Yuasa Battery Sales (UK) Ltd. – the UK market leader for Automotive Aftermarket, Industrial and Motorcycle Batteries – will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Automechanika 2012 exhibition from 11th to 16th September, Messe, Frankfurt am Main, Germany.
The company will be promoting the latest in automotive battery technology with an emphasis on the importance of education and training in the aftermarket as vehicle electrics become ever more complex and the market becomes increasingly challenging and competitive. There will be new battery technology on display from the Yuasa automotive and motorcycle ranges alongside two new automotive battery conductance analysers designed to support important tests as part of the overall battery management process for aftermarket operators. There will also be information on Yuasa’s unique training offering for customers that is dedicated to the education of both Yuasa internal staff and the company’s customers in all areas relating to the products they produce.
The Yuasa training schemes aim to support all areas of Yuasa’s business – both internally and externally – as well as working in tandem with the company’s existing customer base in order to provide a way for new customers to become familiar with the brand, products, future opportunities and, most importantly, technology. Training is available in all areas of and for all aspects of Yuasa’s customers’ businesses. It is possible to design training courses that not only focus on a particular department within a business but can also be tailored to address specific issues and problems associated with battery storage, sales/marketing, testing, warranties and new technologies that affect the current performance, future development and growth of the business. When delivered as a package throughout the business, the benefit of training existing and new staff not only adds value to the business but also empowers each individual staff member to deliver a quality battery product with the back up and support of manufacturer knowledge to the end customer.
Education and training in the aftermarket has become an essential need as today’s power hungry vehicles require new technology, high performance batteries. The introduction of Microhybrid fuel saving/exhaust emission reduction technology such as Idle Stop/Start, charging system control and the increasing addition of yet more electrical equipment as standard has led to a requirement for completely different and more robust forms of automotive batteries such as AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) and EFB (Enhanced Flooded Battery). These advances have raised more questions and raised new problems when trying to accurately test a battery for both SOC (state-of-charge) and SOH (state-of-health) and the manufacturer education provided by Yuasa is intended to address these.
New automotive battery conductance analysers
Also on show will be the new MDX-617 and 617P with printer option, two custom made analyser solutions that offer users the opportunity to increase revenues and enable significant cost savings. These innovative analysers have been developed for automotive service needs and can be used with multiple battery technologies including AGM, Gel, lead-acid and spiral.
Designed for use with Yuasa’s wide range of automotive batteries, the new analysers offer three test functions as standard. The Yuasa warranty test needs to be used whenever there is a requirement to test a battery under warranty. Managing vehicle battery warranty claims is complex and it is important to make a quick and accurate determination of claim responsibility and accountability. The MDX-617/P makes battery warranty testing easy and safe to perform on all battery technologies.
The Yuasa warranty test mode results in a specific warranty test code enabling users to reduce warranty claim related costs by efficiently determining accountability and responsibility. Furthermore, the MDX-617/P simplifies and improves warranty data management and communication capabilities.
Standard battery mode uses conductance testing to determine the ability of a battery to transmit current through its internal structure. Years of laboratory and field research have proven that conductance provides a reliable indication of a battery’s state of health and a correlation to its cranking ability. Recognised globally as the standard for determining battery condition, conductance testing can detect cell defects, short circuits and normal ageing.
New battery mode is a test that determines the health of unused batteries. For example, a battery that has been stored in a warehouse awaiting delivery to a customer can be tested quickly and accurately to determine its state-of-health and minimise returns.
Applications for the new MDX-617/P include automotive, motorcycle and truck with capability of testing 6V and 12V batteries in situ on 6V, 12V and 24V systems. Test ranges encompass EN/SAE (100 to 2000 by 5), DIN/IEC (100 to 1200 by 5) and JIS# by part number. Standard cable length is 1.22m with 3.05m also available.
Features include 5-line text/graphical backlit display, voltage range 1 to 30V DC and 24 languages. The MDX-617P version features an integrated thermal printer that can be customised with workshop logo, localised contact information, date/time stamp and test results showing state of charge, state of health and rating. There is also a coupon mode for special customer information and messaging.
Battery-powered and housed in acid-resistant ABS plastic, the new Yuasa MDX-617/P is fully capable of operating in harsh workshop environments. Operating temperature range is from 0 to 50°C.
Yuasa will also be showing products from its line of automotive and motorcycle aftermarket batteries including the latest AGM technology batteries, Elite, Professional, Cargo, Cargo HD, Classic and LeisureLine ranges that have a reputation in the market for proven battery performance plus the reliability that is expected from one of the world’s largest lead-acid battery manufacturers.
The company will be exhibiting on stand B24 in hall 3.1.