etaLINK 12000 enables in-process charging of the lithium-ion batteries of automated guided vehicles (AGVs), industrial trucks and mobile robots. Charging processes can therefore be flexibly integrated into intralogistics procedures. The scalable energy solution is the world’s first contactless battery charging system with an output of 12 kW and an efficiency of 93%. The energy level of the vehicles remains at a constantly high level thanks to the intermediate charging process. The result: For the same vehicle performance, the battery capacities can be reduced by more than 30% in most cases, thus considerably reducing procurement costs in the battery sector. As additional charging breaks and thus downtimes are eliminated, vehicle availability is increased by up to 30%.
Easy to integrate and a flexible design
Wiferion’s patented charging technology consists of a stationary transmitter unit with a wallbox and charging pad as well as receiver electronics that are installed in the AGVs and industrial trucks via Plug and Play. If a vehicle drives to the charging point, the charging process starts automatically in less than a second. It does not matter which direction the vehicle approaches the charging station from. An integrated CAN interface transmits data about battery status and energy level to the fleet management system. etaLINK 12000 is compatible with all available battery systems.
“We are very proud that our energy solution etaLINK impressed the jury”, says Florian Reiners, co-founder and CEO at Wiferion. “The award clearly shows the enormous efficiency increases and cost benefits that can be achieved using inductive rapid charging solutions. In-process charging will be standard in intralogistics in a few years.”
Retrofitting of industrial trucks
As a system supplier of charging and storage technology, Wiferion’s battery tray etaTRAY also allows for existing forklift fleets to be retrofitted. Even old forklifts and AGVs can be continuously charged during logistics processes by replacing lead-acid batteries for the energy solution consisting of a charging unit and lithium-ion battery. Thanks to the standardized and modular design, the conversion can be carried out quickly and reliably. Users can thus exploit the full potential of lithium technology and the advantages of in-process charging.
BEST PRODUCT award
For the 16th time at LogiMAT 2020, innovative products that make a significant contribution to rationalization, cost savings and increased productivity in internal logistics were honored among the exhibitors. The jury members include representatives from business, science and the media. The award has now established itself as one of the most coveted awards in the intralogistics industry and is presented in three categories:
- Software, communication, IT
- Picking, conveying, lifting and storage technology
- Identification, packaging and loading technology, load securing
Wiferion is now presenting the etaLINK 12000 inductive rapid charging system to the public at an Open House in Freiburg on April 23rd. Registrations under https://www.wiferion.com/en/trade-fair-and-events/.