Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Whether in Road Haulage, Freight or Logistics - All Warehouses Use Fork Lift Trucks

New Battery Charger Range Claims to Save Money
Shipping News Feature
UK – Manbat, the battery technology group, is making bold claims for its latest product which will be of interest to any freight and logistics or road haulage outfit with a warehouse and a fleet of electric fork lift trucks. The company, part of the Eco-Bat Technologies group, says its new intelligent chargers will deliver up to 84% efficiency against a conventional 50Hz forklift battery charger’s overall efficiency of roughly 56% thus significantly lowering operating costs.

Manbat, having made three key acquisitions in the past five years, says its four dedicated Industrial Division branches make it the UK’s largest independent supplier of industrial power products, and argues that conventional chargers are not only less energy efficient, but also reduce battery life, significantly raising whole-life operating costs compared to the new products. Operations Director of Manbat’s Industrial Division, Derek Anderson, comments:

“Everyone wants to save money so it’s understandable that a business might accept a specification that includes the cheapest possible battery and charger to obtain the lowest purchase price. However, this is false economy; such batteries fail quicker and deliver shorter and shorter shifts. Alongside that, inefficient chargers not only use more energy, but also serve to hasten the battery’s decline, leading to greater whole-life costs.

“However, charging technology has advanced significantly in recent years and Manbat can help customers companies gain significantly on all fronts. Our new range of intelligent charging devices is truly game-changing. Rather than outputting a defined level of current to achieve the desired voltage, they specify the correct capacity to be returned. By making the current a function of the battery’s internal resistance – which varies according to the age, state of charge, and temperature of the battery – each individual charging cycle is unique, maximising energy efficiency and extending battery life. Additionally, with more depots and service engineers than any other provider in the UK, we are able to deliver greater coverage and better customer support than anyone else.”