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Steatite & Beckett Energy Systems sign a European Distribution Agreement to supply UN Approved Advanced Battery Technology

Steatite Limited, a specialist in the design and manufacture of custom Lithium battery pack solutions, has signed a European distribution agreement with Beckett Energy Systems (BES). This collaboration gives Steatite the ability to provide a UN approved, 24Vdc battery pack module, ideally suited to energy storage and portable power applications.

Brad Moore, Senior Business Development Manager at BES commented: “We are excited about partnering with Steatite to increase the visibility and penetration of our lithium-ion battery solution in the European Union. The value of a highly scalable, long cycle life and light weight lithium-ion solution adds another product dimension for Steatite and we have high confidence in them for a mutually beneficial future.

Paul Edwards, Divisional Director at Steatite commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Beckett Energy Systems on the distribution of their lithium ion battery module. This agreement will enable Steatite to provide local European distribution for the Beckett Energy battery module which will be an excellent choice for energy storage and remote power applications in Marine and Defence Markets. There will be significant gains for existing and new customers and through collaborative working with Beckett we envisage a promising future”.

24 volt large format lithium-ion module…

The batteries are modular in design and offer a greater flexibility when designing a solution to meet specific power requirements. Offering the high energy density and light weight of lithium-ion battery solutions, this battery module provides the OEM with an ‘off the shelf’ solution, eliminating the costs associated with design NRE and qualification. Scalable from 1-100 kWh of capacity, customers can be confident in the long cycle life of Beckett’s lithium-ion battery module with Boston-Power cells.

UN Approved for safe transportation…

Compliant with UN38.3 shipping regulations for lithium-ion batteries, the Beckett Model 8224S Li-ion Battery Module can now be shipped by any means (air freight – cargo, ground, sea vessel and rail) to all countries recognising the UN standard.

10-Year Cycle Life achieved…

Commercially launched in February 2014, Beckett’s 24Vdc lithium-ion battery module has undergone continuous life cycle testing, recently reaching 3,650 cycles – the equivalent of 10 years of life if cycled daily. This significantly long cycle life milestone further supports its use as an ideal solution for emerging advanced energy products.

Long cycle life leads to fewer battery replacements over time, reduces system downtime, and lowers the need for spare battery packs, allowing Beckett Energy to offer a low total cost of ownership lithium-ion battery solution for our customers,” states Brad Moore, Senior Business Development Manager at BES.  “Through extensive testing of the Boston-Power cell in our commercial model 8224S, 1.1kWh module, we are able to demonstrate this long cycle life milestone.

Steatite will be showcasing the UN approved 24Vdc battery pack module at Defence Security Equipment International (DSEI 2015) on stand S3-385 from 15th – 18th September 2015, however more details can be found at https://www.steatite.co.uk/dsei2015/

Editors Notes

ABOUT STEATITE

Steatite is a market leader in the design, development and supply of rugged and industrial computers, custom lithium battery solutions, secure communication systems, antennas and subsystems ideally suited to harsh operating environments. Steatite has spent years developing a strong reputation for creating solutions to meet the operational demands of its customers. Dedicated in-house teams support clients by designing, building and supplying the most advanced range of components and systems tailored to their application requirements.

Steatite is a part of the Solid State PLC group of companies, quoted on the UK AIM market. www.steatite.co.uk

ABOUT BECKETT ENERGY SYSTEMS 

Located in North Ridgeville, OH, Beckett Energy Systems is a manufacturer of large format lithium-ion battery packs and electronic controls for emerging advanced energy markets.  Beckett serves a broad range of applications from powering vehicles, vessels and robotics to supplying backup power for critical loads to offering energy storage for hybrid micro grids.

Beckett Energy Systems is a division of the RW Beckett Corporation. www.beckettenergy.com

 

The appointment of Allegiance is a great step in meeting the growing demand for Steatite’s COTs ultra wideband antennas, subsystems and consultancy

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Allegiance Sales by Q-par USA, Steatite’s exclusive USA distributor for its portfolio of ultra wideband microwave antennas. Allegiance is based at Allen Texas. Ken Powers of Q-par USA, said “the appointment of Allegiance is a great step in meeting the growing demand for Steatite’s COTs ultra wideband antennas, subsystems and consultancy. We are excited about this new relationship and sure our customers will too.”

For further details please visit www.allegiancesales.com

 

The Company is pleased to announce its participation at this year’s EMC UK, conference and exhibition event

The Company is pleased to announce its participation at this year’s EMC UK, conference and exhibition event held at Newbury Racecourse, Newbury, UK 6th and 7th October. Stand number 38.

Steatite provides waveguide COTS antennas 400 MHz to 40 GHz and bespoke antenna solutions for precision measurement applications including EMC radiated and immunity testing. Providing antennas that allow multi-octave frequency sweeps with a single unit, whilst high gain antennas offer low side lobes and consistent performance. The demand for high field strengths is catered for by a suite of HiRF antennas that produce field strengths of 3 to 4 dB. A unique focussing arrangement of the antennas means it is possible to produce fields of 3000 V / m using 3kW amplifiers, resulting in reduced system costs.

EMC technology is relevant to all industries, and can affect every piece of electronic & electrical equipment, and it can seriously affect the design cycle, delay production and time to market. The conference is an ideal place to keep up to date with the new directives, components, test techniques, test equipment and latest EMC Modelling software. There will be a full conference programme, EMC training courses, and free demonstrations by the IEEE EMC Society UKRI Chapter. For more information please contact Mr. Brian Smith of Steatite sales@q-par.com

 

Participation at DSEI and AOC EW Convention

The Company is pleased to announce its involvement at DSEI London 15th – 18th September, 2015, the world leading defence and security exhibition and the annual AOC EW Convention at Washington DC in December, 2015. This closely follows Steatite’s participation at the recent AOC EW Europe Convention at Stockholm during May, 2015.

During DSEI, Steatite Q-par Antennas will be located at stand number N4-292 and participating at the AOC EW Pavilion taking the opportunity to present its wide range of EW and SIGINT antenna capabilities including ultra-wideband omnidirectional, sinuous, spiral antennas and tripod mounted antenna positioners with wideband reflector / feed combinations. A regular exhibitor at the AOC event at Washington DC, the Company will be located at stand number 237 and Rob Lowther, Steatite’s Sales and Marketing Manager will be in attendance with colleagues from Q-par USA, the Company’s exclusive USA based distributor.

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Steatite Launches SightView™ Video Distribution System

Steatite is pleased to announce the release of  SightView™  Tactical Video Distribution System (TVDS) that is designed to enable a team with up to four cameras to capture and record low latency video in difficult RF environments. The system uses the excellent Mobile Ad-Hoc Networking (MANET) capabilities of the MPU4 Wave Relay® radios. The combination of the MPU4 Wave Relay radios with the high quality low latency video codecs and cameras provide good quality streaming imagery from up to four cameras to a laptop based commander’s viewing station.

Key Features:

  • Secure High Bandwidth Data
  • Up-to 4 Video Streams with current software
  • Real-time Position Location
  • Simultaneous Voice and Data
  • Up to 27Mbps Multicast Throughput

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Learn more about theSightView™ Tactical Video Distribution System (TVDS) click here 

  * Technical Specifications quoted are qualified and verified but do not indicate the maximum performance limitations of the equipment. Specifications are subject to change without notice. E & OE Issue A

Steatite win Innovate UK funding to assist in the research and develop the next generation of Lithium batteries for MAS Systems

Steatite is delighted to announce that it has been awarded collaborative funding of £1.1 million towards the research and development of the next generation of Lithium Batteries for Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS).

A consortium of UK companies and academic partners, led by Steatite and co-funded by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, will produce a battery pack that will be pressure tolerant up to depths of 6000 metres. The collaboration includes cell manufacturer OXIS Energy Ltd, underwater vehicle designers and manufacturers MSubs Ltd and scientific expertise from the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Steatite is a specialist in the design and manufacture of Lithium battery pack solutions specifically for harsh operating environments including military, oil & gas, subsea, marine monitoring, and unmanned vehicles. Having previously worked with the NOC to develop a mission-critical battery solution that increased the AUV’s endurance whilst reducing whole life cost, Paul Edwards, Battery Business Manager said “This success strengthens our position as a manufacturer of battery and power solutions, the Innovate UK funding will bring together a class leading partnership from industry and academia which will provide a platform for future success, with each partner bringing a significant level of domain expertise to the consortium”   

Collectively this team will benefit from expertise at academic level, cell research level, pack assembly and as operational end users of MAS in the most challenging environments. This is a unique opportunity to establish a high pedigree consortium with an extensive knowledge of MAS, their operational requirements, product opportunities, with already established routes to market. OXIS Energy has been at the forefront of innovative R&D, building next generation Lithium Sulfur battery technology since 2005, while MSubs have a wealth of experience in all aspects of innovative underwater vehicle design and manufacture. The NOC has consistently been at the forefront of pioneering marine autonomous developments.

Kevin Forshaw, Associate Director of Innovation and Enterprise at the NOC, said “We are delighted to have secured this Innovate UK funding, and look forward to working alongside our industry partners to produce these exciting new developments in Marine Autonomous Systems.

Products range from custom battery packs, electronic components, a full range of rugged mobile computers, fixed industrial computer hardware and custom embedded software solutions as well as RF Antennas and Microwave Products. With the ability to design and manufacture bespoke units to exact customer requirements, Steatite solutions are built for reliability in extreme conditions.

Steatite Limited will be exhibiting and presenting on stand V16 at Ocean Business 2015 at NOCs,Southampton,UK on 14-16th April 2015. To learn more about the event click here. 

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Editors Notes

ABOUT STEATITE

Steatite provides Industrial and Rugged Mobile computing platforms and integrated Battery solutions, including custom lithium batteries, for customers who demand high performance and reliability in mission critical and harsh operating environments. A market leader since 1938, Steatite’s success comes from our passion and commitment to deliver high quality and reliable electronic products and services customised to your precise requirements. We place a particular emphasis on providing solutions that are built to last, and that can perform in some of the world’s most demanding operating environments.

Products range from custom battery packs, electronic components, a full range of rugged mobile computers, fixed industrial computer hardware and custom embedded software solutions as well as RF Antennas and Microwave Products. With the ability to design and manufacture bespoke units to exact customer requirements, Steatite solutions are built for reliability in extreme conditions.

Press Contact: James Munger
Email: jamesm@steatite.co.uk

ABOUT INNOVATE UK

As the UK’s innovation agency, one of the main roles of Innovate UK is to achieve business and economic growth for the UK. One way the organisation supports this is through funding innovative Collaborative Research and Development (CR&D) projects. Collaborative research and development (R&D) encourages businesses and researchers to work together on innovative projects in strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology – from which successful new products, processes and services can emerge, contributing to business and economic growth.

 Find out more about the CR&D programme here: https://www.gov.uk/innovation-get-details-about-innovate-uk-funding-competitions#collaborative-research-and-development

Steatite Awarded Transcend® Most Valuable Partner 2015

Steatite have been awarded Most Valued Partner by Transcend Information, Inc.(Transcend®).

Claire Vipond, Systems Buyer for Steatite Limited commented: “It was a huge honour to accept this award from Transcend®, in recognition of our supply chain loyalty to the Transcend® range of storage solutions. We hope to continue to strengthen our partnership and deliver quality Transcend® solutions to all our customers.”

Pictured from left: Purchasing Manager for Steatite Limited, Gemma Dyer and Systems Buyer for Steatite Limited, Claire Vipond

ABOUT STEATITE

Steatite provides Industrial and Rugged Mobile computing platforms and Integrated Battery solutions, including custom lithium batteries, for customers who demand high performance and reliability in mission critical and harsh operating environments.

A market leader since 1938, Steatite’s success comes from our passion and commitment to deliver high quality and reliable electronic products and services customised to your precise requirements.

We place a particular emphasis on providing solutions that are built to last, and that can perform in some of the world’s most demanding operating environments.

Products range from custom battery packs, electronic components, a full range of rugged mobile computers, fixed industrial computer hardware and custom embedded software solutions. With the ability to design and manufacture bespoke units to exact customer requirements, Steatite solutions are built for reliability in extreme conditions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

 

Ministry of Justice Contract Terms Agreed

Further to the announcement on 15 July 2014 by parent company SolidState plc (AIM: SSP), Steatite has now
finalised contract terms with the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) to supply monitoring hardware for GPS offender tagging. 

The contract for the supply of monitoring hardware is expected to havea value of approximately £34 million  over the three year minimum contract period.

It is anticipated that Steatite will be supplying initial products to the MoJ by the calendar year end. Quantities to be delivered are then expected to progressively increase over the contract term.

The contract is not expected to have a significant impact in the current financial year as most deliveries are expected to take place in financial years ending 31 March 2016 and 2017.The final deliveries will fall in the first half of financial year ending 31 March 2018 that the  gross margins  on the contract will be in line with the gross margins normally achieved by Steatite on its larger contracts.

Commenting on the contract award, Gary Marsh, Chief Executive of Solid State, said: 

“This is a landmark contract for the Group and our largest to date. It marks the culmination of three years development work by Steatite and suitably illustrates the scale and complexity of the contracts that we are increasingly tendering for.  I would like to congratulate John Lavery and his team for securing this high profile contract.”


Scott Bannerman, Executive Director of BRR Media, interviews John Lavery, Managing Director of Steatite Limited regarding the MoJ Contract
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Steatite Selected as MoJ Supplier

It was announced yesterday that Steatite, has been selected by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) as the supplier of monitoring hardware for GPS offender tagging.

Final contract terms are expected to be agreed by 26 July 2014. It is currently anticipated that Steatite will be supplying initial products to the MoJ by the year end. Further quantities are then expected to be supplied, based on a minimum contract award for a three year period. The contract is not expected to have a significant impact in the current financial year as most deliveries are expected to take place in financial years ending 31 March 2016 and 2017. A further announcement will be made once the contract has been finalised.

For future announcements on this or other news please send your request to pressoffice@steatite.co.uk .

 

 

 

 

Getac Announces Product Update

Getac will officially  discontinue the B300 with 3rd Gen Intel Processor from the current product line. The last date to order this platform is August 11, 2014. This notice will not affect service support for units covered under the The new Getac B300, featuring latest Intel 4th Gen. Processor and other upgrades are available now.

Getac will officially discontinue the V100/V200 series from the current product line. The last date to order this platform is September 1, 2014. This notice will not affect service support for units covered under the Getac warranty.Getac V110 will be the replacement product of V100/V200. V110 features thinner and lighter unify body design.Further, the new configuration incorporates latest 4th Generation Intel processor and other high performance technologies while improving power efficiency.

The V110 rugged convertible has been built using the highest quality materials to make it unflinchingly resilient. The V110’s main chassis structure is precision cast using Magnesium Alloy, an incredibly strong structural metal that also happens to be one of the lightest in the world for it’s strength. We combined that with an advanced rugged polymer in areas of less impact and rubberized absorption polymer at the main points of contact.

Contact us today for our GETAC V110 price list: +44(0)1527 512400 or  Email us on: sales@rugged-systems.com