Charging plan implemented
12 December 2012
An advanced battery management system from EnerSys that manages change and charge operations for warehouse truck batteries has been installed by Ventura Network Distribution at its distribution centre at Wath on Dearne.
The installation is designed to optimise the performance of Ventura's warehouse truck fleet over the entire five year contract, minimise energy consumption and provide the company with flexibility to adapt its operations in line with business requirements.
"We are looking for good performance from the batteries and warehouse trucks through to year five of the contract," says Harry Dooley, group MHE manager for Ventura Network Distribution.
"The EnerSys battery management system will allow us to manage the batteries over the whole lifetime and help us reduce overall costs and power consumption." The lift truck supplier worked with Ventura and EnerSys to agree the final specification for the battery management system. Unlike smaller warehouses, which tend to have a single battery installation, it was decided to have separate charge and change areas located throughout the warehouse close to where specific types of truck are operating.
The battery area for the 40 order picking trucks, for example, is on the mezzanine floor of the main picking and order assembly warehouse. The precise position was finalised during the warehouse planning phase to take into account the pick paths and one way system employed in the area. It is against a wall and close to one of the ventilation points for convenience.