Hioki develops multichannel switches to facilitate measurement of multiple batteries

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Electrical measurement instruments developer Hioki has launched the Switch Mainframe SW1001/SW1002 and Multiplexer Module SW9001/SW9002 multichannel switches designed to facilitate measurement of multiple batteries by switching among them.

According to Hioki, many of its customer have had to fabricate their own test rigs due to a lack of multiplexers designed for battery measurement. These multiplexers suffer from numerous issues, including high measured value error and tricky wiring, fueling demand for highly reliable multiplexer products from established manufacturers.

Used in combination with other Hioki products, such as the DC Voltmeter DM7276 and the Battery Impedance Meter BT4560, the new instruments can measure parameters such as open voltage and internal impedance (internal resistance) for multiple batteries.

Since the Multiplexer Module SW9001/SW9002, which is inserted into the Switch Mainframe SW1001/SW1002, features circuitry that is designed specifically for impedance measurement, the equipment is able to deliver highly reliable multichannel measurement with low measured value error.

Meanwhile, the company has opened a sales subsidiary in Taoyuan, Taiwan. With its many electronics components manufacturers, Taiwan is as an important market for Hioki. In its business strategy, Hioki outlined its goal to establish a global sales network as a top priority and last year also opened a sales subsidiary in Frankfurt, Germany.

“We are looking forward to the establishment of Hioki Taiwan in Taoyuan City, west of the capital city Taipei. Hioki first became active in the region in June 2012 with the liaison office, but in light of the continued expansion of the market and to ensure delivery of even closer services to our customers at their application sites, the next logical next step was to transition to a full-service organization,” commented Junya Tobari, MD of the new subsidiary.

“We are excited at the prospects of working hand-in-hand with our customers and furthering the penetration of the Hioki brand in the market.”

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