Across the world, the need to accelerate battery cell production and advanced battery technology is ramping up.
New gigafactories are coming online to meet the insatiable global demand for modern technology, electromobility, and consumer electronics. With the rising cost of raw materials and production, an intrinsic focus is laid on existing manufacturers to operate with maximal quality processes and increasingly cost-efficient workflows. To ensure competitiveness and scalable output throughout the manufacturing chain, manufacturers need to push the capabilities of the battery, and the manufacturing processes required to create them.
Our digital capabilities enable the latest advances in battery technology, providing complete sample traceability, data integrity, statistical quality control, and instrument/system connectivity across the battery value chain. Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS software is an effective tool to manage the production of advanced battery technology, at every stage in the value chain.
The performance requirements of modern batteries mean that battery manufacturers need to concentrate on diminishing defects and controlling specification. As the benchmark for energy storage, battery manufacturers employ a broad range of pre-production and in-process analysis and quality testing techniques, to assure the quality and purity of raw and in-process materials, and ultimately the safety and quality of the battery.
SampleManager LIMS software supports every part of the battery production process, from the extraction and processing of raw materials, to quality control assurance in the pre-production line and in-process testing and analysis, to metal accounting, environmental monitoring and process control, to the research and development of the next generation of sustainable battery technology.
By connecting to an MES (Manufacturing Execution System), SampleManager LIMS presents manufacturers with a comprehensive solution for lab data management, allowing organizations to make accessing, analyzing, sharing, and making informed decisions from data, a fast, convenient and efficient activity.
With SampleManager LIMS, battery manufacturers can eliminate silos to save time and ensure product quality, by removing the need to manually transfer data between systems.
Centralize data management
Testing protocols and process parameters, for example, can be stored centrally in the LIMS, information can be downloaded directly to instruments, expediting metal accounting and minimizing the potential for transcription errors. And when updates are made to analytical methods, these improvements can be shared and implemented across multiple teams much faster, to assure tests are performed correctly.
The Battery Solution for SampleManager LIMS provides capabilities to address the impact of testing on the integrity of the battery itself. The software can define test execute order – to ensure fair, randomized testing and to provide a consistent set of results. SampleManager software can also define multiple test sequences in a matrix to properly track the tests done on a set of batteries, enable planning of tests and equipment required and instrument/resource availability. It can also support the prioritisation of testing, to predict and prepare for busy testing periods and to help understand whether additional instruments are required.
Manage battery samples and link to research tools. Use the Electronic Notebook (ELN) capabilities in SampleManager LIMS to record unstructured data.
Continuously manage and track metallurgical samples to optimize performance, improve throughput and recovery, and drive sustainability and safety in mine sites.
Ensure the quality of raw materials for specific application or market regulations. Trace raw materials through to finished product.
Track and chart production performance over time to enable continuous improvement.
Manage instrument calibration and maintenance. Automatically capture results from instruments.
Manage cycle testing process with better performance visualization capabilities.
The Battery Solution for Thermo Scientific SampleManager LIMS software is configured to provide battery manufacturers with a shortened path to implementation - connecting workflows, driving consistency, and helping to charge continuous product quality improvements.
Electrical battery testing
Pre-configured templates to help manage traceability across matrix sequence
Battery cycler instrument management
Track and manage battery cycler instrument availability. View in-process tests and project when tests will complete.
Fast and easy instrument integration
Pre-configured templates simplify the instrument integration process, enabling bi-directional connectivity to instruments including ICP-OES, FTIR, XRF and more.
Enhanced lot management
Enables traceability from raw materials through to finished product. Any issues can be tracked back to source, or the lots/batches affected by substandard raw material easily identified.
Manage the lab’s capacity, see what samples are in-house, and what testing is required to enable resource planning.
Calculations and analytics
The Battery Solution supplies summary calculations on all electrical and analytical data, providing a complete data set for further analysis, reporting or data display.
Thermo Fisher Scientific offers a broad range of tools and instruments to support the production of advanced battery technology. Our extensive product portfolio and systems support every part of battery manufacturing, from the extraction and processing of raw materials, to quality assurance in the production line, to the research and development of the next generation of batteries. See how we are enabling the latest advances in battery technology here.