Peter Denoncourt of SAFT highlights the features of the new Tel.X battery manufactured at the Valdosta plant.
The cleanliness of the plant is a necessity to ensure that the product lines are manufactured in a safe but productive environment, said plant manager Peter Denoncourt.
The new line of batteries will be sold to telecommunications companies worldwide and used to ensure that even if your electricity goes out, your telephone will continue to work.
The batteries are housed in hubs located unobtrusively around neighborhoods and business clusters, and Denoncourt
said the nickel-cadmium-powered batteries from Saft
cost more than lead acid batteries, they also last much longer.
"We have a 10-year guarantee on our batteries, but it's not unusual for them to last 20 or even 30 years.
Lead acid batteries cost less, but they also only last for two to three years, making our batteries also better for the environment," Denoncourt
The Tel.X battery line is a new technology, Denoncourt
said, and will ultimately replace its counterpart telecom battery that Saft
also still manufactures.
The batteries are built cell by cell in a largely automated process, which features robotic machines capable of moving faster than the human eye can detect.
Each machine has a human counterpart to ensure that the process runs smoothly and to detect any faults in the components as they are made.
Company officials led a plant tour for local officials, including members of the Industrial Authority
and the Chamber of Commerce, prior to a ribbon-cutting ceremony, featuring the general manager of the Industrial Battery Division from the French headquarters.
Xavier Delacroix thanked the community for its support of Saft
over the years, and for a great working relationship as Denoncourt
cut the ribbon signifying that the first Tel.X batteries are ready for shipment to customers.