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About Albér

Alber is the only company today with a true, full functioning monitor that performs and monitors all of these key parameters. The company’s success is built on these capabilities, their patented technology, and an unwavering focus on customer service. A testimony to this success is their customer base, which reaches worldwide across all industries and includes the major data and financial centers, critical government facilities, telecommunications, nuclear, and utilities sites. Knowledgeable and objective problem solving has earned Alber the respect of manufacturers throughout the standby power battery industry.

For a monitor to achieve its main objectives, it must, as a minimum, monitor the following parameters:

For a monitor to achieve its main objectives, it must, as a minimum, monitor the following parameters:

  • Overall string voltage. Verify the charger has been set correctly and is operating properly.
  • Cell voltages. Verify all cells are charging correctly.
  • Ambient temperature. Verify the temperature environment is at or near optimum temperature for long life and maximum capacity.
  • Internal cell resistance. Verify the state of health by identifying high resistance / low capacity cells.
  • Intercell & Intertier resistance. Check the conduction path integrity and avoid possible fires and abrupt shutdowns.
  • Load cycles. Check the number and depth of discharges. This information is used to project battery life and settle warranty issues.
  • Real time data capture/display. Have the capability of watching how your individual cells perform during a discharge test.
Alber is committed to educating and supporting the industry. Throughout the year, they conduct noncommercial battery seminars nationwide and also sponsor BATTCON – the largest annual stationary battery conference in the world. Expert knowledge, objective problem solving, development of technology to meet specific user needs, and a standard of excellence have earned Alber respect throughout the standby battery industry.

History

Albér is the oldest and the largest manufacturer of battery test and monitoring equipment for the standby battery market. Established in 1972, the father and son team of Carl and Glenn Alber focused on designing and developing test equipment geared to meet the customer’s specific needs.

The initial product released by Alber was the digital micro-ohmmeter in 1973.

The first of its kind on the market, it was used to test everything from transformers to battery intercell connections.  The next product offering by Alber was designed to meet a new requirement in the nuclear industry.  In 1975, they introduced the battery capacity test system, the first programmable battery load test to profile the actual load of batteries.  The capacity test is recognized by both battery manufacturers and the IEEE as the only proven method to determine the battery’s actual capacity.  Today, the Alber BCT and DC load bank systems are the standard among nuclear facilities in the US.

In 1979, Alber began developing the first permanently installed 24×7 battery monitor. This monitor was primarily designed to reduce maintenance hours and replace inexperienced maintenance personnel. Since those early days, much more has been learned about why and how batteries fail, and a whole new set of battery problems has arrived with the introduction of VRLA (Valve Regulated Lead Acid) batteries. 

Batteries are the weakest link in the backup power chain and can fail abruptly and without warning. Today, it has become obvious to users that battery performance cannot be taken for granted. The cost of failures makes the cost of monitoring relatively insignificant, especially in large data center applications where even a momentary computer power glitch can result in many millions of dollars in losses.

In the early 90’s, Alber began research and development of a noninvasive, online method to test batteries. Built-in proactive testing to provide early warning of developing problems would give the user adequate time to perform corrective action. As a result of the many years of battery testing and the knowledge gained from these tests, Alber developed a State of Health method for predicting battery failures. Alber patented this innovative approach, known as DC resistance testing. This measurement, recognized by both the battery manufacturers and the IEEE, was first released in the Alber portable Cellcorder product and was later integrated into their battery monitoring products.
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