It is very much the debate of our time. Diesel versus Li-ion battery power. When it comes to the cars we drive, it certainly seems like the batteries have won, with fossil fuel cars being banned in the UK from 2040 if the government meets its target. However what if we are looking at warehouse trucks and material handling equipment for the retail, manufacturing and distribution industry?
With the four-wheel electric truck series, EP Equipment brings a remarkable range of forklift trucks onto the market. Thanks to the integrated lithium battery, the trucks offer more space than others and can easily be used for long periods of time by opportunity charging. We tested the 3 tonne truck and found it to be a powerful and easy to operate truck with some strong advantages.
EP Equipment developed the JX1 a few years ago for picking small orders and performing other work at heights. Recently the JX0 has been added, functionally comparable, but lighter, slimmer and more compact than its big brother. However, the performance is impressive, as our test shows.
Lithium-ion batteries are a relatively new technology, having been first introduced in the 1990s. Lithium-ion batteries have many different compounds, probably the most known found in these batteries is Lithium Iron Phosphate. It is much more compact and energy dense than lead acid. The cells are sealed shut and require no water maintenance.
If you’ve considered upgrading your existing forklift setup, or you’re just unsure which type of battery power is right for your business needs, then you’ve likely already taken a look at Lithium Ion batteries as a potential solution.
Battery technology has come a long way from the early days of automation when vehicle owners and mechanics would test how much charge a battery had by provoking a spark from it – something that would be lethal with today’s vastly improved batteries.
If you’re considering a forklift for your workplace, or you’re looking to upgrade your existing equipment, then you’ve likely already discussed the pros and cons of the type of forklift you need. After you have decided on the type of equipment you need, it is time to have a closer look at the power source.
The iF Product design award was introduced first in 1954 and has been a growing institution for good design ever since. Several market leading manufacturers like Jungheinrich, Toyota and many others have participated in this prestigious competition.
From Feb. 19 to 21. the international trade show LogiMAT 2019 took place in Stuttgart. With 61.740 visitors, the trade show grew by more than 10% compared to last year and became even more international than the years before. EP Equipment showed several new, groundbreaking products to the industry.
For any business that regularly makes use of warehouse space or has constant stock levels to maintain, having the correct equipment for the job from day one is vital. Not only can this help to improve the efficiency of your stock management, but it also ensures the safety of your employees and keeps your workplace running like clockwork from open to close.