Ned Soseman /
09.02.2011 12:14 PM
Anton/Bauer makes Li-ion safety commitments
Anton/Bauer has made a significant investment in lithium-ion (Li-ion) safety by adhering to and exceeding safe-handling requirements.
Over the past several years, government and transportation agencies such as the Federal Aviation Administration, Air Transport Association and Department of Transportation have issued bans and limitations for transporting Li-ion batteries. Well-designed Li-ion-based batteries have built-in safety mechanisms. One such example is the honeycomb cell design, where each individual battery cell is self-contained preventing cells that are damaged from damaging adjacent cells.
Li-ion batteries that are considered to be "dangerous goods" are those over 160Wh. Li-ion batteries between 101Wh and 160Wh sometimes incur carry-on and check-in luggage limitations. To ensure customers carry goods that meet international travel standards, all Anton/Bauer batteries are sold with compliable packaging and inspected to U.N. standards — whether they're classified as dangerous goods or not.
Starting with company personnel, Anton/Bauer ensures that no fewer than 10 employees are trained and certified to handle dangerous goods. Certified trainers come on-site every two years to train the staff in regards to shipping and handling requirements, ensuring they understand and can decipher specific labels as well as the 49CFR Code of Federal Regulations. This ensures that all Anton/Bauer products are manufactured, tested and sold within current standards. In addition, as a company, Anton/Bauer is certified by a lab that inspects its factory four times per year.
Once cells and batteries are assembled, Anton/Bauer sends them to a certified lab to partake in multiple destructive tests. This ensures that all Anton/Bauer Li-ion batteries offered for transport, such as the DIONIC90, HC and HCX, have passed tests T1 - T8, as described in the U.N. Manual of Tests and Criteria. In addition to developing safe batteries, Anton/Bauer has developed custom boxes for carrying Li-ion products, which allow for efficient and safe travel from the moment the batteries are purchased.
Once the batteries and battery packaging go through testing, specific color-coded labels signifying U.N. compliance are applied to the batteries and packaging. Many of the company's products are tested through more than one agency, including the packaging. Anton/Bauer sends packaging samples to Packaging Design and Testing in Glastonbury, CT, to perform a series of tests that are listed in the U.N. Manual of Tests and Criteria, including a drop test and water test. This ensures the boxes meet or exceed requirements. Once testing is completed, the boxes are stamped with a specific U.N. number, as well as the maximum weight that can be in that box and an expiration date. When going through customs during an international trip, Anton/Bauer users can simply flip the box over to reveal the certification stamp on the bottom.
Beyond product and personnel certification, Anton/Bauer belongs to the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation and Portable Rechargeable Battery Association. By being active in these organizations, the company is able to stay informed about recycling procedures as well as current legislation surrounding batteries.