Friday, 30 March 2012

Accutronics scoops Small Business of the Year Award

By Neil Oliver

In the last few months we’ve been asking all of you to keep your fingers crossed and support our entry in The Sentinel Business Awards. As Accutronics was amongst the three finalists in the Small Business of the Year category, we were invited to the awards ceremony at the impressive King’s Hall in Stoke on March 27.

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The awards dinner gala
Suited and booted, the Accutronics bunch arrived at the venue, not knowing what to expect, but beaming with anticipation. When the winner of the Small Business of the Year was announced, no one at our table could believe their ears; Accutronics name was announced! We had won our first award!

Rob Phillips accepted the trophy and thanked everybody at Accutronics for their input and dedication. “I thought the competition was well organised and that the ceremony was impressive,” said Rob. “The night reflected well on Staffordshire and the success of the businesses in the area.

“The awards are a celebration of business excellence, innovation and dynamism. There were representatives from various sectors and industries, all of whom are on top of their game and deserved to be acknowledged for their accomplishments.

“As Accutronics is only a couple of years old, receiving formal recognition from other business leaders really endorses the work we are trying to do. This will help attract new customers and reinforce the quality message, whilst also reaffirming our position as a British manufacturer.

“In all honesty I didn’t expect us to win, only because this was our first attempt. Just being shortlisted felt like a success. We’ve received a lot of attention from the media as a result and at the awards dinner, our video profile was shown to hundreds of people.

“The entire project gives everyone at Accutronics real reason to feel proud and has already impacted on all of our morale. Winning the small business of the year award is a great achievement and from now on awards will become part of our benchmarking for continuous improvement. Congratulations everybody and well done!”

Thursday, 22 March 2012

Accutronics partners with Shmuel De-Leon Energy for batteries and fuel cell seminar

Professional battery manufacturer Accutronics has partnered with Shmuel De-Leon Energy to provide a two day 'Batteries and Fuel Cells' training seminar on the 2nd and 3rd of May 2012. Mr De-Leon is a world expert on both batteries and fuel cells and is travelling over from Israel specifically to deliver this seminar, which has previously been delivered in both Europe and the USA.

The batteries and fuel cell seminar is ideal for experts and novices alike
 The Seminar will provide a comprehensive review of current and future electrochemical energy sources. It will cover cells and raw material selection, design, manufacturing, testing, safety, transportation and disposal of energy sources. The seminar programme focuses on present and future needs of portable and stationary electrochemical energy sources and highlights the latest technological developments. Primary, rechargeable, reserve, commercial, industrial and military batteries, fuel cells, ultra capacitor systems and their accessories are all discussed.

Special focus is given to battery design and testing, which are vital tools for battery solutions. The seminar program also reviews the updated status of battery air transportation restrictions and instructs on the safe transport of batteries according to IATA (International Air Transport Association) regulations.

Shmuel De-Leon is a leading international expert in the business of power sources. Prior to founding his company, Shmuel held various positions for over 20 years as a power sources, engineering and quality control team manager.

Shmuel holds a BSc. in mechanical engineering from Tel-Aviv University and an MBA in quality control and reliability engineering from the Technion Institute in Haifa as well as an electronic technician's diploma. Shmuel De-Leon Energy Ltd provides unique tools for the energy sources industry, such as its energy sources database, battery and fuel cells seminars, energy source solutions, industry news weekly newsletter, and consultation services.

Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Heart of the matter: The real role of the battery in medical and healthcare device design

The heart of the matter: medical
At Accutronics we appreciate that, when sourcing technology for medical device design applications, it’s easy to focus on the finer technical details and lose sight of the tangible value the technology delivers.

We see the real value in the inherent purpose of our professional battery applications as opposed to just the technical functionality, important as that is. To highlight this we are producing a series of blog posts that look beyond the technology at the end use of our products in various industry sectors; starting with batteries for medical and healthcare device design.

The battery is a key component of the medical equipment that allows healthcare delivery to be run in a much more flexible, reliable and efficient manner. Developments in battery technology enable an increasingly supportive and patient centric service. For example, portable back-up power packs can now be used to power home-use medical ventilators, giving patients with respiratory illnesses confidence and security in their own homes.

On X-ray machines, the development of powerful, lightweight batteries has enabled portable versions to be designed. This allows X-rays to be carried out more quickly and cheaper than ever before whilst retaining the same levels of quality. These kinds of devices help medical professionals rapidly and accurately assess the needs of casualty patients.

Our products also power innovation in disease detection. Battery powered Pillcam systems (also known as capsule endoscopy) identify gastro-intestinal disease without the need for surgical procedures, making savings of time, cost and well being.

Finally, our battery and charger systems enable critically ill patients to be transported whilst remaining connected to life-saving monitors and ventilators. Patients would, quite literally, not survive the journey without this essential piece of equipment.

We see Accutronics’ future in the medical design industry as contributing to continued progress and development of the device itself using the application of ever more advanced battery technology. One of the ways we believe we can achieve this is by continually re-focussing on the purpose of the end technology, allowing us to concentrate our technical understanding on helping our customers achieve their objective.

If you want to discuss the development of batteries for the medical sector, please contact our sales and customer service team on +44 (0) 1782 566688 to discuss your requirements.