08/03/2016 - 12:38 pm

AeroVironment’s Intelligent Forklift Chargers can be Configured on a Phone – Product News

AeroVironment, Inc, a US supplier of industrial charge systems in North America, has introduced the PosiCharge ProCore Series – an intelligent charging family that supports and charges any material handling battery. Ranging in power from 5kW for lower-duty vehicles to 30kW for the hardest-working electric forklifts, the new PosiCharge ProCore Series is suitable for charging electric forklift fleets of all sizes. 

The latest addition to AeroVironment's family of PosiCharge fast and opportunity charge systems, the ProCore Series includes a number of features that makes it easy to use, flexible, customisable and cost-effective.

The charger enables configuration and management via mobile phone app and can support and charge any material handling battery – regardless of type, brand, voltage or size. The system is easy to use, easy to install, easy to configure and is flexibile with customisable power levels and charge algorithms. It has a 93% peak power efficiency and low overcharge factor so ProCore is very efficient with a low monthly utility cost.

A lightweight, powerful, efficient charger that consumes minimal floor space, ProCore requires no specific training to mount, install and update. Its colourful, digital display and mobile app make it easy use because fleet managers or forklift operators can configure ProCore chargers on the go.  Setting up, programming and troubleshooting ProCore chargers is now quick and easy with an iOS or Android smart phone.

Operational flexibility reduces costs and improves efficiency, and ProCore’s modular powerstage can accommodate any forklift fleet – from the smallest to the largest operations.  This modular design makes ProCore easy to maintain, upgrade and repurpose, and its robust, single port architecture makes it customisable. Additionally, PosiCharge standard multivoltage capabilities allow different forklifts with different batteries to charge on the same ProCore charger, independent of type, brand, voltage or size.

Ken Karklin, general manager of AeroVironment’s Efficient Energy Systems business segment says “AeroVironment PosiCharge systems established the industrial fast charge market more than 15 years ago.  Since that time we have been reducing operating costs and increasing productivity in high-velocity operations for Fortune and Global 500 factories, distribution centre and warehouses throughout North America and increasingly across the globe. Electric forklifts are playing an increasingly important role in the global supply chain, and we remain committed to supporting our customers’ material handling operations with the most capable, reliable and effective charging solutions through our new premium ProCore Series of chargers.”

AeroVironment's entire line-up of PosiCharge systems is designed to deliver a measurable, positive impact on the environment by reducing the total number of batteries required to operate a fleet, and by improving the efficiency and performance of the battery itself. The new ProCore Series enhances these features by prolonging battery life and reducing downtime. ProCore protects battery investments by enabling the battery and charger to communicate with each other, and is programmable for peak demand management.  Its built-in ConnectRx connector health monitoring technology promotes operational safety by detecting abnormalities during charging and alerting users to possible problems while shutting down the charge session to protect valuable equipment and personnel.


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