METTLER TOLEDO’s LabX Software Enhances Manufacturing Processes

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SOLIDpower, a relatively young company with Italian and Swiss operations, was struggling to manually record and calculate the weighing results of a precise, layer-by-layer application of catalyst to its revolutionary fuel cells. A METTLER TOLEDO precision balance coupled with LabX® software proved to be the perfect solution for their recordkeeping headache.

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Today, a METTLER TOLEDO precision balance combined with LabX® laboratory software is automatically recording the before-and-after weight values against unique sample IDs.

Solid oxide fuel cells are electrochemical devices that convert the chemical energy present in a gaseous fuel to electrical power in a highly efficient process. To fuel its own generation process and ensure optimum product performance, Italy-based solid oxide fuel cell manufacturer SOLIDpower turned to METTLER TOLEDO.

SOLIDpower’s manufacturing process involves applying anode and cathode layers to a central electrolyte layer using a proprietary metallic spray, then heat-treating the result. A final layer is “screen printed” onto the cell to provide electrical contact between cells. When run, charged oxygen atoms in the air at the anode travel uni-directionally across the electrolyte to react with hydrogen in the fuel gas creating water and free electrons. Stacks of these cells generating free electrons as usable power can produce a unit that operates everyday applications.

To ensure optimum performance, in-process fuel cells are weighed before and after application of each layer of metallic spray to quantify the addition of the correct material amount. In doing so, calculations were being performed and recorded by hand, leaving room for error.

Today, a METTLER TOLEDO precision balance combined with LabX® laboratory software is automatically recording the before-and-after weight values against unique sample IDs. All calculations are performed and results recorded automatically, eliminating manual transcription and assuring traceability.

METTLER TOLEDO is proud to be enabling SOLIDpower’s vision of reducing global emissions and other harmful particulates by use of its innovative fuel cells.
Learn more about SOLIDpower.

Learn more about METTLER TOLEDO XPE precision balances and how they can combine with LabX® laboratory software to enhance manufacturing processes.

About METTLER TOLEDO
METTLER TOLEDO is a leading global manufacturer of precision instruments. The Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of weighing instruments for use in laboratory, industrial and food retailing applications. The Company also holds top-three market positions for several related analytical instruments and is a leading provider of automated chemistry systems used in drug and chemical compound discovery and development. In addition, the Company is the world’s largest manufacturer and marketer of metal detection systems used in production and packaging. Additional information about METTLER TOLEDO can be found at http://www.mt.com.

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