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A Complete, Automated Solution For Battery Formation

Chroma offers discrete systems (barcode binding, automated optical inspection, aging control, formation charge/discharge, OCV/ACR/DCR testing and sorting) for the formation and grading of lithium cells.  When combined, these systems solutions and automated sorting may be integrated into an existing production line or configured as a turnkey automated production solution with Chroma Automated Handling Systems and Manufacturing Execution System (MES).

Click on each system to learn more about automated turnkey formation and grading solutions from Chroma ATE.

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OCV & ACR Testing Sorting

  • Inspection & Identification
  • Ambient Aging
  • Formation
  • High Temp. Aging
  • OCV/ACR/DCR Testing
  • Grading & Sorting

Incoming Inspection and Identification

Key Features
  • Works with prismatic pouch, can and cylindrical cells
  • Bar Code ID Scanning entry to MES or Data Base
  • 2D Geometry Inspection
  • Flexible and compact architecture eases integration to existing solutions
  • Load/Unload handling can be tailored to fit your needs.
  • Fully automatic and semi automated options available.
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Overview

Chroma 17900 Cell inspection and Identification System eases the traceability of each cell throughout the formation, aging testing and sorting processes while assuring the uniformity of the assembly process. Integrated with 2D Geometry inspection, a cell’s mechanical characteristics can be swiftly verified to prevent abnormal assemblies to reach a power cycling channel.

The 17900 can easily be tailored to fit any tray design or cell form factor such as prismatic pouch, can and cylindrical cells. Its modular streamline design permits the use of this solution in both a manual or fully automated environment.

The data can be uploaded to a server in common standard formats like CSV, DB or SQL or linked to an existing MES for product traceability and SPC. Chroma also offers a Formation Management System to monitor and control the cells throughout the entire formation process.

Battery formation softwareMES Software Control

The Chroma MES was designed and optimized to manage Chroma’s robotic routing control, analyze test results from Chroma’s test systems while acquiring manufacturing information from barcode scanners and process results. It also supervises the overall behavior, logic, recipes and control of the entire solution. The production information is processed by TCP / IP Ethernet backbone to a manufacturing intranet.  This structure offers real time data transmission which enhances data acquisition and production control and enables SPC and other statistic tools to be used for a real factory in a box solution.

Chroma 17910 Incoming Inspection and Identification

 

Chroma Model 17910

The 17910 bar-code Binding equipment is a fully automated cell handling and identification system, suitable for manufacturing environments where higher throughput is required. Each cell is individually scanned and associated with its traveler tray and its position for traceability and routing control through the entire formation aging and testing process.

 

 

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Ambient Aging

Overview

Introducing a fully automated aging and handling management solution for Lithium cells and Batteries; featuring fully automated robotics and transfer systems eliminating manual labor and human error as the system keeps track of each cell and its aging time. Paired with safety features and monitoring technology with real time feedbacks for added peace of mind.

Chroma also offers customized cell and battery carrier tray design services tailored to your specific needs, available in a multitude of materials and special features, making it a complete turnkey solution for all your battery formation needs.

 

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Battery Formation

Overview

Now more than ever, the need to store electric energy is becoming critical, coming from renewable sources and with the increasing anticipated demand of Electric Vehicles, the battery industry will soon need to mass produce energy storage solutions at a high rate, and Chroma ATE is here to help.

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Chroma Model 17100

The Chroma 17000 Series has been specifically designed for the formation of Lithium Ion and Lithium Polymer secondary batteries to address industrial and automotive requirements. Built as a complete turn-key system, the 17000 Series includes carrier trays, robust battery probe contacts, energy saving charge/discharge modules, safety features and intuitive software all under computer control. The Battery Voltage Tracking power modules minimize power consumption in battery charging and discharging, while the Energy Recycle Modules recycle the discharged energy directly back to the DC power system for increased power efficiency. These patent-pending power saving designs provide a planet friendly solution by reducing energy consumption costs up to 40%.

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Energy RecyclingPatented Battery Voltage Tracking

(BVT) DC-DC conversion power modules minimize power consumption in battery charging, and Energy Recycle Modules (ERM) recycle the discharged energy directly back to the DC power system for increased power efficiency. These power saving designs provide a planet friendly solution along with cost savings by reduced energy consumption.

The intuitive software provides a flexible selection in charge / discharge channel, current rating, and modules under test. These features allow the Series 17000 to be used for final cell development, pilot line production, high volume production and Ongoing Reliability Monitoring / Quality Control.

Modular Design

Plug-in modules maximize uptime while simplifying service and maintenance. (Hot-Swappable DC Power Supply and the Charge / Discharge Sub-Systems Shown.)

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Formation SoftwareFormation Management System Software

Chroma’s system control software provides a flexible selection in charge / discharge for each discrete channel, current rating, and modules under test. These features allow the Series 17000 to be used for final cell development, pilot line production, high volume production and ongoing reliability monitoring and quality control.

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High Temperature Aging

Overview

Introducing a fully automated aging and handling management solution for Lithium cells and Batteries; featuring fully automated robotics and transfer systems eliminating manual labor and human error as the system keeps track of each cell and its aging time. Paired with safety features and monitoring technology with real time feedbacks for added peace of mind.

Chroma also offers customized cell and battery carrier tray design services tailored to your specific needs, available in a multitude of materials and special features, making it a complete turnkey solution for all your battery formation needs.

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OCV / ACR / DCR Testing

Overview

When it comes to battery manufacturing, an electrical characterization can quickly assess defects or nonconformities on manufactured cells. In mass production environments, having instruments with superior accuracy and statistical feedback can help identify the slightest performance drift and automatically alert the engineering group to take action, preventing the loss of materials and assuring a quality product.  Being a world leader in Test and measurement, Chroma features OCV measurement accuracies of 0.0035%.

Chroma 17200 Charge / Discharge TesterChroma Model 17200
  • High-accuracy current output & measurement up to 0.02%
  • Parallel channels for higher current applications
  • Redundant DC source design,  to assure continuous operation during life cycle tests.
  • Independent channel programming.
  • High sampling rate
  • CC/CV/CP Discharge mode,
  • CV/CC Charge mode
  • External circuit resistance monitoring
  • Discharge down to 0V
  • Dynamic data logging and  storage (Q, Vt, It, time ) and  step termination status (Q,  V_end, I_end, time)
  • Linear design low ripple current

Chroma 17200 series is a power cycler specifically designed for applications that require much faster charge / discharge profiles, a higher measurement resolution and more accurate output voltage control than a battery formation process. These features are typically required to perform cell reliability verifications, study of material properties, product development, quality control, and safety evaluations. The modular multi-channel architecture of the 17200 series supports parallel channel outputs to achieve higher currents and allows the test of higher capacity modules without adding more hardware making it a versatile solution for laboratory testing.

Chroma 17910 Incoming Inspection and Identification

Chroma Model 17800

  • Works with prismatic, pouch and cylindrical cells.
  • Bar Code ID Scanning entry to MES or Data Base
  • Flexible and compact architecture eases integration to existing solutions
  • Load/Unload handling can be tailored to fit your needs.
  • Fully automatic and semi automated options available.

    Chroma 17800 was designed and developed to perform the electrical tests of lithium cells and batteries, regardless of their form factor. With ACR/OCV this system supports up to 320 channels per unit. Integrated with barcode readers, automated handling and probing, this compact system covers all your cell characterization needs.  

    The 17800 can easily be tailored to fit any tray design or cell form factor. Its modular streamline design permits the use of this solution in both a manual or fully automated environment.

    The test results can be uploaded to a server in common standard formats like CSV, DB or SQL or linked to an existing MES for product traceability and SPC. Chroma also offers a Formation Management System to monitor and control the cells throughout the entire formation and sorting process.

 

Battery formation softwareMES Software Control

The Chroma MES was designed and optimized to manage Chroma’s robotic routing control, analyze test results from Chroma’s test systems while acquiring manufacturing information from barcode scanners and process results. It also supervises the overall behavior, logic, recipes and control of the entire solution. The production information is processed by TCP / IP Ethernet backbone to a manufacturing intranet.  This structure offers real time data transmission which enhances data acquisition and production control and enables SPC and other statistic tools to be used for a real factory in a box solution.

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Automated Cell Grading and Sorting

Key Features
  • Works with prismatic pouch, can and cylindrical cells.
  • Bar Code ID Scanning entry to MES or Data Base
  • Flexible and compact architecture eases integration to existing solutions
  • Load/Unload handling can be tailored to fit your needs.
  • Fully automatic and semi automated options available.
Overview

After final test and characterization, most cell manufacturers sort and grade the cells based on overall performance and capacity, creating the need for a sorting and grading solution. This systematic and attentive task if not performed properly, could compromise the quality and performance of the cells at the end user’s site; this is why Chroma introduces a full line of automated and semi-automated solutions to assure a proper cell classification.

Available in both automated and semi-automated fashions, the cell sorting and grading system assures the proper classification and grading by integrating non-fault features that prevent and eliminate human error.

Using the data from a server or linked to an existing MES, this solution can be easily adapted to an existing routing system on a manufacturing floor.

Chroma 17910 Incoming Inspection and Identification

Chroma Model 17930

The 17930 Automated Cell and sorting solution can be easily adapted to a manual loading/unloading environment or an automated transfer system; featuring a barcode scanner for both the cell and its carrying tray and pick and place robotics,  makes this a versatile solution for the battery industry.

 

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