Xavis said on Friday that it has developed a new 3D CT inspection equipment for batteries.
The company used AI technology to reduce the noise and offer cleaner images, CTO Byungseok Min at a press conference during InterBattery 2023 in Munich.
Xavis is conducting sales activity for the equipment to battery cell customers and is expecting to win orders within the year, Min said.
Past X-ray inspection equipment, to take precise images, had to be run at a set time.
Xavis’ application AI reduced the time it takes for an inspection while also increasing the image resolution, the company stressed.
The equipment is also 3D so that it can change the alignment of the cathode, anode and separator as well as better check warpages.
While, fundamentally, 3D CT inspection equipment is slower than 2D X-ray ones, more companies are launching equipment that can inspect batteries within 5 seconds. Xavis is competing with SFA, Innometry, and Sec.
Demand for 3D CT inspection equipment is also expected to be in high demand due to calls for batteries to be made safer from the recent string of electric vehicle fires.
Meanwhile, Xavis has also prepared a piece of high-speed inspection equipment aimed at use for 4680 batteries, Min said.
The equipment has a speed of 50ppm and offers clear images, the CTO said. LG Energy Solution and Samsung SDI are preparing to manufacture 4680 batteries.