Energy consumption, battery life, process efficiency: the operating costs associated with charging traction batteries have many facets. Here at Fronius, we help you take the holistic approach to optimising all these factors, based on an ingenious strategy and the responsible use of all resources. Find out here how you too can lastingly reduce your total costs with Fronius.
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Lowering energy costs
Reducing energy costs is a top priority for many companies, be it to reach company-wide benchmark values concerning the efficiency of a site, to ensure that operating costs remain constant even when turnover is higher and electricity prices are increasing, or due to incentives offered by energy suppliers, such as attractive tariffs for clients using energy sparingly.
Prolonging battery life
The bigger the battery, the bigger the investment: the traction battery is a significant cost factor when purchasing a forklift truck system. However, the service life of the battery is crucial for the cost-effectiveness of the overall three-part system (forklift truck, battery and charging technology).
Simplifying battery handling
Even utilisation of the battery pool extends the useful life of each individual battery. Yet in many cases the reality is often somewhat different: employees frequently select the wrong battery, either for convenience or because the state of charge is not visible or is difficult find out.
Optimising processes and preventing operating faults
Christmas trade, harvest time and production peaks: seasonal fluctuations in the intralogistics load occur across all industries, and traction batteries for forklift trucks have to cope with varying levels of demand as a result.
Accounting for special conditions
Dust, dirt and moisture, a poor quality or inconsistent grid, long periods of use and little to no breaks: there are many factors that can make the life of a battery charging system difficult.
Becoming “independent” of the public grid
Power failures are always a possibility in production and logistics operations, and in many countries they are even part of day-to-day life. They pose particular challenges for battery charging technology, as the charging process is interrupted and then starts from the beginning as soon as current is flowing again.
At your side for the MOST IMPORTANT industry trends
In a dynamic business such as intralogistics, it is always important to be aware of the latest industry trends. New technologies, laws and standards are changing markets and posing huge challenges for those in charge. Here you will find out how Fronius, your professional partner, helps users find the answers to their questions about all the industry trends.
Sustainable battery charging systems for “green logistics”
Sustainability is playing an increasingly important role in intralogistics. Customers and business partners are seeking ever more precise information about their CO2 footprint along the entire supply chain, with large companies even demanding that their suppliers take specific measures to reduce emissions.
Internal combustion versus electric
Compared to alternatives with internal combustion engines, electrically-powered forklift trucks offer a whole host of benefits. They can be flexibly used both indoors and outdoors, are extremely low maintenance and reduce noise pollution considerably.
The digitalisation trend: proper data recording and analysis
Digitalisation is also on the rise in the intralogistics industry and providing operators with completely new opportunities: device and process data can be easily stored and analysed in order to optimise the entire supply chain.
Heavy-duty electric stackers
Even suppliers of large forklift trucks with load capacities of 8 to 16 tonnes are increasingly opting for electric drives. In order to move heavy loads reliably, extremely large traction batteries with a voltage of 80 volts and capacities of 1,000 ampere hours and above are used.
Rental trend: rental fleet
The motto “use rather than buy” is becoming the industry trend in intralogistics. It has been a long while since purchasing was the only option available for obtaining electrically-powered forklift trucks.
Energy efficiency law
Energy efficiency is currently a hot topic in the corridors of power. Over recent years, a number of different agreements, directives and laws have all come into force with a single goal: to generate and consume energy efficiently and sustainably in order to help protect the environment.
Battery charging technology and photovoltaics from a single source
The production of solar energy for self-consumption is becoming more and more attractive to industrial enterprises and logistics companies. In addition, many businesses are striving for increased energy independence to compensate for ever increasing electricity prices.
Your partner for safe charging processes
In all charging processes, safety is a priority for people, the environment and the technology. A reliable and standards-compliant battery charging technology helps you avoid accidents, damage and downtime, as well as protecting you against expensive liability claims. We are experienced expert users when it comes to charging traction batteries and we make your intralogistics processes as safe as humanly possible. Find out here how we do this.
Standards-compliant charging installations
Charging stations and rooms must comply with numerous standards and regulations: a dry, frost-free and cool environment is equally as important as sufficient ventilation and fire and explosion protection measures.
When charging lead batteries such as traction batteries for forklift trucks, gas forms as the result of chemical reactions: the water inside the battery is electrolysed into hydrogen and oxygen.
We rely on innovative technologies
Alternative energy sources are a global trend – and not just in the automotive industry. New drive systems such as lithium-ion batteries are on the rise in forklift trucks as well and are increasingly providing competition for the classic lead battery. As a pioneer and the innovation leader, Fronius is a key player in the development of forward-looking solutions for intralogistics. With our assistance, you too are guaranteed to find the best and most cost-effective technology for your application.
Unique Ri charging process for lead batteries
With the Ri charging process, Fronius is offering the best technology for charging lead-acid traction batteries available on the global market. Unlike other processes, this process does not follow a fixed characteristic, but adapts to the requirements of each individual battery.
The role of lithium-ion technology (Li-ion) in intralogistics is becoming increasingly important – with good reason: lithium-ion batteries are lightweight, have a long service life, are maintenance-free, extremely energy-efficient and have an impressive charging time of just a few minutes.