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Euro Energy to Exhibit at The National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference 28th November 2019
Posted on 16th August 2019

Euro Energy to Exhibit at The National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference 28th November 2019

On the 28th of November 2019, Euro Energy will once again be supporting Philips at their National Biomedical & Clinical Engineering Conference, being held this year at the De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre on Beeston Lane, Nottingham, NG7 2RJ.

Celebrating it's 21st year, this year's theme is 'The evolution of the Biomed in the age of digital healthcare' and will feature world class speakers to help delegates navigate through this changing world with a series of keynotes and panel session. The new venue has capacity for 400 delegates, so Philips are hoping that this event will be their biggest so far. The show is aimed at Clinical Technologists, Medical Engineers, EBME Managers, Technical Support Managers, Biomedical Engineers, Heads of Clinical Engineering, Directors, Solution Consultants, Field Service Engineers, IT Specialists and Operations Managers.

Even with a packed day planned, there will be ample time for delegates to engage with exhibitors during registration, lunch and refreshment breaks - which will be hosted in the main hall.

Euro Energy will be showcasing Philips Medical batteries and equipment accessories and consumables on our table top display. We will welcome all delegates to come on over to say hello and ask any questions you may have about Philips medical batteries and medical accessories - or indeed any items from our wide range of OEM & compatible medical batteries and OEM medical equipment consumables.

We look forwards to seeing you on the 28th of November!

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VAT Exempt Purchases From Euro Energy
Posted on 29th July 2019

VAT Exempt Purchases From Euro Energy

Most of our medical batteries and medical equipment accessories are for use in Hospitals, Care Homes, Doctor's Surgeries, Medical Centres etc  for use by trained professionals, however some of our medical batteries are also suitable for home applications and can be purchased exempt from VAT for use by chronically sick or disabled customers. Our VAT exemption form can be downloaded here or from our Downloads page in the 'Other Downloads' section at the bottom of the page.

To find out more about what types of products can be purchased and under what conditions a person qualifies for VAT exemption, please visit the gov.uk website. You can click here  to visit the gov.uk information page and read all about VAT Exempt purchases, what products can qualify for VAT Exempt purchasing and whether you qualify for VAT free goods.

Some examples of the types of equipment that we offer batteries for that could qualify for VAT Exemption are:-

  • Hoist batteries
  • Nebuliser batteries
  • Oxygen Concentrator batteries

Before deciding whether you and your intended purchase qualify for VAT Exemption, it is vital that you read the gov.uk guidance carefully.

If you qualify for a VAT Exemption and you wish to purchase an item from Euro Energy, please download, print and fully complete (not forgetting to sign) our VAT Exemption certificate  and then email it along with details of the item you wish to buy along with your telephone number, to info@euroenergy.co.uk We will then call you to arrange payment by credit or debit card.

We cannot offer guidance or advice on whether or not you qualify for a VAT Exempt purchase, but our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to help you to find the right battery for your equipment.

For further information or to discuss our range of Original Manufacturer medical batteries & Compatible medical batteries, Original Manufacturer medical accessories and general purpose Sealed Lead Acid/VRLA batteries contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Field Safety Notice - Philips Intellivue MX40 989803174131 / 989803176201 - Increased Battery power Consumption and Absence of Low Battery Alarms
Posted on 2nd July 2019

Field Safety Notice - Philips Intellivue MX40 989803174131 / 989803176201 - FSN86201863C

Increased Battery power Consumption and Absence of Low Battery Alarms

On June 19, 2019 Philips Healthcare released an urgent Field Safety Notice, FSN86201863C, regarding the Philips Intellivue MX40 entitled 'Increased Battery Power Consumption and Absence of Low Battery Alarms, text below:-

Dear Customer, 
 
Previously, you received notices related to power consumption and battery alarms of the MX40, including the original letter dated March 22, 2019. Subsequent to these communications, additional issues related to power consumption and low battery alarms have been found.  This letter supersedes the prior notices with respect to the “Actions to be Taken by the Customer/User“ to prevent risks to patients.  As mentioned previously, Philips will be contacting you to arrange for a software upgrade and the installation of the software upgrade will correct these problems. 
 
This Medical Device Recall letter is intended to update you about:
  • what the problem is and under what circumstances it can occur
  • the actions that should be taken by the customer / user in order to prevent risks for patients or users
  • the actions planned by Philips to correct the problem. 

This document contains important information for the continued safe and proper use of your equipment 

Please review the following information with all members of your staff who need to be aware of the contents of this communication. It is important to understand the implications of this communication. 
 
Please retain a copy with the equipment Instruction for Use.
 
The MX40 may experience increased power consumption and may have a lack of visual and/or audible notifications while in a “Low Battery State”.   
 
This notice will be reported to the appropriate regulatory agencies. 
 
Philips apologizes for any inconvenience caused by this problem.
 
AFFECTED PRODUCTS: All Philips IntelliVue MX40 Patient Worn Monitors. 
PROBLEM DESCRIPTION: The MX40 may experience increased power consumption and may have a lack of visual and/or audible notifications while in a “Low Battery State”. 
HAZARD INVOLVED: The patient and nearby caregivers may not realize that monitoring has been lost and the battery should be replaced, which may result in a delay in recognition of the need for therapy and/or therapy delivery. 
HOW TO IDENTIFY AFFECTED PRODUCTS: This action applies to all MX40 units.   
ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY CUSTOMER / USER: Until you have upgraded the software on your MX40, replace your batteries every 8 hours, unless you are using Monitor Mode and SpO2 measurement (Manual, Continuous or Auto modes) with AA batteries, in which case replacement should be done every 2 hours. Please complete the attached Reply Card and return to Philips as soon as possible. 
ACTIONS PLANNED BY PHILIPS: Philips Healthcare has released a software upgrade (MX40 rev B.06.59), which will correct these problems. Philips will contact you to arrange for software correction. 
 
If you need to purchase additional batteries, please contact Euro Energy on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk. MX40 batteries are sold as either a 3 pack, Euro Energy Part Number 02214, Philips Part Number 989803174131 or as singles, Euro Energy Part Number 02396, Philips Part Number 9898803176201.
 

For further information or to discuss our range of Original Manufacturer medical batteries & Compatible medical batteries, Original Manufacturer medical accessories and general purpose Sealed Lead Acid/VRLA batteries contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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How Important is the Correct Battery Charger?
Posted on 18th June 2019

How Important is the Correct Battery Charger?

When specifying a battery or battery pack for a project, one of the most important questions is “how it will be recharged?” Clearly careful consideration is required here, as an incorrect charger, leading to only partial charging of your battery or battery pack can make or break your product.

Many designers look at the big picture, incorporating fuel gauging, cell protection and charging into their own electronics. Others opt for a stand alone ‘off the peg’ charger. In either case, Euro Energy can work with you to minimise risk, but we’re able to take full responsibility for a project where we supply both the battery and the charger.

Lots of our customers have come to us initially to help them rescue a failing project, our experience and an assessment of the charger, cell and environmental characteristics will often pinpoint their problem. In some rare cases, the cause of the failure is more subtle, requiring supplementary testing to establish where the incompatibility lies. From an equipment manufacturers perspective though, ‘right first time’ is the ideal, and the beginning of your project is best point for Euro Energy to become involved.

We work with a number of European charger manufacturers, so we can select the solution which offers the best balance of features and characteristics, being mindful of the required pricing - a solution for one customer isn’t necessarily right for another. We can also provide bespoke solutions, such as vehicle powered chargers, wired charger PCBs for installation into your own housing, bespoke housings, charge sequence and parameter modification, additional termination methods, along with the ‘add ons’ such as customer specified connectors, regional plugs and broad input voltage ranges for World-wide sales. The good thing is, you don’t need to make a massive commitment to get bespoke features, often less than 30pcs is enough.

To answer the intial question, how important is the correct battery charger? The answer is very important if you want your battery or battery pack to continue to power your application time after time.

So, if you have a Li-Ion, Lithium Polymer, LiFePO4, Ni-MH or VRLA battery or battery pack project, let us steer your charger selection – speak to us and get it ‘right first time’.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For further information on Li-Ion, Lithium Polymer, Lithium Iron Phospahate, Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH) or Valve Regulated Lead Acid (VRLA) cells, batteries & battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 3 – Lithium Ion
Posted on 13th June 2019

Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 3 – Lithium Ion

It’s approaching 30 years since the first Lithium Ion (Li Ion or Li-Ion) batteries were manufactured commercially.  Constant evolution, driven by the World’s desire to move away from fossil fuels for automotive applications, has resulted in higher discharge current, faster charging and enhanced safety. Whilst success here is the big prize, developments are beneficial across all industry sectors.

Li-Ion has many benefits over other chemistries, such as;

  • Low self-discharge. Around 10% of that experienced with Nickel Metal Hydride (Ni-MH or NiMH)
  • High terminal voltage, three times that of Nickel Metal Hydride
  • Very high energy density, more than twice that of Nickel Metal Hydride
  • A flat discharge voltage profile, with very little voltage reduction during discharge

These characteristics have led to battery packs of a similar voltage and capacity reducing by 55 to 60% in volume and weight when compared with Ni-MH alternatives. Clearly for many products this gives a distinct advantage.

Lithium Ion cells ability to ‘Vent with flame’ is a well- documented phenomenon, and big steps have been taken to ensure this possibility is minimised, primarily by the inclusion of a safety circuit or PCM, or BMS in all lithium batteries. The function of this circuit is to isolate the cells from the output wires should an adverse incident occur. Safety concerns have also led to them being classified by the UN as Class 9 Miscellaneous dangerous goods for shipping purposes, either by road, rail, air or sea. Compliance is a legal requirement, and is a costly process when placing new designs on the market. This is often the prohibitive factor for the use of Li-Ion on small to medium project requirements.    

Euro Energy can lead you through the compliance process, or alternatively we may already have a suitable pre-approved ‘Project Ready’ soft pack in our ever-growing range. If you have a requirement, call our Technical Team to discuss – there’s a good chance we have the solution to your problem!

For further information on Lithium Ion (Li Ion/Li-IOn) cells and battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 2 – Valve Regulated Lead Acid
Posted on 4th June 2019

Euro Energy Guide to Battery Chemistries number 2 – Valve Regulated Lead Acid

Valve Regulated Lead Acid batteries (Often known as VRLA, Sealed Lead Acid, SLA or AGM) were first brought to market during the 1950s, but can still offer the ideal solution to power many products. The technology used in lead acid batteries matured many years ago creating a robust, low cost battery, readily available globally from multiple manufacturers.

Their operation allows 99% of all gas produced to be recombined during normal use, so the need for regular topping up is removed and allowing them to be classified as ‘Non-Spillable’. Anyone who ships batteries will know this classification greatly simplifies the delivery process.

Key to the design of lead acid batteries are glass fibre separators which sit between the lead calcium grids. These hold the acid in suspension, so even if stored upside down they won’t leak! This is coupled with a low- pressure relief valve, effectively a rubber cap over the filler spout, which keeps the acid in. In the event of an incident such as over-charging, this will slowly allow the gas to release and disperse to atmosphere. So long as the enclosure is adequately ventilated, sufficiently to prevent a 4% concentration, they remain completely safe.

Some manufacturers are so confident in their lead acid batteries they approve operation in any orientation, including upside down!

The ‘block’ format of VRLA batteries also make them ideal to build into bespoke battery packs in either series or parallel battery pack configurations. Here are a few of the batteries that we build here at Euro Energy that use lead acid batteries, demonstrating versatility of VRLA;


 

 

 

The cycle life and operational time of lead acid batteries are heavily dependent on the way in which the battery is used and maintained. Regular deep cycling will soon reduce capacity, as will high temperature operation (as the result of high ambient temperatures or aggressive charging regimes for example). Storing after a full discharge without recharging is also bad for your battery. This may cause ‘sulphation’, where lead sulphate crystals begin to form within the battery which then act to prevent recharging and normal battery operation.

How to Keep your Lead Acid Battery Healthy

  • Always recharge after use, store fully charged
  • Recharge at least every 6 months if stored
  • Keep the battery in a cool place, cooler the better
  • Use a good quality charger – make sure it’s 3 stage charger if the battery is used in a cyclic application
  • Charge only at room temperature
  • If the battery will be used in a very hot or very cold location, consider reducing or increasing charge voltage in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations

And finally, always make sure the battery specified is the correct type for the intended use. For example, a general purpose battery in a cyclic application will have a very short life. Read our blog about the differences between cyclic & standby batteries here.

Here at Euro Energy, we stock a comprehensive range of Sealed Lead Acid batteries to ensure that most batteries are available for immediate despatch and our intelligent stock management system ensures that our lead acid batteries are in perfect condition when they leave our shelves! We stock batteries from CSB, Cyclon, Fiamm, MK, Panasonic, PBQ, Portalaq, Powersonic, Sonnenschein and Yuasa. You can read more about our range of Sealed Lead Acid batteries here.

For further information on Sealed Lead Acid/Valve Regulated Lead Acid (SLA/VRLA) batteries and battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Custom Battery Pack Design & Build in the UK by Euro Energy
Posted on 31st May 2019

CUSTOM BATTERY PACKS

For nearly 40 years, Euro Energy has worked with a diverse range of customers, across a wide range of industries, designing battery packs to power their applications, making Euro Energy a leading designer and manufacturer of custom battery packs.

Whether you call them custom battery packs, custom batteries, bespoke battery packs, bespoke batteries or just battery packs, all Euro Energy battery packs are UK manufactured within our ISO 9001:2015 quality standards framework. What's more, a fully dedicated, experienced & knowledgeable Technical team will help guide you through your project from conception to completion. Understanding how and where your application will be used as well as it's power requirement is critical in the design phase of a project as environmental factors and charging expectations have a big impact on selecting the most appropriate battery chemistry for your bespoke battery pack.

Full customer service and technical support are always provided as standard for the life of a project. Both non-rechargeable and rechargeable battery packs can be manufactured that utilise different battery or cell chemistries such as lead acid (SLA or VRLA), nickel metal hydride (NiMh), alkaline, Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) or Lithium metal. Euro Energy works closely with all of it's customers to develop battery packs that fully meet specifications in terms of performance and cost. Please contact Euro Energy to see how we can meet your power needs.  

BATTERY PACK DESIGN

Battery packs can be designed in many different configurations from simple sleeved packs through to complex designs requiring electronics, chargers, mouldings, castings and vacuum formed or ultra sonically welded cases. Battery pack design takes into account, environmental factors, expected useful life of the application, uptime vs downtime, application size and weight and of course cost, all of which must be carefully considered when selecting the most appropriate battery or cell chemistry on which the overall battery pack will be based. All custom battery packs designed and built by Euro Energy are fully compliant with all regulatory requirements. 

PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Euro Energy Resources provides a complete project management service, which can begin with an initial consultation, through specification, design, and sourcing of components to prototype or sample battery pack production for testing and analysis before full product launch - with the Customer involved at each key stage. 

QUALITY & TESTING

Battery packs are manufactured within the framework of BS EN ISO 9001:2015 to ensure consistent quality and process control. We frequently undertake testing on behalf of our Customer's using our extensive range of equipment, including our Bitrode MCV5-24 channel test suite. This ensures that each battery pack matches it's specification ready for the environment in which it is intended to work.

REASONS WHY CUSTOMERS USE EURO ENERGY RESOURCES

  • We Listen Carefully To Our Customers’ Requirements
  • Projects Are Managed From Initial Design To Bulk Production
  • Dedicated Technical Team Providing Support For The Life Of The Project
  • Sampling And Prototypes Supplied
  • Small, Medium And High Volumes Produced
  • Testing Available
  • UK Manufactured 37 Years Battery Pack Manufacturing Experience
  • Reverse Engineering Specialists
  • BS EN ISO 9001: 2015 Accredited Supplier
  • NCAGE U6072

More information on our Custom Battery Pack Design & Build Service can be found by clicking here or you can download our Custom Battery Pack information sheet by clicking here.

For further information or to discuss your project with our friendly & knowledgeable Technical Team contact us on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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Euro Energy guide to battery chemistries number 1 - Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)
Posted on 23rd May 2019

Euro Energy guide to battery chemistries - Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH)

Choosing the correct battery or battery pack for your application isn't as simple as matching a required voltage against how long you want the battery to last for. Each battery chemistry will offer different charge/discharge profiles and different operating environments may suit some battery chemistries better than others. There may even be other logistical factors to consider. In this post, we'll look at the benefits of Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH or Ni-MH).
 
Developments in Ni-MH have created many significant advantages over lithium cell alternatives. Manufacturers such as Panasonic understand the importance of Ni-MH in it’s battery portfolio, and the ability of Ni-MH to be adapted to fill requirements which have so far eluded lithium chemistry batteries.
 
Recent additions include cells designed specifically for low temperature discharge, enabling good discharge performance to as low as -30°C. The same cells offer standard Ni-MH performance at 60°C, so performance is assured in portable equipment operating globally. Once the temperature has normalised to between 0°C and 60°C, recharge of nickel metal hydride battery packs can take as little as 1.2 hours. 
 
Additionally cells have been developed for back up use at high temperature during both charge and discharge, with long life types offering up to 10 years of service. Other nickel metal hydride cells are formulated to offer high rate discharge in similar environments at rates as high as 12C.
 
This is in addition to the mature, safe standard Ni-MH cells historically offered.
 
 

When is Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH / Ni-MH) the best alternative?

  • If you need a light weight battery but recognise that featherweight isn’t your goal - sometimes a few grams adds a quality feel to a product.
  • When you want to launch your product without committing to high set up costs.
  • If you intend to ship products overseas by air or sea. Ni-MH is inherently safe with the inclusion of simple protection devices and doesn’t require a Despatch Department to be trained in Dangerous Goods shipping.
  • If an overseas customer perceives a battery to be defective, getting Li-Ion back to you for investigation is often a logistical nightmare, or worse still, impossible. Ni-MH can travel freely across borders by aircraft.
  • Easily configurable into packs of any shape or size with no minimum batch sizes and short lead times.

You can download this information as a pdf by clicking here or by visiting the Downloads section of our website.

How do I learn more?

For further information on Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH/Ni-MH) cells and battery packs or to learn more about our custom battery pack design and build service, contact our friendly & knowledgeable Customer Service team on 0116 2340567 or email info@euroenergy.co.uk

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