Purkeys’ SteadyCharge Replenishes Auxiliary Batteries, Extends Their Life and Reduces Maintenance for Refrigerated and Heated Trailers

Purkeys’ new SteadyCharge can maximize the lifespan of dedicated batteries in trailer refrigeration and heating units, saving fleets thousands in downtime, maintenance and replacement costs.

LOWELL, Ark., USA — Purkeys, a battery solutions company delivering innovative, cost-effective solutions for the electrical needs of heavy-duty fleets, has introduced its new SteadyCharge Accessory Battery Charger. The SteadyCharge is designed to monitor and maintain an optimal charge level in accessory batteries serving trailer refrigeration and heating units, by preventing battery depletion during periods of inactivity.

Battery maintenance and repair costs have a significant impact on the bottom line of fleets and owner-operators alike, particularly those operating refrigerated or heated trailers. Inactive batteries naturally discharge over time and can drain a temperature-controlled vehicle’s accessory battery during seasonal periods when its dependent engine is not in service. Additionally, the parasitic current draw from built-in telematics technology in many heating and cooling units can completely drain their starter battery within just a few days of sitting idle, and the downtime and service cost of jumping or replacing dead batteries can add up fast.

Purkeys’ SteadyCharge maintains accessory batteries during months of non-use without overcharging them and is operational whenever the tractor is connected to the trailer. It eliminates the need for extra charging cables and automatically charges using the trailer’s existing 7-way cable, and it won’t interfere with other devices on the auxiliary circuit, such as the trailer’s ABS system.

“Many large fleets spend millions of dollars on battery maintenance and replacement annually, and that’s not including asset downtime,” said Jimmy Fielding, Northeast account representative for Purkeys. “Not only will the SteadyCharge significantly reduce battery maintenance and repair costs, but it will also keep vehicles and drivers on the road by extending the lifespan of existing batteries by up to 500 percent.”

Fielding also noted that accessing batteries in trailer refrigeration and heating units for maintenance or replacement can present its own set of challenges and safety concerns. “The units are usually mounted high on the nose of the trailer, and a standard Group 31 battery generally weighs in the neighborhood of 65 to 75 pounds,” he said.

The durable, 10-pound SteadyCharge is engineered to meet SAE J1455 testing criteria and is IP66 rated for exterior mounting on the trailer body. The charging system’s logic controller includes a low voltage disconnect (LVD), which protects tractor batteries and is programmable to any LVD setpoint. The SteadyCharge also features temperature-compensated charging that automatically optimizes its charging characteristics to match its operating climate.

The SteadyCharge is built to handle the harshest road conditions and comes with a three-year warranty. Convenient LED status indicators assure users of proper functioning and alert them of any issues.

“Accessory batteries may not respond when called upon to start refrigeration and heating units that have been dormant, or they may die while the vehicle is in the field, requiring a service run or even a replacement vehicle deployment,” Fielding said. “Unfortunately, many fleets and owner-operators think of battery-related maintenance expenditures as just part of the cost of doing business.”

By constantly replenishing a battery’s charge, users can avoid depletion, even when vehicles have been inactive for months. Battery-related removal and replacement costs and time-consuming workflow interruptions can be minimized, as can the fuel cost to run climate-control units during off-season duty cycles. By maintaining only a shallow depth of battery discharge, the SteadyCharge helps battery life spans increase from months to years.

“The SteadyCharge is a must-have item for truck drivers and fleets with refrigerated or heated trailers,” Fielding said. “It will be a game-changer for those in cold-chain transportation, and for those hauling liquids like beverages and paints that must be kept from freezing in cold weather.”

Purkeys’ broad array of battery solutions can be purchased through their website or by contacting Purkey’ customer service department at (800) 219-1269.

Crown Equipment Adds Forklift Power Source Versatility and Efficiency to Chargers

Crown Equipment Corporation, one of the world’s largest material handling companies, today announced the availability of the V-HFM3 Series of modular battery chargers for lead-acid and lithium-ion batteries. The chargers are designed to help facility and maintenance managers reduce energy costs and extend the life of their forklift batteries. The V-HFM3 Series, which is part of Crown Equipment’s full line of V-Force forklift chargers, batteries and accessories, is available first in North America and will roll out globally in the months ahead.

Users gain energy savings through a 97 percent efficiency performance level of the V-HFM3 Series, which is more efficient than similar high-frequency chargers. Ease of use is enhanced through automatic voltage sensing technology that identifies a battery upon connection and intelligently applies the correct charging profile from 24-96 volt without the use of a monitoring device. The V-HFM3 Series models require a smaller footprint and are lighter in weight compared to prior models. The product supports conventional, opportunity, fast and lithium-ion charging approaches depending upon the needs of the facility.

One company using the V-HFM3 Series for opportunity charging is LEDVANCE, which is one of the world’s leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers.

Frank Mattingly, operations manager of LEDVANCE’s Midwest distribution center, said, “Our forklift operators are charging their lift truck for short periods of time during breaks and shift changes. The V-HFM3 Series is up to the challenge of delivering reliable power amid the many connection cycles.”

Customers receive their charger preconfigured to their unique specifications including AC input, charge profile, connector size and color, and DC cable length. Management and maintenance are easily accomplished through a web-browser accessible interface allowing facility and maintenance managers to configure, monitor and complete diagnostics from their phone, tablet or desktop computer and without special apps, cables or software.

Additional accessories are available including a wired remote control for facilities storing chargers above batteries or in hard-to-reach locations, tower light kit for viewing charging status from a distance, and a battery monitoring identification device for greater control of battery health and longevity through more advanced reporting capabilities, simplified equalization approaches, and temperature adjustment for variable environments.

Todd Fleck, director of parts and motive power, Crown Equipment Corporation, concluded, “We know that the needs of our customers are changing at more frequent intervals, which requires a flexible systems infrastructure to support a dynamic operation. The V-HFM3 Series provides a battery-charging solution that can be configured to charge virtually any forklift battery and handle inputs from around the world.”

Barcoding, Inc. to Host Geek Tank Workshop Series for Android Migration

Workshops to take place in five different cities across two countries with industry-leading speakers

Barcoding, Inc., the leader in supply chain efficiency, accuracy and connectivity, is excited to present its new workshop series, Android in the Enterprise: Barcoding Geek Tanks.

The automated data capture industry is changing fast. Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 and Windows CE, which companies have relied on for the last several decades to run their mobile devices, will be unsupported starting in 2020. What has emerged — in most cases — is adoption of the Android operating system, which is fundamentally changing the way companies deploy and manage enterprise mobility.

Barcoding has launched a focused effort to help companies as they modernize, providing resources to understand what is needed for success and the benefits of the Android platform for the long term. Through the Barcoding Geek Tanks (a take on “think tanks”), Barcoding will demonstrate the power of a human-centered approach to innovation and provide actionable takeaways on migrating to Android in the enterprise.

Barcoding Geek Tank events will be held in five different cities in the U.S. and Canada:

  • Anaheim, California on July 18
  • Vancouver, British Columbia on July 23
  • Houston, Texas on August 1
  • Oak Brook, Illinois on August 8
  • Mississauga, Ontario on August 27

These events are designed specifically for IT, operations, logistics and supply chain professionals. During the workshops, attendees will collaborate, share and envision new ideas around the specific challenges of migrating and modernizing mobile computing platforms. Each event will be packed with activities that include exercises and active conversations with industry experts from Barcoding, Zebra Technologies, SOTI, and Ivanti to help companies get ready for Android migration.

“With the support ending for Windows Mobile, we wanted to create a truly collaborative event for organizations to come together to prepare for this challenge,” said Jody Costa, VP of Marketing for Barcoding, Inc. “We believe that a hands-on approach with industry leadership and peers can lead to the best conversations and thoughtful discussions that will inspire continuous learning and real change, ultimately helping attendees prepare for the future of enterprise mobile computing.”

Barcoding partners, Zebra Technologies, Ivanti and SOTI, will also participate in the Geek Tanks, bringing different areas of expertise to the events. At each event, attendees will have the opportunity to meet with executive leadership from these organizations to learn more about their offerings and how they can assist with the Android migration.

For more information about Barcoding Geek Tanks or to register for an event, visit: https://learn.barcoding.com/geektank/workshops

A-Safe Launches Alarm Bar to Protect Overhead Assets

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Baltimore, Maryland-based A-Safe Inc., a manufacturer of protective guarding for warehouses, distribution centers, manufacturing facilities and other workplace environments, has launched the Alarm Bar, a tubular product that actively responds to impact to protect overhead assets from moving vehicles.

Like other products in the A-Safe range, the Alarm Bar is made from A-Safe’s Memaplex material, the company’s patented blend of eight materials and rubber additives that, practically, absorbs impact without incurring damage. The bar is just over 6ft long (78 ¾ in) and has a diameter of 5? in. These are standard dimensions, although bespoke systems are available if ordered in bulk. The lightweight, 28-lb. Alarm Bar is easily installed, hung from two thin cables towards either end.

A series of high profile companies have already installed Alarm Bars, including Lowes, Michelin, Ford, Tyson Foods, Boston Beer, Walmart, and Nissin Foods.

Importantly, the product is self-powered, with 12-volt battery life providing more than two years of constant power. Audio and visual alarms alert the operator of contact; two 102dB buzzers sound (the equivalent of a car horn 1m away) for 20 seconds after impact and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) display two red flashing indicator strips that span the length of the bar, lasting for 40 seconds.

Paul Barlow, CEO at A-Safe Inc., said: “The product is suited to any facility where there is a restriction on height and potential damage can be caused by impacts in the absence of a robust height warning system. The product safeguards doorframes, loading docks, infrastructure, and overhead walkways, as well as key safety assets such as sprinkler systems and ventilation pipes. It can be installed where no barriers are currently in place or where an existing height restrictor is not active or, in other words, it doesn’t feedback to the user beyond the physical impact.”

He added: “It’s a great replacement for applications that are currently using basic painted steel tubes, which are often heavy and require secondary redundant hanging systems in case the primary system fails, or replacement for existing polymer solutions that provide no active alert response upon impact. At just 28 lbs., an Alarm Bar isn’t going to cause significant injury if it were to fall and requires no additional electrical supply.”

An abundance of other product features includesshock-absorbing casing, created from the aforementioned memaplex, offering high-strength durability, flexibility, and crack resistance. The bar’s yellow color is UV-stabilized for continued coloration, fade resistance and, thus, long-lasting visibility. It is suited to use in temperatures ranging from +41°F to 122°F. Notably, the Alarm Bar doesn’t swing in wind and resets itself after impact.

A-Safe is offering the Alarm Bar directly to end users and through its Guardrail range of ‘boxed products’, principally aimed at the reseller / distributor marketplace. Barlow reiterated that the product has fixed dimensions and is not targeted at the custom marketplace, unless a client wanted to purchase, say, 100+ units in a single order. Multiple Alarm Bars can cover a wider area.

Kalmar, Ukkoverkot and Nokia build a wireless digitalization infrastructure for port and terminal R&D

Kalmar digital test yard

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, a pioneer in terminal automation and energy-efficient cargo handling, and Ukkoverkot, leading private LTE network provider, have signed a two-year cooperation agreement with Nokia to design, build and operate a private LTE network. Nokia brings the digital automation platform that is well suited for mobile machinery and industrial Internet of Things.

A test network reflecting an actual terminal environment will be built for research and development purposes. Machine-to-machine communication will be tested in the new private 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) environment and compared against previous wireless technologies with the focus on developing innovative business applications. This connectivity technique is more reliable and enables more secure communication than Wi-Fi. Private LTE provides the low latency, high-capacity connectivity combined with edge computing required for time-sensitive critical industrial applications enabling real-time analytics and video-based applications such as machine remote control – key elements of robust digital industrial environments.

“We believe the new 5G-ready LTE solution will be an asset to our business, and we look forward to initiating testing in this digital automation environment. The private LTE network will provide the security and real-time video footage needed for reliable remote control of our operations,” says Pekka Yli-Paunu, Director, Research, Kalmar.

“The digital automation platform with its connectivity and application layers makes it possible for us to test new service products and concepts. That gives us the opportunity to demonstrate to our customers how our new services work, which is particularly valuable,” Yli-Paunu adds.

Nokia has already deployed over 1,000 mission-critical networks, and will now draw on decades of experience building some of the biggest and most advanced IP, optical, and wireless networks to benefit industrial cargo handling.

The Nokia-built network will allow for machinery to be connected over reliable private local LTE or 5G networks, enabling automation, robotics, machine learning, analytics, and real-time remote monitoring, which in turn increases cost-efficiency and adds value along the chain. Connections between industrial and safety-critical operators, such as Kalmar’s customers, are increasingly customized to meet the customers’ needs for capacity, usability, and coverage.

“Kalmar will implement a 5G-ready Nokia Digital Automation platform utilizing the 2.6 GHz band. This brings many interesting new business opportunities for digitalization thanks to the reliability, high capacity, low latency, and security – all characteristics of a private LTE network,” says Jouko Tuppurainen, Director, Ukkoverkot.

“Our digital automation platform brings pervasive mobile broadband coverage for terminals, sensors, cameras and other devices for mission and business critical industrial connectivity and digital transformation. Communication is essential for business efficiency and safety in cargo handling, be it between machines or machines and people. We are pleased to collaborate allowing companies to seize the Industry 4.0 opportunity,” says Stephan Litjens, General Manager, Nokia Digital Automation.

Electrovaya’s Electric Forklift Battery Line Expanded to More Than 25 Models in 20 Months

Multiple battery models allow the vast majority of distribution centers to replace all lead-acid batteries in their forklift fleets with lithium-ion batteries

Toronto, Ontario  – Electrovaya Inc. has announced that it has launched more than 25 different lithium-ion ceramic battery models for the electric forklift market. This accelerated development was carried out over the last 20 months after the initial launch of just two battery models in 2017. The Company states that it is now able to provide complete battery motive power solutions for the vast majority of warehouse configurations.

The batteries currently available include 24V, 36V, 48V and most recently 80V in energy capacities ranging from 6 kWh to 63 kWh. The battery systems are available in different shapes and sizes to meet a multitude of Class I, II and III forklift truck models from various manufacturers. The batteries can also be digitally integrated with a variety of electric forklift trucks.

The users of Electrovaya’s batteries are primarily large, sophisticated customers in diverse sectors including automotive and other manufacturing, e-commerce, distribution and warehousing.

By eliminating lead acid batteries from their forklift fleets and replacing them with Electrovaya’s lithium-ion batteries, distribution centers can:
• Reduce manpower through the removal of lead-acid battery changes and maintenance
• Eliminate lead acid battery charging rooms
• Reduce gas handling, ventilation and acid spills from lead-acid batteries
• Remove any need to keep environmental records on lead batteries in inventory
• Reduce the number of chargers
• Improve their environmental footprint through reduced energy consumption and through the ability to charge during off-peak hours

Electrovaya’s lithium-ion ceramic batteries are currently operating in 23 locations, including 20 in the United States, two in Canada and one in Mexico. The Company’s batteries are known for their superior cycle life, safety, energy and power attributes, which are vital for electric forklifts and other intensive-use applications.

For more information, visit www.electrovaya.com.

 

Kalmar continues its long history of eco-efficiency by introducing the industry’s first lithium-ion powered medium forklift

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Kalmar, part of Cargotec, is to introduce a medium electric forklift powered by emission-free lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery technology. The new forklift is the latest step on the company’s journey towards offering an electric version of every product in its portfolio by 2021. It is the first forklift in the medium-capacity range to be powered by Li-ion batteries, and the battery technology will initially be available for several models with a wheelbase of 3,500 mm.

Kalmar has a long and proud history in the electric equipment arena, having launched its first light electric forklift truck in 1979, followed by the industry’s first Li-ion powered light electric forklift in 2016 and medium electric forklift powered by lead-acid batteries in 2017. In addition, Kalmar has already launched electric-powered versions of its empty container handlers, Ottawa terminal tractors, shuttle and straddle carriers, automated guided vehicles (AGVs) and yard cranes.

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Driven by the need to comply with increasingly strict environmental legislation, reduce fuel costs and simplify maintenance processes, electrically powered equipment is becoming increasingly common across many different industries. Kalmar’s electric forklift offering is available with a choice of lead-acid or Li-ion battery technology, depending on customer requirements.

Li-ion batteries are ideal for multi-shift operation models as they can be fast-charged during breaks in work, significantly improving the productivity of forklifts. A full charge can be achieved in less than 2 hours. The technology enables 24/7 operation by eliminating the need for battery changes and dedicated charging areas. Because charging is emission-free, charging stations can be located strategically to maximize equipment utilization and uptime in even the most demanding operational environments.

“We’re delighted to be able to announce yet another industry first as we continue our drive to provide customers with innovative new eco-efficient, reliable and easy-to-maintain machines to help them achieve their business goals,” stated Stefan Hultqvist, Vice President Forklifts, Kalmar. “Demand for electrically powered forklifts is rising all the time, and now we can offer our customers even greater convenience and environmental performance in the medium lifting capacity range.”

Toyota Marked 2019 National Forklift Safety Day with 20th Anniversary of System of Active Stability

Toyota system of active stabilityCOLUMBUS, Ind.  –National Forklift Safety Day 2019 also marked the 20th anniversary of Toyota Material Handling USA’s System of Active Stability (SAS). An industry safety innovation, SAS constantly monitors forklift usage to limit the potential for overturn. The SAS takes more than 3,000 readings per second to detect unsafe operating conditions and activates its features improve the lateral and longitudinal stability of the forklift.

Because of its focus on operator safety, SAS has revolutionized the material handling industry’s expectations for safe operation. The system is engineered with 10 sensors, three actuators, and a
controller to help maintain forklift stability. SAS now comes standard on most Toyota forklifts. “Toyota’s number one priority is to create safe products and SAS remains an important innovation to help prevent rollovers,” said TMHU President Jeff Rufener. “This year we will mark 20 years of offering this technology, which leads the way for safety innovation. We’re proud to have developed a technology that can reduce injuries, while mitigating the loss of goods.”

SAS is built on two key systems, the Active Control Rear Stabilizer System and the Active Mast Function Control System. The rear system stabilizes the forklift’s lateral movements by locking the rear axle, converting its usual triangle to a rectangular pattern, reducing risk of lateral tipover. The mast control system uses forward tilt control or rear-tilt speed control to stabilize the forklift longitudinally.

Toyota notes that SAS is not a substitute for operator safety training. National Forklift Safety Day, which took place this year on June 11, is an annual event that serves as the focal point for forklift manufacturers to reinforce the importance of operator safety training and forklift safety practices. The event also provides an opportunity for the industry to educate customers and policymakers.

Source: ToyotaForklift.com.

JLT Mobile Computers Presents Next Generation Vehicle‑Mount Computers at TOC Europe

Compact, high-performance 12-inch rugged JLT6012™ computer optimizes uptime, improves safety, and increases workflow efficiency in ports and container terminals

JLT 6012

Växjö, Sweden, 13 June 2019 – JLT Mobile Computers, a leading developer and manufacturer of reliable computers for demanding environments, showcases its JLT6012™ vehicle-mount computer at the TOC Europe global container supply chain event in Rotterdam from 18-20 June 2019. Well suited for the high reliability and security requirements of port settings, the JLT6012 mobile terminal can be custom-built to fit the exact needs of shippers, carriers, port authorities, global operators, and third-party logistics.

Designed to be installed in vehicles, trucks, and forklifts, the compact JLT6012 computer’s wide-range 9-60 VDC isolated power supply enables installation in most types of vehicles without the need for an external power adapter. Capable of running Windows 10, Android or Linux, the JLT6012 comes with a virtually indestructible high-brightness JLT PowerTouch™ display with adjustable auto-dimming, a feature that is particularly well suited for port operations; the same applies to the fact that the user-friendly touch screen can be operated with or without gloves. The terminal’s ability to withstand shock and vibration, and a very wide -30°C to +55°C operating temperature range allows use in the harshest environments.

Easy to service and maintain, the JLT6012 supports remote upgrading of software and firmware, offers quick login and identification with RFID tags, and is light and compact enough to fit into the tightest spaces. Fanless design and IP65 sealing minimize downtime and guarantee reliable operation. Programmable I/O ports and function buttons, NFC, fast Wi-Fi, as well as advanced sensor technology enable the development of innovative solutions that optimize workflow efficiency.

“A rapidly growing number of customers within the port segment are using our rugged computers,” said Per Holmberg, CEO, JLT Mobile Computers. “With our JLT6012 computer, we are adding a next-generation mobile computing platform that optimizes uptime, improves safety, and offers long-term protection of customer investment.”

The JLT6012, which is for example already being used as part of a self-service terminal in gate automation systems that manage transport in and out of ports, presents a major step change forward in rugged computing, as the new terminal not only delivers unparalleled productivity and an optimal user interface today, but also constitutes a platform for building innovative mobile IT solutions, including hardware, software and services for the needs of ports worldwide tomorrow.

To learn more about JLT Mobile Computers, our products, services, and solutions, visit www.jltmobile.com or arrange a personal meeting at TOC Europe in Rotterdam, Stand D74, via https://www.jltmobile.com/toc-europe-2019.

Eastey Adds Extended Length Conveyors to Its Product Offering

Estey extended length conveyor

 

June 11, 2019, Brooklyn Park, MN – Eastey, a leading manufacturer of L-sealers, sleeve wrappers, shrink tunnels, bundling equipment and conveyors, has introduced additional conveyor sizes to its product offering.

Eastey now offers five size options when ordering the EC Series conveyor. The new six foot conveyors provide additional options for customers that need extended length product transportation within their facilities. Customers have the option of selecting between these five conveyor size configurations:

  • EC1248 (12”W x 48”L)
  • EC1272 (12”W x 72”L)
  • EC1848 (18”W x 48”L)
  • EC1872 (18”W x 72”L)
  • EC2472 (24”W x 72”L)

The EC Series conveyors offer a reliable stand-alone product transport for primary or secondary product marking, and make a convenient add-on infeed or exit feed conveyor to existing case taping or shrink wrapping equipment. The conveyor design is perfect for integration with ink jet printing equipment; each conveyor comes pre-drilled in multiple locations to easily add printer and encoder mounting brackets. The smooth drive belt provides consistent speed for reliable, scannable barcoding and product transfer. Systems include a lower shelf with holes for cable management and provide storage for supplies such as spare printheads, printer and UV LED control boxes, spare ink, and more.

EC Series conveyors utilize an endless belt with self-tracking V-groove for consistent alignment. The variable speed drive motor is adjustable up to 100 fpm for a variety of applications. The unit also features a magnetic control box that can be mounted on either side of the conveyor. Conveyor legs are adjustable from 20” up to 33.5”. The system is designed to keep maintenance to a minimum and provide a fast and efficient method of product transport.

Heavy-duty motor, industrial strength drive belt, and a simple design make Eastey conveyors a workhorse that will stand up to manufacturing’s toughest challenges. Each conveyor is made from ¼” steel that will withstand even the most rugged applications while a custom two-part epoxy finish protects the machine from abusive conditions and ensures years of use.

The EC Series conveyors are available now through Eastey’s network of authorized distributors. Sales inquiries can be directed to Joshua Nelson, Eastey, 7041 Boone Avenue, Brooklyn Park, MN  55428, 1-800-835-9344.

Eastey operates as a subsidiary of Engage Technologies Corporation, the parent company of Squid Ink, Eastey, AFM, and Cogent Technologies.  Squid Ink (www.squidink.com) is a leading manufacturer of superior quality inks and inkjet printing equipment.  American Film & Manufacturing (www.afmsleeves.com) manufactures and supplies shrink sleeves and shrink labeling solutions.  Cogent Technologies (www.cogent-tech.com) manufactures infrared drying systems used to dry ink in the industrial and graphics industries.