On-demand charging for AGVs
12 December 2012
Hawker XFC batteries from EnerSys are being used in a project with automated guided vehicles (AGVs) manufactured by JBT Corporation for handling print reels and other loads. The batteries feature a compact size/shape
The batteries feature a 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 AGVs and delivered round-the-clock operation.
Each XFC battery is approximately 30% smaller than comparable conventional units and can be placed in any orientation, including upright, on its side or on its end because the dry gel electrolyte will not leak.
The XFC battery stores around 30% more charge than conventional units and can be charged from around 60% discharge to full capacity in under three hours when used with a Hawker Lifetech high frequency charger. The battery is also said to be no-gassing and maintenance-free.
Another critical consideration in the choice of the Hawker XFC battery was its performance in use.
The AGVs are designed for almost continuous operations and battery changing or swapping - which is sometimes used on AGVs - was not preferred by the customer. The XFC battery delivers maximum performance because it stores around 30 per cent more charge than conventional units which extends the amount of time the AGV can operate before recharging.