(Watertown, CT) – A local manufacturer’s solution to combatting lethal battery fires is set to shine at the largest industry event in North America. Packaging and Crating Technologies (PACT®) in Watertown, Conn. will present its extensive, patented, fire-suppressant product line at the Battery Show in Novi, Michigan from September 12-14, 2023. The annual convention brings together engineers, business leaders, top-industry companies, and innovative thinkers to discover ground-breaking products and create powerful solutions for the future.
“We look forward to showcasing our products at the only gathering geared toward both the battery and EV tech communities,” said Rodger Mort, President of PACT®, LLC. “We are uniquely positioned to address the hot topics of how to safely transport and recycle lithium batteries that are used to power e-bikes, scooters and hand-held electronics.”
Mort notes that more than 15,000 attendees will learn about PACT® Thermo ShieldTM, a lightweight, paper material with a moisture vapor application that prevents thermal runaway, a phenomenon in which the lithium-ion cell enters an uncontrollable, self-heating state caused by extremely high temperatures, shaking or puncturing. If this occurs, the protective PACT® Thermo ShieldTM wrap immediately cools the internal environment of the package, while limiting oxygen around the payload.
“It’s extremely difficult for firefighters to extinguish lithium-ion battery flames, so the fires usually have to smolder out on their own after many hours, emitting lethal fumes and gases,” he adds. “This makes our product’s ability to contain both the fire and residual smoke within the protective wrap even more crucial.”
Mort further elaborates that besides hand-held devices, like cell phones, Bluetooth headsets and headphones, computer accessories, digital cameras, e-readers, game controllers, laptops, tablets, smartwatches and smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors, the most recent and prevalent items containing lithium-ion batteries that have become fire hazards are electric bikes, scooters, hoverboards, unicycles and electric cars.
To address this escalating issue, PACT® offers the PACT® Thermo Shield TR SleeveTM for E-mobility batteries. Its specially-coated, fire-suppressant paper is wrapped around each battery cell to mitigate thermal runaway between them, thus serving as a heat and flame barrier.
Mort notes that PACT® Thermo Shield TM also provides an eco-friendly way to ship or transport products safely to a battery recycler. The company recently unveiled a smaller product, the TR Envelope, to safely transport and store recyclable smaller devices such as cell phones, pagers, smartwatches and A-D batteries.
Additionally, the company will debut its newest defense against deadly lithium-ion battery fires: the PACT Lion-X fire extinguisher, a pre-mixed, water-based solution that quenches lithium-ion fires upwards of 1,600 F degrees within 30 seconds, while eliminating the release of toxic gases into the environment. When sprayed from an automatic or manual nozzle, PACT Lion-X sticks to 3-D shapes, overhead and vertical surfaces, and easily penetrates into small crevices. Further, the solution is designed to be used without personal protective equipment (PPE) and its powder-like residue is safe to wash and flush into sewers.
PACT® also provides businesses, property managers, and anyone interested in recycling large quantities of batteries with secure battery recycling containers.
For more information about PACT® and its innovative product line or to see a live demo, visit: https://www.pactthermoshield.com/.
ABOUT PACT®, LLC
PACT®, LLC is a global leader in manufacturing sustainable, packaging products for the commercial, industrial and military industries. With more than 25 years of experience, the family business was founded by three green packaging professionals and continues to embrace a green future by designing cost-effective, patented, crating solutions like LiftVans and PleatWrap, as well as custom packaging for the aerospace, medical, electronics, tooling, machinery, furniture, fine art and automotive sectors. The company’s newest innovation is PACT® Thermo Shield TM, a sustainable, paper-based packaging material that suppresses and controls lithium-ion battery fires by mitigating thermal runaway.
The company is a member of the Commercial Relocation Network, the Council on Safe Transportation of Hazardous Materials and the International Association of Movers. It is also a preferred vendor for the US Department of Defense and has been awarded a special permit from the US Department of Transportation for the shipping of lithium-ion batteries, as well as passed the proposed SAE-G-27 test standard. For a full list PACT®’s sustainable packaging solutions, visit www.pactww.com.
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