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Large reflector antenna

Our largest antenna to be tested to date in the RF chamber

In another first for our new Leominster facility, we have just undertaken rigorous testing of the largest antenna to date to be put through it’s paces in our state-of-the-art RF chamber.

Designed and built in house, this bespoke reflector has been clipped to meet specific customer requirements. Measuring 2.7 metres in diameter, this is a large antenna, but well within the capability of our facility.

You can take a look at the video here

Pressure tolerant battery

Pressure tolerant battery project successfully achieves objectives

The two year program to develop a pressure tolerant Lithium Sulfur (Li-S) battery pack capable of powering autonomous vehicles to ocean depths of over 6,000 metres has successfully accomplished the objectives set down in 2015.

A consortium headed by Steatite and comprising OXIS Energy, MSubs and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) completed the ambitious project with trials using the newly developed battery pack integrated into a deep dive autonomous vehicle (pictured).

The cells and Steatite’s brand new multi chemistry battery management system (BMS) can withstand the extreme pressure of 664 bars (equivalent to a water depth of 6,640 metres) and a temperature of 4°C without being compromised on integrity.

One of the objectives of the project was to use the neutral buoyancy of the cells to reduce the requirement of adding buoyancy foam to the vehicle. This proved successful, resulting in potential cost, weight and volume savings.

Discussing the project, Paul Edwards, Divisional Director of Steatite Batteries, said: “The project provided a number of challenges which have all been overcome though the hard work and determination of the consortium members. With valuable domain expertise and test resource provided by our academic partners at the NOC, through to successful sea trials and product integration by MSubs, the group can be proud of the world class achievements and capabilities it has delivered.

The Steatite Battery Management System and battery pack design enables a broad range of applications, and we are now looking toward the next phase which will see our battery packs successfully deployed in long term marine autonomous applications. “

A final project update will be released soon. If you would like to receive this please register your email address at https://www.steatite.co.uk/masupdates

Steatite battery division wins top Panasonic award

Creasefield Ltd (part of the Steatite Ltd) are delighted to announce that for consecutive years their value added battery distribution has been recognised by Panasonic Automotive & Industrial Systems Europe GmbH (PAISEU). The award presented to the top performing European companies is based on a number of factors including sales performance, support, communication and stock holding, and firmly places Creasefield as a leading Panasonic distributor.

During the 28th family battery meeting held in Prague, Johannes Spatz, Executive Vice President PAISEU, provided an opening address detailing Panasonic’s plans for continued growth in Europe and praised the support and contribution of the European Battery Distribution Network. The meeting, attended by 42 battery partners and a strong technical and executive representation from Panasonic, presented new products and provided a technical roadmap for future cell developments.

Accepting the award on behalf of Creasefield, Engineering Director, Mark Andrew was delighted that the capability of the company and hard work of the all the staff had been recognised.

Paul Edwards, Steatite, commented “The combined business of Steatite and Creasefield will benefit our customers, offering enhanced technical capability and significant UK based design and production facilities. This will improve the level of service to our customers. We are proud to work with highly respected cell suppliers such as Panasonic who provide us with class leading Lithium, NiMh and Alkaline cells for our battery builds. These cells offer premium performance and safety. There are some exciting Panasonic cell developments that we look forward to working on with our customers on new projects. We are delighted to receive this award which confirms our company as a leading battery pack manufacturer. We are optimistic that our relationship will continue to grow with the Panasonic team through 2017”

About Creasefield: Creasefield Ltd are a manufacturer of battery packs for a diverse range of market sectors including Commercial Aerospace, Oil & Gas, smart metering , Sub Sea, Medical, and Defence. Creasefield was acquired by Solid State Plc, the parent company of Steatite Ltd on the 1st June 2016, with Creasefield now directly reporting into the Steatite operation. This amalgamation of two class leading battery businesses has created a significant force in the market where battery performance and safety are critical. The company has a pedigree in the design and manufacture of custom build battery packs and is able to provide a wide range of rechargeable and non – rechargeable chemistries, along with electronic control and safety circuits.