Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) Launches ACTFIRST Industrial Battery Room Management System

La Mirada, California — Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) has announced the launch of ACTfirst, an industrial battery room management system. ACTfirst is a state-of-the-art battery room management system that utilizes ACT Quantum chargers, BATTview battery monitors, ACTintelligent cloud-based asset management program and a proprietary Best-One-First-Out (BOFO) algorithm to select the best battery to use for a given type of forklift or truck battery change.

The Best-One-First-Out (BOFO) algorithm is an intelligent battery ranking algorithm that selects the best battery for use based on battery state of charge (SOC) at the end of charger cycle, total AHRs used during a preset period (i.e. 1 week), cool down time, battery temperature, and reported faults during charge cycles. Unlike conventional battery room management systems that employ a First-in-First-Out (FIFO) process, the new proprietary BOFO algorithm assigns scores to batteries using critical battery performance criteria to ensure equal utilization for all battery assets onsite.

“We are quite excited with the launch of ACTfirst as it reinforces ACT’s vision and leadership in cloud data management and controls,” comments ACT’s CTO, Dr. Nasser Kutkut. “ACTfirst leverages ACT’s deep cloud data management and analytics capabilities to select the best battery for each type of truck and ensures that all batteries are equally utilized,” adds Dr. Kutkut.

ACTfirst features wireless and remote monitoring and configuration identifies intentional mis-picks, separates batteries with issues (parked batteries), and generates in-depth battery room utilization reports.

To provide support for sites with non-Quantum chargers, ACT has developed CHARGlink, a smart accessory that enables ANY charger to integrate with the ACTfirst battery room management system. CHARGlink is an easy to install charger monitoring device and features Power Line Communication (PLC) and WiFi connectivity. It supports wireless and remote monitoring and configuration of any charger asset, seamless cloud integration with ACT BATTview battery monitor, and seamless cloud integration with ACTintelligent asset management program. CHARGlink provides detailed logs and reports of charger asset utilization and can be set up through a dedicated iOS and Android mobile app.

ACTENERGY- SMART GRID ENERGY MANAGEMENT SERVICES

ACT also announced the launch of ACTenergy, a suite of energy management services that allow manufacturing and distribution facilities to realize significant energy cost savings for their ACT Quantum charger fleets through automated peak shaving and dynamic demand response programs. By reducing electrical usage during periods of maximum demand through peak shaving or reducing electricity usage temporarily based on change in the price of power through demand response (DR) programs, facilities can benefit from charger fleet demand reductions in the range of 15% – 30%. ACTenergy is the industry’s first suite of smart-grid, cloud-based, energy management services for industrial battery chargers.

“As distribution and manufacturing facilities strive to reduce their energy usage and the associated energy costs, ACTenergy will streamline these energy savings programs through automation and remote control and configuration,” comments Kutkut. “ACTenergy represents the first step of leveraging ACT’s smart appliances- Quantum industrial battery charger and BATTview battery monitor to deliver more value to our customers.”

ACTenergy supports static (manual) and dynamic (automated) demand response (DR) programs via SMS and/or email DR dispatch services. ACTenergy features intelligent and adaptive energy management algorithms based on battery State of Charge (SOC) to minimize the impact on operations. Wireless and remote load control or web-browser based cloud configuration and control allow for seamless integration with the Quantum and BATTview smart appliances and ACTintelligent cloud-based asset management program. Detailed energy analytics, reports, and charts are readily available within the ACTenergy platform.

EXPANDS PORTFOLIO OF UL CERTIFIED, OUTDOOR GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT CHARGERS

ACT also announced the addition of the Quantum GSE- Q12 Charger to its portfolio of Quantum GSE Chargers – a line of UL Certified, Type 3R Outdoor Chargers designed specifically for Ground Support Equipment. The new Quantum GSE- Q12 doubles the output of the current product offering and extends the charging capabilities from 150A to 300A at 80V. Furthermore, the new Quantum GSE-Q12 Charger supports openCAN communication protocol enabling support for Li-Ion battery charging applications.

“The expansion of our Quantum GSE product line with the introduction of the Q12 will allow ACT to meet the charging needs of a variety of GSE equipment powered by lead-acid and Li-Ion batteries, thereby opening up new market opportunities,” comments ACT CEO, Bob Istwan.

The Quantum GSE chargers feature a rugged UL Certified, Type 3R rated cabinet designed for outdoor installations. Like the Quantum series chargers, the Quantum GSE chargers feature modular technology, built-in redundancy, plug-n-play operation, and scalability through field expansion thus offering the highest reliability and the simplest serviceability in industrial charger technology. The Quantum chargers offer high energy efficiencies with peak efficiencies greater than 94 percent and full-cycle efficiencies greater than 93 percent.

One of the unique aspects of the Quantum charger is the integrated wireless communication that allows for seamless cloud integration, where real-time data is automatically uploaded to ACT’s cloud-based data management platform, ACTintelligent. End users can centrally manage their charger assets, analyze operational data, optimize battery and fleet performance, generate performance reports, and troubleshoot charger issues. In addition, wireless cloud integration allows for remote firmware and software updates enabling new functionalities to be added to the Quantum chargers with minimal effort.

The Quantum GSE chargers feature conventional, opportunity, and fast charge capabilities all integrated into a single charger design, targeted towards FBO, regional, and non-hub maintenance and logistics companies.

The Quantum chargers are UL/cUL certified, CEC compliant, and are backed with a 5-year warranty by ACT.

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