Germantown, Wisconsin — Yokogawa announces the inclusion of its WEBFREX3ES online thickness gauge to Faustel’s battery electrode coating lines. The gauge is used to monitor the thickness of the coatings on the electrodes that are main components of lithium-ion batteries.
“As the performance of lithium-ion batteries improves and their production volumes increase, the specifications for measuring the thickness of electrode materials also change,” said Jay Totten, Technology Center Manager at Faustel. “Thickness gauges must now operate faster than ever as electrode manufacturers strive to speed up production lines and improve production efficiency to meet growing demand.”
Modern lithium-ion batteries contain metal foil bases for the anode and cathode, which are thinly and uniformly coated with an electrode coating. The WEBFREX3ES gauge specifications are optimized to measure the thickness of electrode coatings directly on the coating line. Gauges can be installed wherever required, such as between coating machines. The WEBREX3ES’s compact frame allows it to be installed in tight spaces often found in battery electrode production facilities.
WEBFREX3ES consists of up to five frames, which accommodate a Beta-ray type sensor, a measurement manager station to generate coat weight profiles, operator stations, and a profile stack server. The system is equipped with various functions provided for the battery electrode process, including high-speed and high-precision synchronization scanning, automatic identification of coated or non-coated parts, zone trend panel, profile data tracking and a material coefficient window. All major components are originally developed and manufactured at Yokogawa factories under the high quality control policy proven by their highly reliable DCS and field instruments.
Founded in 1956, Faustel (https://www.faustel.com) is a manufacturer of high-tech web converting equipment for the paper, film and foil converting industry including modular systems, complete lines, and components for a wide range of coated or laminated products. Faustel has a well-equipped Technology Center including two pilot coating lines, both capable of aqueous and solvent-based coating using a wide variety of methods and incorporates all well-known drying and curing technologies as well as a wide variety of coating, laminating, and winding capabilities. Faustel has production facilities in the US and China and provides 24-hour parts and service support.
About Yokogawa Corporation of America
Yokogawa Corporation of America (http://yokogawa.com/us) is a leading provider of Industrial Automation and Test and Measurement solutions. Combining superior technology with engineering, system integration, project management, and maintenance services, Yokogawa delivers field-proven operational efficiency, safety, and reliability. Yokogawa Corporation of America is headquartered in Sugar Land, TX, and is the North American Division of Yokogawa Electric Corporation’s global network of 25 manufacturing facilities and 4 regional project engineering centers.
Yokogawa’s global network of 88 companies spans over a total of 55 countries. Founded in 1915, the US$4 billion company conducts cutting-edge research and innovation. Yokogawa is engaged in industrial automation and control (IA), test and measurement, and other business segments. The IA segment plays a vital role in a wide range of industries including oil, chemicals, natural gas, power, iron and steel, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and food. For more information about Yokogawa, please visit our website www.yokogawa.com.