The Galaxy Note 7 battery incident was very unfortunate for Samsung. It could have been one of the best-selling smartphones to ever come out of the company but it met its fate at the hands of a defective battery.
After the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco, Samsung launched a thorough investigation into the matter and determined precisely what caused the batteries to explode. The company later designed a new state-of-the-art safety and quality-assurance process to ensure that something like this never happens again.
It was easier said than done. Samsung relied on thousands of experts from inside and outside the company. It also constructed new facilities and redesigned testing procedures to ensure battery safety.
Leaders of Samsung’s Battery Advisory Group recently sat with a reporter from the MIT Technology Review to open up about Samsung’s new testing process and its 8-Point Battery Safety standard. The article reveals some details that were previously only available to those who stepped onto the factory floor.
Samsung loses 3 percent of its monthly battery inventory to testing. What that means is that 3 percent of all batteries that the company receives every month are put through various tests and destroyed to ensure compliance.
Every single battery gets its own QR code which enables Samsung to gather unique information after every test so it can use that information to amend its procedures as and when required. It’s no surprise that Samsung is opening up about the changes that it has made to ensure battery safety at this point in time.
The company will unveil the Galaxy Note 8 in a couple of weeks and it certainly doesn’t want the Galaxy Note 7’s shadow to spoil the party for its new flagship smartphone.