The use of batteries in portable devices, electric cars, and more has caused the cumulative installed capacity of Lithium-ion cells to grow by a factor of 50,000 over the last 30 years and the price to drop by a factor of 40! It is the preferred battery technology for many applications because it offers a very high energy density and can be manufactured cost effectively at large scale. Even with the impressive improvements in recent years, there is a persistent & growing demand for increased performance and lower manufacturing costs. That makes battery technology a prime research topic for academia and industry.
We rely on our electronics from the time our alarm wakes us up until we turn out the light and go to bed every day. They are a big part of being productive at work, relaxing at home, or venturing out. We expect a lot for our devices in terms of performance, reliability, and durability, so its no surprise that the design, materials, and manufacturing methods for these devices have become highly specialized for the task at hand.
Many critical electronic materials like conductive inks, solder paste, thermal management materials, potting compounds, adhesives & sealants, protective & decorative coatings, and more require mixing prior to application. A programmable mechanical mixer ensures that these products are mixed thoroughly and in a repeatable manner. Vacuum mixing may further improve performance, especially for conductive materials or materials that will be cured at elevated temperatures.