Troy, Ohio—Nov. 10, 2014—AMETEK Prestolite Power, a provider of industrial battery charging and fleet management solutions, began shipping an advanced Wireless Battery Identification Device (WBID) that continually reads and stores information about lift truck batteries. It also announced major updates to DataLink 2, its data analysis software used in conjunction with WBIDs and battery charger interface devices (CIDs).
Working together, the WBID and DataLink 2 are designed to improve warehouse efficiency by gathering data wirelessly, monitoring battery usage and identifying potential problems that could lead to downtime.
The new WBIDs provide critical information to extend battery life, solve service issues and help with warranty claims, according to AMETEK Prestolite Power Director Patrick Williams. Motive power batteries can be more easily monitored for voltage, temperature and amp-hour usage using the battery identification device number, voltages, amp-hour sizes and start rates.
Williams said the latest competitive advantages to the new WBIDs include:
- Six multi-purpose input/output channels to adapt to multiple temperature and level measurements, or light-emitting diode (LED) indicators as needed in the application.
- The ability to store all collected data over the total life of the battery.
- Data communication to the charger over the DC cable without special or auxiliary connectors.
- The capacity to accommodate 12 to 40 cell sizes with one WBID.
- Adjustment of the amp-hour to ensure that charging does not overheat the battery when the WBID and DataLink 2 software work together.
“Our chargers enable opportunity charging,” he added, “the concept of leveraging a forklift operator’s break time to recharge battery power, and wirelessly report on efficiency, existing power, and other key parameters that help a warehouse run smoothly with reduced downtime and significantly less space.”
AMETEK’s DataLink 2 software, working in conjunction with the WBIDs and CID, enhances the ability to collect, charge and discharge data from the charger. Updates include a new kinetic analyzer tool to import, evaluate and report on data from a WBID. Users can use the data to compare the status of one battery to another for usage, temperature and current.
DataLink 2 and the WBID wireless fleet management system transfers data over the company’s proprietary wireless network that uses a powerful transceiver. Williams said the system doubles the typical communication range between chargers from 1,500 to 3,000 feet in a normal operating environment. He added that the software is compatible with the company’s most advanced charger controls—the EC2000 for high-frequency products, the UC2000 and SCR2000 for SCR products, and the AC2000 for Ferroresonant product lines—and with Microsoft Windows Vista, 7 and XP operating systems.