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.