Batteries

The usage of batteries has rapidly increased in recent years with new portable electrical and energy storage devices, as well as electric cars. This increased use of batteries in everyday life needs an increased level of efficiency, which is what fiber lasers provide, particularly as they can weld dissimilar metals. With battery usage only likely to increase, reliable and robust lasers are needed to support this.

Battery applications and uses

There are an extensive number of applications within the battery industry which can be achieved with a fiber laser from SPI. Key attributes of our fiber lasers relating to batteries include the non-contact process and the ability to work with absolute precision across a diverse range of materials.

One such application is the removal of coating materials from battery foils, this is an ablation technique where fine layers of material are removed from the battery foil through a non-contact process, therefore protecting the battery foil.

Fiber lasers can also cut battery foils to the precise dimensions required, this includes even the most complex, awkward and unusual of shapes.

Dissimilar metal welding is another frequently required application, where metals with dissimilar qualities (e.g. aluminium and copper) are welded together. This also works within lithium-ion batteries where welding of dissimilar metals is often required at microscopic levels.

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E-mobility is set to be a hot topic in the years to come, especially with the ever-increasing availability of electric cars. Of course, batteries are central to e-mobility and here at SPI Lasers, we can help meet all your e-mobility needs. Our fiber lasers can assist in areas such as cutting of coated foil electrodes, tab welding and bus bar welding of battery packs as well as Hairpin ablation and welding for electric motors. Read our e-mobility section for further details.

SPI Lasers within the battery industry

SPI Laser’s single mode redPOWER Fiber Lasers are able to produce the results that battery manufacturers look for the most in their products, particularly high beam quality and brightness, as well as their ability to achieve defect-free joins at high speeds.

Also with just one investment, manufacturers can buy a tool which is suitable for top-quality ablation, cleaning, cutting, engraving, drillingmarking and welding. Why not contact us to see what SPI Lasers can do for your machines, systems or organisation?

Read some of our postcards and application insights below to see the capabilities of SPI’s fiber laser range for the battery industry.

 

E-mobility is continually in the headlines and represents one of the great predicted mega trends for the next decade. The rationale is clear - the world needs to break its dependency on fossil fuels and electric vehicles offer the obvious solution.... read more >

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Removal of Coating Material from Battery Foils

Application Postcard
Posted on 14/12/2018

The manufacture of Lithium-ion batteries is a highly technical process in which cathodes and anodes are manufactured from thin metallic foils that are coated with active materials. Cathode materials are typically thin aluminum foil in the... read more >

Battery Foil Cutting Postcard

Battery Foil Cutting

Application Postcard
Posted on 12/12/2018

Lithium ion batteries can be found everywhere from phones and laptops to electric cars. The automotive industry is set to increase it’s demand for these batteries drastically in years to come. This means the manufacturing process will need to... read more >

laser cutting battery foils

Remote Cutting of Coated Battery Foils

Application Postcard
Posted on 24/07/2018

These foils are typically made of aluminium or copper with coated are bare areas on both sides. This can be challenging to process as edge quality must be consistent across all areas of the workpiece. Fiber lasers are ideal to use to cut foils,... read more >

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Dissimilar Metal Welding in the Electronics Industry

Application Insight
Posted on 26/09/2017

As we have discussed previously dissimilar metal welding arises where metals which naturally resist each other are successfully welded together. SPI’s range of fiber lasers are ideal for the dissimilar metal welding process, which is particularly... read more >

Lithium batteries power our everyday consumer electronics

Dissimilar Metal Welding for Lithium-Ion Battery Cells

Application Insight
Posted on 26/09/2017

The first battery was invented many, many years ago, finding its history dating back to 1800, when Italian physicist Alessandro Volta created the first modern day battery. Since that period the battery saw slow growth, simply because there wasn’t... read more >

With the rise of smartphones, laptops, and electrical cars, we have become an increasingly electronic society. This, in turn, has led to an increase in battery usage and this is only likely to increase over the coming years.With this increased... read more >

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Battery Welding

Posted on 06/11/2015

Batteries require careful assembly to create a safe, convenient and powerful device. Most consumer batteries use crimped metal seals with a polymer sealant for their packaging. However, when the cell's chemistry changes or more components must be... read more >