About Greatbatch, Inc.Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE: GB) provides top-quality technologies to industries that depend on reliable, long-lasting performance through its brands - Greatbatch Medical, Electrochem and QiG Group. Greatbatch Medical develops and manufactures critical medical device technologies for the cardiac, neurology, vascular and orthopaedic markets. Electrochem designs and manufactures custom battery technologies for high-end niche applications in the portable medical, energy, military and other markets. The QiG Group empowers the design and development of new medical devices for the company’s core markets. For additional information on Electrochem, visit www.electrochemsolutions.com. For additional information on Greatbatch, visit www.greatbatch.com.
Electrochem Solutions, Inc. (Electrochem), a subsidiary of Greatbatch, Inc. (NYSE:GB) today announced an award for U.S. Patent No. 8,252,441 - Spacers for Fixing Battery Cells Within a Battery Package Casing and Associated Systems and Methods (File No. CP-MP-0055). This patent was solely invented by William A. Planck, mechanical engineer for Electrochem. A key factor in achieving longevity of portable power solutions is to incorporate a battery pack design that accommodates individual component changes. This patented design provides a support system for the cells within a battery pack which allows alternate cell geometries within an existing external enclosure shape; in-turn minimizing system level changes. Additionally, the support system mechanically isolates the cells from one another to provide a more rugged construction and protection against the environmental effects of severe vibration, shock and impact; along with reducing the amount of fillers, tapes and adhesives used to secure the cells, thereby reducing material and labor costs. “With 60-plus patents granted in the Energy and Environmental industry alone, Electrochem’s long-term strategy is to develop innovative, reliable and total power solutions for markets where failure is not an option,” said George Cintra, Director of Engineering & Technology for Electrochem. “This latest patent award further supports the company’s vision to strengthen and accelerate Electrochem’s position as a world-class solutions provider in the critical markets we serve.” Electrochem provides its customers with robust power systems designed to meet the unique challenges of mission critical portable devices. This patent offers a unique solution to the challenges of long term product life-cycles and severe environmental conditions. About Electrochem Solutions, Inc. Electrochem, founded in 1979, is a world leader in the design and manufacture of customized total power solutions. A subsidiary of Greatbatch, Inc., Electrochem was born from the lithium battery invented for the implantable pacemaker by founder, Wilson Greatbatch. Today, Electrochem is known for providing safe and reliable products which are used across a range of critical applications in the portable medical, energy, military, and environmental markets.