The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) is one of the most demanding and important operations imaginable: Supplying the U.S. military with mission-critical supplies that keep operations smooth. Their distribution centers worldwide ship over 2,000 tons of goods daily to every corner of the globe, and with a demand like that there’s no such thing as downtime.
Excerpt from our latest press published in DC Velocity:
"Two product categories that haven't changed much in the last 10 years—batteries and chargers for lift trucks and mobile devices—are undergoing a transformation.
If you've been operating under the assumption that the batteries and chargers you will use to power your forklifts and mobile devices a few years from now will be pretty much the same as the ones you've used for the past decade, you'd better sit down. We have news for you: This normally staid product category is on the verge of a revolution.
Advances in technology are fostering a wave of innovation in chargers and batteries—both very large ones, such as those for electric lift trucks, and very small ones for mobile devices like bar-code scanners, RFID readers, and printers. There's a lot going on, and we can't cover every recent development in this short article. But we can offer a few examples of the capabilities that are turning old-school equipment into 21st century tools. Here are five that bear watching:
GREENVILLE, N.C. (July 18, 2016) – Industrial forklift batteries are an expensive investment. Although they eventually need replacement even in ideal conditions, deep discharge, overcharging, undercharging and poor maintenance practices can contribute to premature failure. Yale Battery Vision is a new battery management solution that provides valuable insights to improve battery care and life.
UNDERSTANDING BATTERY HEALTH
With more than 18,000 charging stations delivered, PosiCharge systems have a proven track record of prolonging battery life. We have many examples of customer batteries that have been in service for more than five years in a fast charge application, as well as heavy-duty auto manufacturing customers whose fast-charged batteries have retained 92% of their rated capacity after three hardworking years.
Being a leader in fast charging, as well as power cycling and test equipment, we understand what it takes to maintain the health of your batteries and extend their life. Some of these include: weekly EQ, weekly watering, minimal over-discharge, preventing overheating, and a proper charging algorithm.
Video demonstrating how Posicharge Fast Charging Systems increase productivity and eliminate the need for a battery room.
With Posicharge fast charging systems, batteries are charged at a much higher rate (40+A / 100Ahrs) at regular intervals throughout the day (including breaks, lunches, and shift changes), without ever leaving the vehicle.
MONROVIA, Calif., Sept. 18, 2007 -- AeroVironment, Inc. (AV) (NASDAQ: AVAV), a leader in unmanned aircraft systems and efficient electric energy systems, has been granted a patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a battery charging innovation that enables simultaneous or parallel charging of multiple batteries. The USPTO awarded AV patent No. 7,256,516 titled, "Battery charging system and method," on August 14.
Filed in 2003, the new patent expands upon AV's intellectual property portfolio in the area of battery charging technology. The patented technology enables AV's customers to overcome limitations associated with traditional sequential charging technologies. Using proprietary power management controllers and intelligent algorithms, the technology distributes electrical power based on the unique power needs of each battery to support industrial and on-road electric vehicle applications. The technology results in reduced charging times, minimizes the need for electrical infrastructure at customer sites, and supports increased operating productivity.
DETROIT & MONROVIA, Calif.--April 5, 2006--PosiCharge®, an AeroVironment, Inc. business (www.avinc.com), has won two awards at the 2006 Automotive News PACE Awards. The 12th Annual PACE (Premier Automotive Suppliers' Contribution to Excellence) Awards held in Detroit, Mich. April 3 honored innovators in the automotive supply chain.
Automotive News recognized PosiCharge with the PACE Award in the Manufacturing Process and Capital Equipment category for its intelligent fast charge systems. PosiCharge systems allow users to eliminate their battery rooms by rapidly charging each battery in the vehicle during scheduled breaks, so the battery never leaves the vehicle. Without battery changing, operations are cleaner, safer, and streamlined for maximum productivity.
The ongoing testing is managed by Motive Energy, a California-based Deka battery distributor and performed on a battery powered solely by PosiCharge® fast chargers. The battery has been in service for nearly two years.
The 36V 1000Ah battery has been working two shifts a day in a heavy-use reach truck, both in the dry and cold areas of one of SYSCO Food Services' state-of-the-art operating companies located in Las Vegas. The test shows that the battery has retained 106 percent of its rated capacity. In a recent letter, Steve Carter, sales manager of Motive Energy, stated that SYSCO Food Services "should expect five to six years of total life from the battery."