Battery and display equipment maker SFA said on Tuesday that it will launch a new battery electrode equipment that uses laser next year.
The company acquired battery electrode equipment maker CIS in March.
SFA said it will combine CIS’ coating and dry processing technologies with its existing laser technology to innovate dry processing in battery production.
SFA was already in talks with a customer to supply the laser equipment, the company said.
A battery’s performance is determined by the electrode process, SFA said.
While there are equipment makers that apply lasers in assembly equipment no company so far has used lasers in electrode equipment, SFA claimed.
Its laser electrode equipment will combine a hybrid coater and integrated post-dry equipment.
With laser drying applied, the hybrid coater will have double the product speed of hot air drying coaters, SFA said. It will also take up 50% less space when installed, the company said.
The integrated post-dry equipment combines pressing, slitting, and drying all in one to increase speed and drying quality uniform.
SFA also touted its 3D CT inspection equipment, saying it can inspect one cell every four seconds, which is one of the fastest in the industry.
Meanwhile, the company expects its earnings to increase this year over 2022. It has already accumulated 1.1 trillion won in orders, already close to last year’s 1.12 trillion won, SFA said.