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BTAS-16 
Automated Battery Test and Analysis System

Presentation

The task of testing aircraft Nickel-Cadmium batteries is not complicated but it is complex
because of the multiplicity of readings that must be taken.
Taking readings of 20 cells, multiple times, is laborious and error prone but must be done.

JFM Engineering provides Complete automation of the process of taking battery and cell readings
plus control of the Charger-Analyzer, all designed to bring accuracy and efficiency to any battery shop. 

How complete is your testing of the batteries? 
Do you take periodic cell readings?
Can you easily compare new test results with prior ones? 
What kind of an audit trail do you have?

With the BTAS16 you can: 

Automatically take readings of

Battery Current
Battery Voltages
Individual Cell Voltages
Battery Temperatures
Water dispensed into each of the cells (via the MasterFiller)

View the data as it is being recorded

Tabular numerical readings
Color coded Bar-graph display

Analyze the data

As it is being recorded
At the end of the test (summary)
Archive and compare the data

Output the data

Screen results
Printed Reports
Database archives

Keep track of

Work Orders and Batteries by Serial Number, by Work Order, by Customer, by Date

Flexible Installations

From one terminal to 16 terminals per station
Server linked Multiple Stations
It can grow as needed 

Positive Connections

Universal cell cables with clips
Custom Contact arrangements (Crowns) for rapid and reliable connections

Designed specifically for Aircraft Battery Repair Stations

The BTAS16 is not an adaptation of a complicated laboratory system. 
Rather, it is designed specifically to fit the needs of battery shops of all sizes.
(developed and used in our own battery shop)

Sample configurations

1 - One Charger, Two C-scans, Two Batteries

2 - Two Chargers, Four C-Scans, Four Batteries

 

For price and availability information, contact TOPCAST at +1 (914) 656-1152, SATAIR (formerly Aero Quality Sales) at +1 (800) 288-1954, AVIALL (worldwide), or JFM Engineering at +1 (305) 592-2272


System Description:

Bringing Accuracy and Efficiency to the Battery Shop

Brochure (PDF format)

The "old" way is inefficient and error prone ...

Manual readings (sequence errors),
transcription to paper (more opportunities for errors),
no audit trail (must make copies of papers),
unmonitored Charger-Analyzer performance
(what is the charger doing to your batteries?).

The NEW way is accurate and efficient ...

Direct reading of Cell Voltages and Battery Voltage
plus monitoring of Current and Temperature 

Printed Reports
with detailed and summary information 

Display of test data, Entry of Work Orders, Programming of Tests, Battery Data Bank, Data archive and
Control and Monitoring of Charger-Analyzer operation

Which method would you rather have? 

The old, inefficient and error prone one, or the one that is new, accurate, efficient, and designed specifically for battery test facilities?

For additional information contact SATAIR (formerly Aero Quality Sales) at (800) 288-1954 or JFM Engineering at +1 305-592-2272


General Information

Introduction
Description
General Specifications
System Highlights

Included Accessories
Sample System Configurations

Introduction:

    As detailed by battery manufacturers in their maintenance manuals, it is necessary that periodic readings be taken while a battery is being charged or discharged. The basic readings being individual cell voltages and total battery voltage. In addition, battery temperature readings are needed to verify proper change performance and battery current readings to verify proper charger-analyzer performance. The task of taking readings is highly cumbersome and error prone because of the large number of required measurements that is further complicated by the number of cells that must be measured (typically 20). Even though the performance of the battery is primarily determined by voltage at the terminals on the capacity test, it is not sufficient to just look at total battery voltage. 
    The voltage on a battery is the grand total of the sum of the individual cells and because of that, any cell that does not perform fully can and will affect the overall voltage. Therefore, knowing how each individual cell performs is the key for a proper determination on the condition of a battery. During discharge, a battery may pass capacity test in terms of terminal voltage even though one or more cells may have individually failed. During charge, cells are expected to rise to a minimum voltage and not heat-up. Any cell that does not reach this minimum voltage and/or overheats, could have a damaged separator. In either case, it is through periodic cell voltage readings taken during the charge and discharge tests, that it is then possible to determine the total condition of the battery. Furthermore, a good picture of what is going on with a battery needs a lot more measurements than the usual two to three manual readings.
    The BTAS16 is a system designed to automate the process of taking battery readings, thus providing for a more complete picture of the test while removing the error prone manual step of measuring with a meter and recording the reading on a form. But, the BTAS16 system does more than simply take cell readings, for it measures total battery voltage, battery temperature, charge-discharge current and it provides limited monitoring and control of the charger-analyzer. The data can be displayed on a computer screen as it is being collected or it can be analyzed later, including comparison with previous tests. Results can be numerical or graphical and can be printed as test reports as well as being displayed on a computer screen.
 

 

Description:

The BTAS16 is a system designed to provide automation of battery and cell readings for the testing of Nickel-Cadmium Aircraft batteries (applicable also to other technologies and applications).

General Specifications:

Max number of Terminals:    16
Max number of batteries per Terminal:     One battery up to 24 cells, two batteries with 11 cells or three batteries with 7 cells.
Max number of Terminals per Charger-Analyzer:     Two if the Charger-Analyzer is a Superseder, and one if other type. 
Measurement of Charge-Discharge current:    Through an internal shunt in the Superseder IIIC/240400TC, SupersederXG/24-400xg,  or through an external shunt in the Charger-Analyzer battery cable.
Monitoring of battery temperature:    Through the Temp-Plate accessory
Monitoring and Control of the Superseder and 24-400 Charger-Analyzers (1)   On-Off detection and Start-Stop synchronization with the recording of battery data.
Computer:  Standard Dual Core PC running Windows XP or Windows 7
Printer:    Standard Laser (B/W) or Inkjet (color)

(1) Requires the "C modification for the Superseder III and 24-400TCharger-Analyzers. (Note that the SupersederXG  and 24-400xg are designed to communicate with the BTAS16). Other brands and types of Charger-Analyzers could be interfaced (consult with the factory ).

System Highlights:

How complete is your testing of the batteries? 
Do you take periodic cell readings? 
What kind of an audit trail do you have?

With the BTAS16 you can: 

  • Automatically take readings of

Battery Current
Battery Voltage
Individual Cell Voltages
Battery Temperature

     BattCScan_012303-03.jpg (102614 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view a battery with a crown (contacts) connected to a C-Scan (interface to the computer)

  • View the data as it is being recorded

Tabular numerical readings
Bar-graph display

  • Analyze the data

As it is being recorded
At the end of the test (summary)
Archive and compare the data

     Cap1Cap2.gif (20159 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view the comparison of a first and second capacity tests
     CellCapacity.gif (19566 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view the comparison of one cell on a first and second capacity tests
     ChargeVoltageCurrent.gif (21080 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view the battery voltage and current during charge (main and topping)
     SlowChargeBattCell.gif (25934 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view the the battery voltage and the voltage of one cell during charge (slow, C/10)

  • Output the data

Screen results
Printed Reports
Database archives

     WOsummary.gif (21531 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view a work order summary report (final data from each of the tests)

  • Test Programming and Charger-Analyzer Control

Select the work order
Program the Test
Control and Monitor the Charger-Analyzer

     MainTestPattern.gif (51823 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view the control panel (showing a cell simulation test pattern)

  • Keep track of

Customers, Work Orders and Batteries

  • Flexible Installations

From one terminal to 16 terminals per station
Server linked Multiple Stations
It can grow as needed 

  • Positive Connections 

Custom Contact arrangements (Crowns) for rapid and reliable connections
OneCrown.jpg (166097 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view one battery with a crown
     FourCrowns.jpg (231420 bytes) Click the thumbnail to view four batteries with crowns

  • Designed specifically for Battery Shops

The BTAS16 is not an adaptation of a complicated laboratory system. 
Rather, it is designed specifically to fit the needs of battery shops of all sizes.
(developed and used in our own battery shop)


For information, contact Aero Quality Sales at (800) 288-1954 or JFM Engineering at (305) 592-2272

 

 


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