When receiving the specifications from the certain company, the process of development of a battery is decided into three essential parts:
- Lithium cells
- Control electronics
Lithium cells are usually purchased from an outside supplier, while the electronics are subcontracted to another company. In essence, a “battery supplier” is a simple assembler.
This presents a problem.
If special requests are made (which happens quite often) or if malfunctions occur, the user is in trouble because the company that supplied the battery does not have the necessary skills “in house”.This is a problem.
This translates to:
1. Long prototype development time
2. Poor flexibility in product customization
3. High costs, because the software is not proprietary, and any modification is a cost because it involves the use of programmers
4. Insufficient technical support and slow solutions that lead to long machine down-times