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The next generation AGV – energy efficiency, high availability and low operating cost

February 12, 2018

The performance of large Li-Ion batteries and charging methods has improved considerably in recent years, prompting further developments in battery-powered Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs).

For terminal facilities that operate AGVs, Konecranes now offers a battery with even greater efficiency at lower deadweight. The Li-Ion batteries in the new generation of Konecranes Gottwald AGVs and Lift AGVs fully charge in 1 to 2 hours – approximately four times faster than lead-acid batteries.

Charging can be done with the batteries inside the vehicle using an automated quick charger. In addition, the batteries can be recharged up to three times more than their predecessors, and can be recycled at the end of their life.

After years of experience in developing battery-powered AGVs, Konecranes has gained a systems’ approach to the electric drive line. The result is a powerful, long-life Li-Ion battery, a dedicated quick charging method, and management and navigation software to control and monitor the AGV fleet and their batteries.

The Li-Ion battery is composed of high-quality cells and control units from the automotive industry which do not require an additional complex cooling system. In addition, the design concept allows Konecranes to offer customer-specific battery sizes.

 

Text: Patricia Ongpin Steffa
Photo: Konecranes

KEY ADVANTAGES

of the Konecranes Gottwald AGV with Li-Ion battery drive

  1. Allows a flexible, step-by-step application in terminals that are already operational.
  2. Sustainable design with zero exhaust emissions in the terminal and low noise emissions.
  3. Low operating cost due tohigh energy efficiency and minimal maintenance.