May 16, 2020

FermionX and Reflex Imaging reveal a unique collaboration and launch the new Laser Metrology Module

Connected Manufacturing
Catherine Sturman
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Laser Metrology Module
Worthing based contract electronic design and manufacturers FermionX Ltd, and Horsham based Reflex Imaging Ltd, inventors of the innovative LAMM (Laser...

Worthing based contract electronic design and manufacturers FermionX Ltd, and Horsham based Reflex Imaging Ltd, inventors of the innovative LAMM (Laser Metrology Module), will be exhibiting their expanded electronic design and manufacturing solutions at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show in Farnborough, Hampshire from Tuesday 5th to Thursday 7th February. 

The exhibition also sees the launch of the new Laser Metrology Module (LAMM), a disruptive new technology based on MEMs scanning mirrors. The LAMM uses a unique retro-reflective target to determine the position of an object in three dimensions using only a single dimension scanning mirror device.

The LAMM delivers sub-millimetre precision at a fraction of the price of existing solutions. The LAMM is easily networked and integrated into existing systems or assemblies; giving users the opportunity to achieve laser-based precision where it was previously unaffordable. 

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The partnership between FermionX and Reflex Imaging is in response to customer demand for complete solutions in electronic design, prototype development through to manufacturing solutions using the fundamental ethos of design for manufacture. From design to distribution and all aspects of contract manufacturing in between, the FermionX and Reflex Teams will be on hand at the exhibition to discuss how your design concepts and contract manufacturing requirements can be delivered for optimum results.

The Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show is one of the most important and popular engineering shows in the country. It showcases technology in machinery, production equipment, electronic production & assembly, and tooling & component making it an ideal opportunity for FermionX and Reflex Imaging Ltd to launch the LAMM to key industry organisations, new and existing customers.

Dan Crothers, Managing Director at FermionX, said: “We’re delighted to be attending this renowned industry show with Reflex Imaging. The team is looking forward to meeting key players in the industry to discuss their latest products with us and to see how we can help support their design, innovation and CEM requirements.”

FermionX and Reflex Imaging will be exhibiting on at the Southern Manufacturing & Electronics Show from the 5th - 7th February. To book an appointment to meet the team at the show, email [email protected].

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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing


What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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