For long battery life
The high-quality Fronius battery charging systems with "Active Inverter Technology" for the charging of traction batteries offer many invaluable benefits. They can considerably extend battery service life, as proved by an impressive example from leading European toy distributor VEDES in Nuremberg.
The VEDES group with its company headquarter in Nürnberg employs around 210 people at its site. From their 24,000 m² central warehouse, which contains around 20,000 items, the company supplies approximately 1,100 affiliated toy retailers.
Numerous manually controlled ground conveyors are in operation at the VEDES central warehouse: two front loaders, nine reach trucks, two high-lift pallet trucks, 21 low-lift pallet trucks and a pedestrian pallet stacker. These are used for transporting and picking in situations where the load weight does not normally exceed 75 kg/m³. VEDES has purchased the equipment rather than lease it. The central warehouse operates a single-shift pattern from Monday to Friday, sometimes for 10 hours per day. As a result, the toy supplier does not require replacement batteries.
Most of the ground conveyors are electrically-powered Linde and Jungheinrich models, so optimal energy management is important for VEDES. "When we need new stackers or warehouse equipment, we buy the vehicles from the manufacturer with batteries, specifying that the battery charging systems must come from Fronius," explains Rainer Wild, logistics manager and one of the authorised signatories at VEDES Großhandel GmbH. He goes on to stress that "this is because the vehicle suppliers don't always offer us the optimal three-component system consisting of vehicle, traction battery and battery charger. We exclusively use Fronius battery charging systems for charging the traction batteries, as we have had nothing but good experiences with them for more than 10 years now.
Twice the battery service life thanks to Fronius
The vehicles are not heavily loaded due to the relatively low load levels. Batteries with 48 V/625 Ah are installed in the stackers and batteries with 24 V/465 Ah in the picking devices. "It's the norm, not the exception, for these batteries to last 10 years and more", emphasises Rüdiger Sterl. He is responsible for logistics projects at VEDES Großhandel GmbH and is familiar with batteries and battery charging technology, as he worked for a manufacturer of battery chargers before moving to VEDES.
More Details to the application report about VEDES can be found via the following link: Press release about VEDES