Assembly and Quality Control
Every GL Batteries member is committed to production of the highest quality battery packs available. As seen elsewhere in this section, much of this quality assurance stems from our exclusive usage of only the best cells, plastic and other components. The other half of the quality equation lies in the assembly process, and the quality control inspection performed on finished battery packs prior to shipment.
GL Batteries is an ISO 9001:2000 certified manufacturer- meaning that we have implemented an effective quality management system that satisfies all of the requirements of the ISO 9001:2000 standard. Our assembly facility is inspected by an external expert on a regular basis to ensure that we are maintaining the requirements of the standard. In other words, production of a high quality battery pack is not a hit-and-miss affair. Checkable systems that ensure consistent delivery of the highest possible quality product are built-in across the organization, and determine every procedure from raw materials checking, through every stage of assembly and final inspection of the finished product.
The GL Batteries finished goods quality inspection is the most rigorous in the industry. We donít just randomly test 5%, 10% or even 20% of battery packs; fully 100% of finished batteries are extensively checked prior to shipment. This inspection includes:
-circuit test; the battery is fitted to a custom-built QC fixture to ensure that power is flowing correctly throughout all parts of the circuit. Every internal electronic component is individually voltmeter tested to ensure it is performing to specification.
-fitting and power-up test; the battery is put onto its related radio or scanner to ensure that it fits perfectly, and that the device will turn on and operate correctly.
-charger test; the whole device, with battery still fitted, is inserted onto the original equipment manufacturer charger and left sufficiently long to ascertain that battery charging is proceeding correctly.
-drop test; a fixed percentage of battery packs from every production batch are dropped at all angles from about 2m onto a hard surface, then inspected for external breakage or loss of function on radio/scanner or charger. Any design flaws which may allow correct function to be compromised by repeated severe impact are caught at this stage, and the related component and/or assembly procedure is addressed.
-external inspection; batteries are inspected prior to packaging to ensure they arrive at their destination clean and looking good. Packs are polished to remove fingerprints and other blemishes, and those with scratched plastic or metal surfaces are failed.