Hoppecke batteries help Norish flexi trucks

Brierley Hill, Midlands, UK: Norish Foods is making “huge savings” in forklift truck running costs using Hoppecke’s trak air system.

The system enables Norish to have a 6-hour charging time meaning fewer batteries and chargers are required.  Typically, on traditional battery types at least two spares were required per truck to allow 24-hour operation while in extreme cases a spare charger would be needed per truck.

Norish operates a fleet of Flexi narrow aisle articulated fork lift trucks on three shifts in a cold store at -28°C running on the original trak air batteries and chargers supplied by Hoppecke Industrial Batteries.

“The 6-hour charging time is important because normal operating life of a lead acid battery in cold store conditions is four or five years and batteries on average lose around 30% of their capacity in cold storage applications,” Hoppecke says. ” Therefore, vital factors for electric-powered trucks operating in a cold store environment are the quality of their batteries and the ability to charge them, which is why Norish Foods went for the trak air units as well as a high frequency charger system from Hoppecke.”

One of the main benefits of the Hoppecke trak air system is that it protects the batteries from overcharge, which allows them to have a much longer service life than other batteries in the field.  Also, the high frequency chargers cut charging times by around 2.5 hours, says Hoppecke.

Norman Hatcliffe, managing director of Norish Foods, says: “The really great additional benefit of Hoppecke trak air is the 40% energy saving we achieved.  It meant we were able to obtain payback on our investment in fewer than 12 months as well as real long-term high power performance from our fleet of flexi trucks.”

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