October 8, 2018 Charlotte NC
ZARGES is a global supplier of storage and transport equipment, used in a multitude of industries and companies worldwide. Our lightweight aluminum cases are appropriate for safe and secure storage and transport of sensitive items and hazardous materials. We offer a variety of aluminum cases appropriate for the shipping and storage of Lithium and Lithium Ion batteries (Li-Ion) that are properly packaged and intact. However, the problem of transporting and storing damaged and defective batteries has posed serious challenges. The US Department of Transportation Hazardous Material Regulations (HMR; 49 C.F.R., Parts 171-180) states that lithium batteries are to be regulated as a hazardous material. This is due to the potential of fire, electric shock and chemical burns that may occur when batteries are damaged, defective or improperly handled and stored.
Today, ZARGES, Inc. is proud to introduce our newest product, the ZARGES BatterySafe™, an aluminum case designed for the safe transport and storage of developmental, damaged and defective Lithium Ion batteries. Utilizing the strengths of our classic K470 transit case, the ZARGES solution is comprised of aluminum cases with a custom CIRRUX lining which contains an intumescent fiberglass material and is UN Approved for the transport of hazardous goods. The cases have been successfully tested with up to three batteries, each measuring 500 Wh. The test proved that the case suppressed ignition, extinguished flames and reduced thermal transfer, keeping exterior temperatures under 100° C and neighboring batteries intact.
“Storing and transporting damaged Lithium Ion batteries has posed great difficulty up to this point,” said ZARGES, Inc. General Manager, Olaf Klutke. “We are pleased to be able to offer a proven solution to this dangerous issue.”
The ZARGES BatterySafe™ offers all the available features of our standard K470 cases, including secure latches, stacking corners, three fully welded aluminum profile frames, and the cases are easy to load and unload. The cases are appropriate for a variety of uses, including defense contractors standardizing battery management, vehicle battery development, medical equipment and drones. The case will initially be available in one size, with additional sizes and custom options available soon.