XFC batteries '30%' smaller
12 December 2012
Hawker XFC batteries from EnerSys are being used in a new project with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) manufactured by JBT Corporation for handling print reels and other loads at a commercial printing plant in Sheffield,
The Hawker XFC units were chosen by JBT Corporation because of the batteries' compact size/shape, heavy duty performance, and quick/on-demand charging, without the need for maintenance. These features enabled the batteries to be integrated into the JBT Corporation AGVs and deliver efficient, round-the-clock operation.
The shape and size of the compact Hawker XFC battery unit offered several advantages compared to other battery technologies. Each XFC battery is approximately 30 per cent smaller than comparable conventional units with the added advantage that it can be placed in any orientation, including upright, on its side or on its end because the dry gel electrolyte will not leak. These features allowed use of a compact and efficient battery pack made up of 12 smaller battery units in various orientations on three layers to make the most efficient use of the available battery compartment space and achieve the required 48V, 530A capacity needed.
Another attractive feature of the XFC battery is its maintenance-free and nogassing performance.