Truck dashboard display gives MH vehicle drivers battery status visibility09 January 2019
Stored energy solutions provider EnerSys has introduced the new Truck iQ smart battery dashboard to give materials handling vehicle drivers real-time visibility of their truck’s battery status.
EnerSys EMEA commercial application manager for monitoring and solutions, Orjan Eriksson, says that this enables drivers to optimise their battery’s utilisation and power management, while avoiding the risk of damage or productivity loss due to incorrect usage.
The Truck iQ smart battery dashboard enables each truck driver to easily see and understand their battery’s condition and associated parameters from their seat, in real time.
Battery data is measured by wireless sensors located on the truck battery, and collected by a compact, harness-mounted Wi-iQ3 battery monitoring device. The Wi-iQ battery monitoring device relays this information to the Truck iQ smart battery dashboard via Bluetooth BLE. This communication channel is established quickly and automatically on power-up, without need for driver intervention.
Information delivered to the Truck iQ smart battery dashboard includes real time State of Charge (SoC), and alarms and alerts for the following battery parameters: temperature, electrolyte level, low SoC and cell unbalance.
The dashboard’s primary screen features a graph showing SoC, remaining work time and battery temperature. Battery warnings relating to Go to Charge - accompanied by a buzzer – and high battery temperature, electrolyte level or unbalance are visible. Also displayed are the User ID, the worked time, and the number of Ah that have been re-injected into the battery by vehicle braking.
Eriksson adds: “The Truck iQ smart battery dashboard is different, because it presents truck and battery information in real time to the driver on the job, in an easily understood format. This helps to prevent truck misuse, while improving battery utilisation and service life. It also boosts efficiency and energy management. In summary, the Truck iQ smart battery dashboard allows each vehicle driver to make his own contribution to the power efficiency and operational productivity improvements.”
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