Bringing Factory Consistency to the Lab: Introducing AutoBass, the Battery Assembly Robot

Battery assembly robots bring factory consistency to the laboratory

Researchers have developed robots that can replicate coin-cell batteries in a laboratory with speed, agility, and reproducibility.

Up until now, laboratories researching battery technology had to make a choice between being able to manually assemble each cell and iterate on battery chemistry, or having the reproducibility and speed that comes with large-scale production. The AutoBass robot, the first coin cell assembly system of its type designed for laboratories, bridges this gap.

AutoBass, developed by a team at the Helmholtz Institute Ulm in Germany and Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, promises to improve the characterisation of coin-cell batteries and promote reproducibility through photography of each cell at key stages in assembly. It produces 64 cells per day.