Chloride Motive Power’s new Multi-Deck battery changing system has been shortlisted in the ‘Innovation’ category at the 2005 FLTA (Fork Lift Truck Association) Annual Awards to be held on 26 February. Products are selected by voters from the industry. A member of the Exide Technologies group of companies, which also includes Deta Batteries, CMP are the only battery manufacturer to be shortlisted for this year’s awards.
After its launch at IMHX earlier this year, the first application of the system has already been installed at Toyota’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Burnaston, Derbyshire.
The new changing system offers optimal space utilisation and improved health and safety for warehouses and other electric vehicle fleet users. The system incorporates an electro-magnetic system for removing charged batteries, which further improves safety and minimises the risk of damage. Photocell levelling prevents damage to rollers and trucks, whilst the incorporation of cables and charger plugs into hollow sections of the posts reduces the risk of accidental collision and damage. Batteries can be changed in just two minutes to maximise productivity.
Exide Industrial Energy Group Marketing Manager Tony Summers commented, “We have been working hard at developing innovative products and solutions over and above the ‘battery’ product to allow customers to focus on their core business whilst leaving their stored power requirements to us. Our close relationship with major players in industry means that we can develop truly innovative solutions that have practical usage and benefits; this nomination convinces us that we are heading in the right direction.”