Grand Opening of MGA’s Facilities & Equipment Center

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During the last 35 years, MGA has become a provider of engineering services for a variety of industries throughout the World. This success is attributed to the dedicated and innovative associates throughout the organization who have developed, designed, and built just about every piece of test equipment used in our labs throughout the . . . → Read More: Grand Opening of MGA’s Facilities & Equipment Center

Battery Testing Improvements

This past year at the Technical Services Lab (TSL), we have been working to expand its battery testing capabilities. We are now underway on a major improvement project for the large format battery testing chamber. The improvement project has included many new enhancements, small and large, that will help us provide our customers . . . → Read More: Battery Testing Improvements

Nail Penetration Test

Special safety considerations need to be taken with lithium-ion batteries intended for use in new hybrid electric vehicles. Abuse testing for these batteries is outlined by SAE J2464 as well as the USABC Freedom Car Abuse test manual. One of the tests outlined by these standards is the nail penetration test. In an . . . → Read More: Nail Penetration Test

Battery Failures – Part 3 Overheating

In this modern ‘plugged-in’ world, batteries are everywhere. With all of our portable devices, it is important that the batteries powering them are safe for use. In the past two issues, we looked at the external conditions that can cause failures in the form of external short circuits and nail penetrations. Now we . . . → Read More: Battery Failures – Part 3 Overheating

Battery Failures – Part 2 Nail Penetration

Battery failures can be extremely dangerous. In the previous issue, we took a closer look at the External Short Circuit test and the way it is performed. Now we will be looking at a second type of battery failure: Nail Penetration.

Nail Penetration does not necessarily need to be caused by a nail. It refers . . . → Read More: Battery Failures – Part 2 Nail Penetration

Battery Failures – Part 1 External Short Circuits

Battery failures happen all the time, but none are more spectacular or dangerous than a fiery battery explosion. Explosions and fire are scary threats. Thanks to diligent development and testing, these displays are rare. In order to test batteries properly, we must understand what causes these types of reactions. All battery failures can . . . → Read More: Battery Failures – Part 1 External Short Circuits

Safety Considerations for Testing Batteries

The topic of alternative energy is frequently in the news. Hybrid and electric vehicles, wind power, solar power, and nuclear energy are all being discussed from the halls of Congress to kitchen tables as possible “clean” and “green” solutions to perceived energy and environmental issues.

Additionally, the demand for portable power . . . → Read More: Safety Considerations for Testing Batteries

MGA’s UN Battery Testing-New Requirements as of October 1, 2009 and Required Testing Webinar Presented on December 3, 2009

This webinar focused on the recent regulatory changes, effective as of October 1, 2009, to the United Nations (UN) ST/SG/AC.10/aa/Rev. 4 – Recommendations on the Transport of Dangerous Goods Manual of Tests and Criteria regarding small-sized batteries. The topics that were addressed include a comprehensive regulatory review as well as a discussion of . . . → Read More: MGA’s UN Battery Testing-New Requirements as of October 1, 2009 and Required Testing Webinar Presented on December 3, 2009