Rotolok Valves Selected For Lithium-ion Battery Manufacturing

Published - 28th Feb 2022

Rotolok valves are found in many demanding applications and one of the latest is in the development & production of lithium-ion batteries for use in electric vehicles.

We have recently finished the construction of a batch of 15 stainless steel rotary valves that had highly defined specifications and a stringent documentation regime.

Working for a major battery manufacturing company, the Rotolok team developed a close working relationship with the customer and were able to meet the strict selection criteria for the project. Each rotary valve was fitted with a range of ancillary components to control purging to both the sealing glands and the body cavity. Each component had to be individually specified and tagged with bespoke data sheets provided and approved by the customer, right down to the control wiring.

This meant document control was a key function of the project. Paul Standen (QHSE) and Mike Arbury (Design Office Manager) put in a sterling effort to ensure documentation was provided on time and to standard, which was recognised in the final report from the client.

The assembly of each valve had to be strictly monitored to ensure it met the design and application criteria and were ready for the factory acceptance test, witnessed by the customer. Every member of the design and assembly team rose to the task with Hamish Ayre, Rotolok Product Designer stepping out from behind his PC and putting hours in on the shop floor to assist the assembly team with his design knowledge proving invaluable.

The customer was extremely complimentary of the overall project delivery, and it is a shining example of the values engendered within the company.

Great effort all!

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