- Second, a significant amount of capital was required to change the AC electrical design in the plant to support charging distributed throughout the plant rather than in a central location. In a plant in excess of 750,000 square feet with 170 lift trucks, this was a significant consideration.
- Last, new high efficiency fast chargers were required to underpin the new DC power design in the plant. Further complicating the decision was the challenge of several existing staggered leases for existing power equipment.
This was a major shift in management of DC power for the plant, and the final agreement to move forward did not come quickly. The management team justifiably had many questions.
To answer these challenges, ABT and the lift truck supplier conducted a series of demonstrations to show that opportunity charging was feasible. With the optimal charge curves, the intensive swing reach applications could reliably operate with battery changing only once per day.
ABT developed the complete installation and AC electrical plan for the entire facility and demonstrated its credentials to manage an installation of this magnitude. Under its GuaranteedPOWER® solution, operational uptime and cost of ownership parameters were absolutely guaranteed. Finally, ABT worked out a plan to phase into the existing leases already in place.
In 2014, the massive installation was executed with no disruption to the plant’s ongoing operations, and the shift to a lower cost of ownership approach commenced.
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