Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Multi-shift DC improves battery management practices

Web-based services pair with battery-mounted units to provide actionable fleet data.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
October 02, 2012

When a large, multi-shift distribution center recognized battery replacement and maintenance costs had become a significant financial drain on its operations, it turned to a comprehensive battery monitoring system to gain a better understanding of its fleet usage.

Wanting to maintain lean post-recession operations, the company’s original aim was to get the most out of minimal equipment. Fleet optimization is crucial to efficient operations, but skipping routine maintenance is no way to optimize equipment utilization. Lack of battery equalization, under-watered batteries, and disregard for preventative maintenance caused over-worked batteries, high maintenance costs, shorter battery life and unnecessary lift truck downtime.

The new system tracks battery equalization and automatically equalizes batteries out of criteria, holds under-watered batteries at the battery rack after equalization, and automatically sends e-mail alerts indicating which batteries need to be equalized and/or watered.

Using a datalogger, the company was able to customize battery reports to determine overall usage of each battery, as well as critical battery performance data. They also implemented a Web-based charging and communication system designed to improve fleet productivity by collecting battery and charger data and converting it into actionable information. The distributor chose the Web-based service for its ability to manage entire fleets, analyze battery conditions, and diagnose problems before reaching a critical and more costly stage.

Following the improvements, the company reduced battery replacement costs and reduced battery maintenance.

Power Designers
608-231-0450
http://www.powerdesigners.com

Read more from the 2013 Casebook.

About the Author

image
Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Most facilities are using data, but not everyone is getting the most out of it. What good are enormous data sets if you can't use insights to improve warehouse planning and operations?

Partnership to serve food, beverage, chemical and pharmaceutical industries in the region.

Identification tools produce efficiencies in management, production and shipping processes.

Team collaborates with several partners to recycle and re-purpose materials.

New commitment to help find cures for pediatric cancer and other life-threatening diseases.



© Copyright 2013 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA