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Safe labs for battery testing
Testing lithium-ion batteries presents many hazards, many of which can be reduced or even eliminated. Performing a process hazard analysis (PHA) early in the planning phase will help to identify all potential hazards and the best ways to mitigate them. Because of the volatile nature of Li-ion batteries, it is crucial to adopt a safety-first approach, especially if abuse testing is part of the process.
Companies should ask themselves these questions before implementing new battery testing systems: First, what are the potential hazards that will exist during the testing procedures? Second, are the current safety systems such as gas and flame detection, fire suppression and fire containment sufficient? And finally, what redundancy in safety systems is required?
Prioritizing safety is not just a recommendation but an absolute necessity in battery testing. ACS can help answer these questions and more at its booth. The company will work with clients’ engineers, facility teams, local code authorities and insurance underwriters to ensure that all safety requirements are met.