The Pursuit of Excellence
The advancement of technology for industrial trucks is ever changing and vital as companies are increasingly looking for ways to excel in efficiency. The continued pursuit to do things better and faster is the driving force for many. Companies must consider not only cost but must also look at the big picture of maintaining and increasing efficiency and productivity, as well as employee safety.
The traditional lead-acid battery has allowed us to perform many tasks, and at the time it was introduced to market, allowed companies to be more efficient and effective in production. However, the battery comes with many negative factors that make its use counterintuitive. Lithium-Ion batteries are forging a new path for companies, requiring little down time and increased proficiency in material handling of supply chains. The battery itself, whether it be lead-acid or lithium-ion, does not stand alone as the champion for industrial trucks, but the performance difference comes from the combined system of battery and truck. The combination of the Linde truck with lithium-ion batteries compliment the many progressive features Linde trucks hold, making these batteries the new standard in industrial trucks – focusing less on which lithium-ion battery you put in the truck, but how the truck uses that energy.
Unrivaled Energy Efficiency
Companies can decide which capacity sized battery to choose based on their intensity needs. For example, a forklift could run for a 3-shift operation with the large battery, offering extreme increases in productivity and keeping processes moving. A perfect marriage of truck and battery comes from the exclusive Linde compact drive axle, which eliminates wasteful electrical losses. Lithium-ion batteries are different in that you can more easily adjust the electric charge capacity to suit the truck application. Looking at the highly efficient Series 346 for example, the Linde truck would use less energy than a competitor truck while moving the same loads. The lower energy usage allows you to select a smaller capacity battery, which can save a significant amount of money with lithium-ion technology. Using lithium-ion batteries in conjunction with an energy-efficient Linde truck proves to be the most cost-effective method because a lower capacity battery can support the same productivity.
Upgrading trucks from manual use to battery supported has increased timing and efficiency, but requires frequent battery changes, taking away from employee productivity. For three shift operations, companies could end up changing lead-acid batteries at least five times. In addition, changing a battery requires its 1.5-ton weight to be removed with the aid of another forklift or an overhead crane. For a typical lead-acid battery, regular maintenance includes replenishment of water, overnight equalization charging, and occasional exposure to battery acid. While these activities are important, they represent downtime for the truck. Charging a Linde Series 346, Series 1346 or Series 1347 truck, with lithium-ion battery, has never been easier and can be completed at different stopping points or near a break area for example, allowing the truck to complete a quick re-charge during scheduled employee downtime. Another constructive use is that these trucks do not require a full charge cycle. Although the battery may be charged completely within an hour, short charges are also encouraged.