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Battery Monitoring Identification Device for Forklifts

Crown Equipment Corp., New Bremen, Ohio, introduced two new models to its V-Force V-HFM (high-frequency modular) Series Charger as well as a battery Crown VForce charging stationmonitoring identification device (BMID). The enhanced V-HFM Series Charger enables users to take advantage of a versatile charging system offering 93% efficiency rates and up to a 15% power savings when compared with traditional Ferro and SCR chargers.

The new FS5 model provides a charging current up to 300A, while the new FS9 provides a charging current up to 540A. Both models occupy approximately 41% less space than typical cabinet chargers, allowing more chargers to be positioned in a charging area. Lightweight design affords one-man installation. The chargers are also mountable on the wall, shelf, rack or any convenient location.

Onboard intelligence allows monitoring of performance and battery condition. The chargers’ software also prevents charging of an incorrect battery type and configuration. Charge logs can be easily downloaded to laptop computers via a USB connection port.

When a battery mounted with a BMID is plugged into a V-HFM Series Charger, it sends battery-specific information to the charger on the charge profile required for that specific battery. This module mounts on top of the battery and communicates to the charger through the battery cable, so no additional wiring is required. The BMID reads battery temperature and cell voltage to provide precise control over the charge profile, preventing over- and under-charging to maximize battery life and charger efficiency.

The BMID also performs on-demand equalization, as it monitors the starting, midpoint and ending voltage of the battery. Should the voltages significantly differentiate, the BMID will perform an extended charge to bring all cell voltages to the same level.

Crown Equipment Corp.
419-629-2311
www.crown.com

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