Survey looks for insights on robotics batteries 

Survey looks for insights on robotics batteries 

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By Nick Flaherty

Battery maker Ultralife and its UK subsidiary Accutronics are conducting research on power requiorements for robotics and is encouraging anyone who is currently designing or building a new robot (whether a start-up or established company) to participate.

Many off-the-shelf batteries do not meet all the criteria that engineers need to build more complex robots. This has prompted Ultralife to increasingly work with robot designers to develop bespoke solutions. The survey will allow Ultralife to view the evolving power requirements of the industry more broadly.

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“Research and development is key to the creation of any device at the forefront of technology,” says Robert Brown, marketing executive at Ultralife. “Understanding the changing landscape of robot batteries is the first stage in being able to develop battery solutions that meet the evolving needs of the market. Ultralife has worked closely with companies on bespoke engineering projects, but this survey allows us to better develop standard off-the-shelf battery ranges. These ranges help to efficiently deliver the performance that engineers desperately need to advance the next generation of robotics.”

The survey comprises of 16 short questions that ask about the type of battery chemistry needed, the average run-time of the robot, how many batteries are used per unit and more. As not all information may be known, participants can submit incomplete answers and return to fill in the rest at any time. As Ultralife understands the need for discretion during product development, all answers will be treated completely confidentially and will not be passed to any third party (NDAs can be signed for additional reassurance). 

Ultralife has previously produced a range of batteries for robotics that use rechargeable lithium chemistry of various formulations. These batteries are made for robots that require high energy density, long service life and robust housing.

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