Tuesday, August 8, 2023
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HUBTEX and INTIS launched an inductive charging system for the proper energy management required to save time and money. The future of AGV Solutions lies in energy management, so this efficient charging system is no doubt a current need.
HUBTEX believes that with the increasing complexities of the requirements in intralogistics, energy management is an issue that needs special attention. The solution to this has therefore been developed in the form of optimal charging system that can make one AGV solution as economical as possible.
This chosen inductive charging system achieves optimum performance. “By partnering with INTIS, a specialist in inductive charging technology, we are investing in a completely autonomous concept that we believe works best with a combination of lithium-ion batteries and an inductive battery charging system”, explains Michael Röbig, an expert in energy management at HUBTEX. In this solution, charging pads on the vehicle automatically interact with charging plates on the floor or on the walls as soon as the vehicle is positioned accordingly.
The compact charging station can be comfortably placed in the respective warehouse or production environment, where the users can take advantage of production-related downtimes for charging purposes. The user has the constant access to data such as capacity, status and charging time. This inductive charging station is maintenance-free and less susceptible to vandalism. The smaller lithium-ion batteries also conserve resources. It also requires less time and effort than powering the vehicles using charging stations.
In HUBTEX’s experience, stationary cable charging is certainly not the best long-term solution as it requires ample amount of time and space. Manual charging can be taken as an economical solution, but it relies completely on the employees. Swapping the battery for a replacement, on the other hand, takes far less time but requires an appropriate charging infrastructure and skilled personnel. Another option is an automated battery changing station, which can, in many cases, reduce the number of vehicles, required, but must be taken into account in the layout and design. While all these ways comes with its own disadvantages, HUBTEX believes that inductive battery charging for AGVs is the best way available.