With a three-shift, 460,000 square-foot facilities in Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.- based International Paper was looking for ways to save money and improve workflow. Their 85 battery-powered lift trucks worked well, but operators were spending 40 minutes each shift waiting while the battery was changed in each truck.
Myths about battery-powered forklifts lead companies to think they're not up to the task of moving multi-ton, heavy-duty payloads, they don’t work outdoors, or they require battery changes to work 3 shifts. It's time to set the record straight...
The Express fast charge system was launched by EnerSys in 2005. It allows operators to run a forklift for multiple shifts, simply and quickly recharging the battery while on break. Express was the first fast charge brand to include batteries specifically engineered for fast charging, as well as data management devices. Working together, these technologies allow companies to use electric forklifts in applications formerly served by liquid propane, battery changing or fuel cells.
In the world of industrial batteries, the terms “fast charger,” "rapid charger" and "quick charger" can be used loosely. A true fast charger is part of an engineered system matching the right-size battery to the right-size charger. This allows a forklift to run through multiple shifts using only one battery.
In 2016, new regulations required the shipping department of Mahou’s largest brewery to exchange their internal combustion forklifts for electric-powered ones. Linde Material Handling won the contract and delivered 14 new electric counterbalanced forklifts in June 2016, with capacities ranging from 2 to 3.5 tons. All trucks were equipped with fork spreader attachments, allowing the transport of 3 pallets side by side. All trucks were also equipped with air conditioning for the summer and heaters for winter.
Fast charging gives lift trucks the power they need to replace Class IV and V internal combustion trucks, even in high-demand, multi-shift, indoor/outdoor operations. The result? Savings, uptime, safety and more.