MIDTRONICS Advancing Battery Management

Welcome to Midtronics

Thank you for your interest in Midtronics and for visiting our website. Focused entirely on Battery Management Innovation, Midtronics is committed to using our patented technologies to satisfy our many customers. Our website is designed to offer information on Midtronics products, technologies and capabilities, and provide an opportunity for us to receive feedback to address your battery management needs.

Midtronics is a fast-growing company with an energetic, passionate and innovative leadership team. Our products are carefully crafted and easy-to-use, which provides our customers with compelling value propositions. Our impressive growth and success in worldwide transportation and stationary power markets is rooted in entrepreneurial spirit and the hard work and dedication of all associates. Midtronics people are expected to uphold the principles of personal integrity, responsiveness and professional excellence, each of which has made us so successful.

We pride ourselves in the quality of our products and services, the depth of our research, and the strength of our engineering and product development capabilities. Our highly motivated management and technical staff are dedicated to profitable growth by meeting and exceeding the expectations of our diverse global customers.

I hope you find this web site informative and give us the opportunity to satisfy your needs.

Sincerely,

Steve McShane
President, C.E.O.

 

Transforming the Industry in Ways that Challenge Expectations

Every day, battery power becomes more crucial to businesses, to infrastructure, to our daily lives. That’s why Midtronics believes in better battery management. We’ve built our global business on helping customers manage their vital battery resources reliably and efficiently.

Customers count on Midtronics to apply our extensive technical expertise and deliver customized battery management solutions to:

  • Reduce risk
  • Improve reliability
  • Minimize downtime
  • Maximize return on investment
 

Serving the Transportation and Stationary Power Markets

Industry-leading companies in the Transportation and Stationary Power markets turn to us because we’re committed to the continuous improvement of our products and services to make them:

  • More accurate
  • More reliable
  • Easier to use

With battery technology and customer needs constantly advancing, Midtronics continues to dedicate our experience, expertise and technical talent to advancing battery management. Midtronics introduced modern battery testing technology and we have the dedicated drive and unique know-how to innovate for the future.

 

Advancing Battery Management

The Midtronics tradition of industry-leading innovation continues, building on 30 years of collective knowledge in battery management. Every day, we’re applying that knowledge to make valuable improvements in battery and electrical service, warranty management, preventative maintenance, customer service and more.

Here’s the history of battery management advancements at Midtronics:

1984
Midtronics founded by Steve McShane
1986
Introduced PowerSensor line of conductance testers for SLI batteries
1989
Introduced first battery tester designed for stationary batteries
1990
Established Midtronics b.v. European headquarters in The Netherlands
1992
PowerSensor OC612A – first conductance tester able to test discharged batteries before charging
1994
First OEM essential tool – Ford USA PowerSensor Plus
1996
PowerSensor Plus – the first conductance tester with automatic state of charge compensation for testing discharged batteries
1996
Micro390 – essential tool order from Ford Europe – invention of the warranty test code
1996
Micro400 – first digital battery conductance analyzer
1998
Introduced MicroCelltron Stationary Power Analyzer in partnership with British Telecom – first stationary power product required for battery testing across the entire BT network
1998
Micro500 – first hand-held battery and electrical system analyzer, including no amps required electrical testing
1999
PowerLogic – first diagnostic charger for aftermarket retail use in partnership with Johnson Controls, Inc.
2001
GR-1 – first diagnostic charger platform for service garage applications
2002
FGuard battery created in partnership with Furukawa batteries of Japan – first built-in conductance tester for an automotive battery
2002
ED-18 Early Detection Analyzer released in partnership with Interstate Battery Systems of America – first battery preventative maintenance tool
2003
Midtronics Celltron Advanced Analyzer introduced, making effective analysis of large format telecom batteries quick and easy
2003
Established Midtronics China, with headquarters in Shenzhen
2004
Enhanced conductance technology developed and released in the Celltron Ultra, the first highly noise immune battery analyzer for UPS application testing
2005
EXP-1000 Expandable Electrical Diagnostic platform – innovations include dynamic conductance technology with deep scan, DSP alternator diagnostics, and conductance cable drop technology
2006
GR8 Battery and Electrical Diagnostic Station – first created in partnership with Toyota USA; Now an essential service tool at nearly every North American automotive dealership
2007
Entered the automated remote monitoring market with the first in its class CellGuard wireless battery monitoring system
2008
Celltraq Enterprise Battery Asset Management System becomes the first monitoring/portable testing integrated data management tool for large battery deployments
2009
First multi-frequency analyzer, the Celltron Max, introduced to stationary power operators as a tool for managing reserve batteries as well as generator starting batteries
2010
HYB Hybrid Battery System Analyzer – First battery tester for Hybrid vehicles
2010
ED-18V3 launched in partnership with Interstate Battery System of America; First use of cellular communications technology in a hand-held electrical system analyzer
2010
Acquired the assets of Lynai Data Inc. and its BatteryNet and FacilityWare products, pioneering service offerings in the battery data/field operations automation area
2010
GRX-5000 EV Battery Module Diagnostic Station – First essential tool for an EV OEM, enabling cost-effective, module-level service on Nissan Leaf battery packs
2010
Introduced Midtronics Battery Management Information System (BMIS), a customizable, web-based service that provides a centralized collection of battery and electrical testing data, data analysis, web-based reports, and automatic software updates for test equipment in the field
2012
GRX-5100 Hybrid/EV Battery Service Tool – First high-voltage Hybrid/EV vehicle battery service and
de-power tool for various hybrid and electric vehicles
2013
As leaders in the growing stationary power industry, Midtronics and C&D Technologies agreed to jointly pursue new opportunities in battery monitoring and other battery diagnostic technologies
2013
Introduced the CELLTRON Advantage, a new portable battery analysis system that is the first in the stationary power industry to provide user-customizable features
2013
Introduced the DSS-7000 Battery Diagnostic Service System featuring advanced diagnostics, VIN-driven testing, full BMIS integration, and automated service applications via touch-screen tablet controller
2014
Midtronics named Chicago's "most innovative company" by Crain's Chicago Business
 

Innovative Technologies

Midtronics is founded on innovation and technical expertise. The company's nearly 30-year history has resulted in a significant portfolio of patents and other intellectual property that are at the heart of new products and technologies for effective battery management. Further, the Midtronics engineering staff continually seeks to expand the technology related to battery testing and charging. This continued creativity and diligence in creating and improving our core technology will help to maintain our leadership position in battery testing. Following is our list of U.S. patents. Many of these are also covered in patents and patent applications globally.

3,873,911
Electronic battery testing device
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

3,909,708
Electronic battery testing device
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

4,322,685
Automatic battery analyzer including apparatus for determining presence of single bad cell
Inventors: Charles E. Frailing, Thomas Dougherty, Richard Johnson

4,816,768
Electronic battery testing device
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

4,825,170
Electronic battery testing device with automatic voltage scaling
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

4,881,038
Electronic battery testing device with automotive voltage scaling to determine dynamic conductance
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

4,912,416
Electronic battery testing device with state-of-charge compensation
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

5,140,269
Electronic tester for assessing battery / cell capacity
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

5,343,380
Method and apparatus for suppressing time-varying signals in batteries undergoing charging or discharging
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

5,469,043
Method for optimizing the charging of lead-acid batteries and an interactive charger
Inventors: Jing-Yih Cherng, James K. Klang

5,572,136
Electronic battery testing device
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

5,574,355
Method and apparatus for detection and control of thermal runaway in a battery under charged
Inventors: Stephen J.McShane, Mark Hlavac, Kevin I. Bertness

5,583,416
Apparatus and method for step-charging batteries to optimize charge acceptance
Inventor: James K. Klang

5,585,728
Electronic battery tester with automatic compensation for low state-of-charge
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

5,589,757
Apparatus and method for step-charging batteries to optimize charge acceptance
Inventor: James K. Klang

5,592,093
Electronic battery testing device loose terminal connection detection via a comparison circuit
Inventor: August G. Klingbiel

5,598,098
Electronic battery tester with very high noise immunity
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

5,656,920
Method and apparatus for charging a lead-acid battery
Inventors: Jing-Yih Cherng, James K. Klang

5,757,192
Method and apparatus for detecting a bad cell in a storage battery
Inventors: Stephen J. McShane, Kevin I. Bertness

5,821,756
Electronic battery tester with tailored compensation for low state-of-charge
Inventors: Stephen J. McShane, Kevin I. Bertness, Keith S. Champlin

5,831,435
Battery tester for JIS standard
Inventor: Michael E. Troy

5,871,858
Anti-theft battery
Inventors: Jes Thomsen, Tore Rehnberg

5,914,605
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

5,945,829
Midpoint battery monitoring
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,002,238
Method and apparatus for measuring complex impedance of cells and batteries
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,037,751
Method and apparatus for charging batteries
Inventor: James K. Klang

6,037,777
Method and apparatus for determining battery properties from complex impedance / admittance
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,051,976
Method and apparatus for auditing a battery test
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,081,098
Method and apparatus for charging a battery
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane

6,091,245
Method and apparatus for auditing a battery test
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,104,167
Method and apparatus for charging a battery
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane

6,137,269
Method and apparatus for electronically evaluating the internal temperature of an electrochemical cell or battery
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,163,156
Electrical connection for electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,172,483
Method and apparatus for measuring complex impedance of cells and batteries
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,172,505
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,222,369
Method and apparatus for determining battery properties from complex impedance / immittance
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,225,808
Test counter for electronic battery tester
Inventors: Philip Varghese, Michael Cable, Michael E. Troy, David Lewis

6,249,124
Electronic battery tester with internal battery
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,259,254
Apparatus and method for carrying out diagnostic tests on batteries and for rapidly charging batteries
Inventor: James K. Klang

6,262,563
Method and apparatus for measuring complex immittance of cells and batteries
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,294,896
Method and apparatus for measuring complex self-immittance of a general electrical element
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,294,897
Method and apparatus for electronically evaluating the internal temperature of an electrochemical cell or battery
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,304,087
Apparatus for calibrating electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,310,481
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,313,607
Method and apparatus for evaluating stored charge in an electrochemical cell or battery
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,313,608
Method and apparatus for charging a battery
Inventors: Phillip Varghese, Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane

6,316,914
Testing parallel strings of storage batteries
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,323,650 B1
Electronic battery tester
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Jamey L. Butteris

6,329,793
Method and apparatus for charging a battery
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane

6,331,762
Energy management system for automotive vehicle
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,332,113
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,351,102
Automotive battery charging system tester
Inventor: Michael E. Troy

6,359,441
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,363,303
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,377,031
Intelligent switch for power management
Inventors: Samy Karuppana, Aly Jetha, Jes Thomsen

6,392,414
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,417,669
Suppressing interference in AC measurements of cells, batteries and other electrochemical measurements
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,424,158
Apparatus and method for carrying out diagnostic tests on batteries and for rapidly charging batteries
Inventor: James K. Klang

6,437,957
System and method for providing surge, short and reverse polarity connection protection
Inventors: Samy Karuppana, Aly Jetha, Jes Thomsen

6,441,585
Apparatus and method for testing rechargeable energy storage batteries
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,445,158
Vehicle electrical system tester with encoded output
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Michael E. Troy

6,456,045
Integrated conductance and load test based electronic battery tester
Inventors: Michael E. Troy, Kevin I. Bertness

6,465,908
Intelligent power management system & head lamp life extender with daytime running light control
Inventors: Samy Karuppana, Aly Jetha, Jes Thomsen

6,466,025
Alternator tester
Inventor: James K. Klang

6,466,026
Programmable current exciter for measuring AC immittance of cells and batteries
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,469,511
Battery clamp with embedded environment sensor
Inventors: David J. Vonderhaar, Kevin I. Bertness

6,495,990
Method and apparatus for evaluating stored charge in an electrochemical cell or battery
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,497,209
System and method for protecting a cranking subsystem
Inventors: Samy Karuppana, Aly Jetha, Jes Thomsen

6,507,196
Battery charge indicator
Inventors: Jes Thomsen, Tore Rehnberg

6,534,993
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,544,078
Battery clamp with integrated current sensor
Inventors: A.J. Palmisano, Kevin I. Bertness

6,556,019
Electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,566,883
Electronic battery tester
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, David J. Vonderhaar

6,586,941
Battery tester with databus
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Stephen J. McShane

6,597,150
Method of distributing jump start booster packs
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Ronald J. Ortiz

6,621,272
Programmable current exciter for measuring AC immittance of cells and batteries
Inventor: Keith S. Champlin

6,621,314
Kelvin clamp for electrically coupling to a battery contact
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Jamey L. Butteris, Daniel C. Cox

6,633,165
In-vehicle battery monitor
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,635,974
Self-learning power management system and method
Inventors: Aly Jetha, Samy Karuppana, Jes Thomsen

6,696,819
Battery charge control device
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,707,303
Electronic battery tester
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Jamey L. Butteris

6,871,151
Electronic battery tester with network communication
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,885,195
Method and apparatus for auditing a bettery test
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,906,522
Battery tester with battery replacement output
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, William G. Sampson

6,906,523
Method and apparatus for testing cells and batteries embedded in series / parallel systems
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Keith S. Champlin

6,909,287
Energy management system for automotive vehicle
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,913,483
Cable for electronic battery tester
Inventors: Harvey A. Restaino, Edward J. Amato

6,914,413
Alternator tester with encoded output
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Michael E. Troy

6,930,485
Electronic battery tester with battery failure temperature determination
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,933,727
Electronic battery tester cable
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

6,941,234
Query-based electronic battery tester
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

7,081,755
Battery tester capable of predicting a discharge voltage/discharge current of a battery
Inventors: James K. Klang, Gregory P. Fang

7,106,070
Broadband low-conductance cables for making kelvin connections to electrochemical cells and batteries
Inventors: Kevin I. Bertness, Keith S. Champlin

7,154,276
Method and apparatus for measuring a parameter of a vehicle electrical system
Inventor: Kevin I. Bertness

 

Core Values

Passionate Pursuit of Knowledge

Since the days when we pioneered groundbreaking conductance testing technology, Midtronics has been passionate about creating better battery management solutions. Today, we remain singularly focused on this industry, working hard to extend the functionality and applications of our trusted technology through research, innovation and close relationships with customers. We currently hold numerous patents in battery management technology, and will continue our pursuit of new technologies and capabilities to drive continual improvements for our customers.

Personal Commitment to Excellence

Midtronics is a fast-growing company with an energetic, passionate and innovative leadership team. Our continuing growth in worldwide transportation and stationary power markets is rooted in entrepreneurial spirit and the hard work and dedication of all Midtronics associates. Together, we uphold the principles of personal integrity, responsiveness and professional excellence. The results include the high quality of our products and services, the depth of our research, and the strength of our engineering and product development capabilities—all part of our commitment to exceeding the expectations of our diverse global customers.

 

Midtronics ISO 9001: 2008 Certification

Quality Management. Continuous Improvement.

Midtronics is committed to providing our customers with innovative, cost-effective and reliable products and services that meet or exceed their requirements and are delivered on time.

The purpose of the Midtronics quality management system is to continually improve our processes with the goal of providing products and services that our customers will regard as the best quality in our industry. We began formalizing these processes in 1997 to align with the ISO-9001:1994 standard and achieved our first quality certificate for this standard through DNV Certification. In 1999, we added QS-9000:1998.

Our current quality management system is based on ISO-9001:2008, and our team utilizes aspects of TQM, Cost of Quality, Lean, and other quality management tools to advance continuous improvement.

Midtronics US ISO 9001:2008 Certificate
Midtronics EU ISO 9001:2008 Certificate