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AGM Formation Water Bath

From Filling to Formation in less than 15 minutes


Automatic Formation Waterbath for
AGM/VRLA/EFB and other types of batteries
Cooling water temperature regulation 1K
Constant formation process time
Consistent high quality and reliable formation
Segmentation for reduced Fill-to-Form loading time
Flexibility and real-time production planning
maximize Return-on-Investment

Why this innovation matters to your AGM Batteries

AGM/VRLA Formation
The formation process for AGM or VRLA
batteries really begins with the filling process. The introduction of electrolyte results in
very high heat generation over a short period
of time, thus thermal management is critical.
Heat generation can be counteracted by
chilling the electrolyte and putting the filled
battery into a chilled water bath.

Fill-to-Form Processing

Fuse Connection Box

One fuse per each polarity per circuit


to protect batteries and rectifier
connection cable in case of short
circuit conditions
Conveniently located straight
forward rectifier interface

The time gap between electrolyte filling and


initiation of the formation process is more
important than might be realized. The longer
the delay between fill and form the more
lead sulfate is formed. This facilitates the
formation process, but it also increases the
resistance of the unformed plates, as lead
sulfate is an insulator.
Longer stand times after filling can also
aggravate the conditions that can initiate
dendrite shorts by allowing lead sulfate to
slowly dissolve and diffuse into the separator.
Subsequently the batteries are put onto
formation as quickly as possible after fill.

The new Digatron/Firing Circuits


AGM/VRLA Water Bath

Gate

ensures fill-to-form
processing times
less than 15 minutes.

Pneumatically driven 2-step gate


mechanism for closing and sealing
2

Digatron/Firing Circuits AGM Water Bath Features

Partition
Exhausting

Water Baths are totally covered


and sulfuric aerosols are exhausted
to a filter
Rated to comply within allowed
combustive and safety limits

Pneumatically driven PP partition


for segmentation
Trapezium shape ensures positive
sealing

Belt Conveyor
Segmentation

Separation into four sections


Each section is loaded and
controlled individually
Formation process can be started
as soon as the loading process and
cabling is completed for the
individual section.

Individual driven belt conveyor


per section
Designed for 3D battery cooling

Formation-Rectifier best suited for AGM Water Bath


Software & Hardware

Multiple Charge Rectifier


Model
Designation

Current
Voltage
[A] Charge [V] Charge

Circuits
per
Cabinet

Total
Batteries
per Cabinet

Dimensions
HxWxD
[cm]

Weight
approx.
[kg]

Power
Supply
[kVA]

Multi Charge Rectifiers


MCR 30-360-16 SCR

30

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

1800

225

MCR 40-360-16 SCR

40

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2000

300

MCR 50-360-16 SCR

50

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2300

375

MCR 30-360-16 SCI*

30

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

1900

210

MCR 50-360-16 SCI*

50

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2300

352

Circuits
per
Cabinet

Total
Batteries
per Cabinet

Dimensions
HxWxD
[cm]

Weight
approx.
[kg]

Power
Supply
[kVA]

Multiple Charge & Discharge Rectifier


Model
Designation
MCDR 30-360-16 SCR

1-30

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

1900

225

MCDR 40-360-16 SCR

1-40

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2100

300

MCDR 50-360-16 SCR

1-50

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2400

375

MCDR 30-360-16 SCI*

1-30

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2000

210

MCDR 50-360-16 SCI*

1-50

10-360

16

320

195x210x100

2400

352

* SCI IGBT Technology

Voltage
Current [A]
Charge/ [V] Charge/
Discharge Discharge

Overview - Layout and Options

Technical Data

Acid Resistant Temperature Probe


Measures battery electrolyte or
cooling water temperature
Pt100 three-wire temperature probe
technology
Acid resistant insulated 100 mm probe tip

A-B: 144 Batteries

Options

+/- 1K

L0L3: 320 Batteries

Cooling water process accuracy

16 m 3/h

L4: 304 Batteries

Cooling water flow rate

160x 180x1340

L5: 272 Batteries

Dimensions (HxWxL) [cm]

Watherbath Interface
The water bath interface monitors electrolyte temperatures and the status of digital
inputs and communicates these values to
the formation circuits
Charging Leads
Highly flexible and fire retardant interconnection cables to put batteries in
series
Colored moldings for better visual
polarity recognition
Differently shaped moldings for haptic
polarity recognition

2-in-1 Switch box for paralleling circuits


Allows easy change over from two DC outputs to one common DC output providing
higher current (e.g.: from 2x30A to 1x 60A)

Portable Acid Gravity Meter


Measures battery electrolyte gravity
True one-hand operation without
arm fatigue
Large enough grip for gloved hands

Digatron / Firing Circuits - Formation solutions from one source


Digatron/Firing Ciruits also delivers
Total Project Engineering
Complete formation systems and fully integrated turnkey projects
that meet our clients expectations from the market leader:








Battery Filling
Battery Weighing
Complete Waterbath System Layouts
Formation Rectifier
Finishing Line
Water Cooling System
Exhausting System
Facility and Conveying Infrastructure
Documentation

About Digatron/Firing Circuits


Digatron/ Firing Circuits is an international group
of companies with engineering, manufacturing
and service facilities located in Germany, the
United States and China. For more than 40 years
Digatron/ Firing Circuits has developed and manufactured computer-controlled test and formation

equipment for all kinds of batteries, ranging from


mobile phones to automotive to huge submarine
batteries. Digatron/Firing Circuits also supplies
highly dynamic test and load systems for electrical
energy storage devices like fuel cells, supercaps and
hybrid systems.

Aachen, Germany

Shelton, (CT), USA

Qingdao, China

Tel: +49 241 168 090

Tel: +1 203 446 8000

Tel: +86 532 8608 9988

Fax: +49 241 16809-19

Fax: +1 203 446 8015

Fax: +86 532 8608 9909

www.digatron.com
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