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The long-term success of the cable drum tracking system developed for Nexans will depend totally on the performance and reliability of the wireless sensors. The choice of battery was a critical factor. There could be no compromise on quality. That’s why we have selected Saft.Olivier Pagès CEO of ffly4u
Nexans, one of the world’s leading cable companies, has been challenged by one of its long-term customers to provide them with the location and remaining length of cable available on a fleet of around 40,000 drums, dispatched in various workplaces. It turned to manufacturer of embedded systems ffly4u to develop tiny battery-powered sensors to ensure that cable drums are never lost or abandoned, and achieve 20% reduction on some logistics costs.
Thus, ffly4u developed a device that connects wirelessly to a cloud-based management system and that provides real-time information on the drum's location ad status. The challenge for ffly4u was to find a battery capable of meeting the required 6-year design life combined with total reliability in the harsh, outdoor working environment and temperature variations.
Saft’s LS 14500 cells are the only type of battery that could meet ffly4u pulse current requirements without the support of additional components such as capacitors. In addition, their proven reliability in demanding temperatures and environmental conditions ensures complete peace of mind for wireless applications. As a result, LS 14500 enabled ffly4u to create a compact and reliable device.
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