tends to rise and fall with the economy and equity markets. Read more about The Mergers & Acquisitions Environment

The Mergers & Acquisitions Environment

Scott Mulcahy, Managing Director
XMS Capital Partners

Stock Prices High, Confidence High
Acquisitions are optimistic undertakings. They involve risk. Business leaders feel more confidence when their companies are performing well. Strong operating performance is often coupled with high stock prices and attractive valuation metrics. It is no surprise that, in general, Mergers and Acquisition (M&A) activity tends to rise and fall with the economy and equity markets. Read more about The Mergers & Acquisitions Environment

Battery Take-Back Legislation: EU Speciality or Worldwide Principle of Waste Management?

Ofira Varga, Senior Consultant
1WEEE Services GmbH

Do you remember the good old days, when government and, in particular, municipalities assumed overall responsibility for waste management? Unfortunately, from a producer’s perspective they are gone in many regions and countries. In 2006, the EU published the Directive 2006/66/EU on batteries and accumulators and introduced take-back obligations for battery producers. Read more about Battery Take-Back Legislation: EU Speciality or Worldwide Principle of Waste Management?