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Safer Forklifts with Iron Phosphate Li-ion Batteries

For Forklift Safety Week, Green Cubes Technology would like to highlight the benefits of Iron Phosphate Li-ion Batteries (LFP) over conventional lead-acid batteries in preventing workplace injuries in the warehouse environment.

The ongoing maintenance required to keep flooded lead acid batteries running presents a danger to the workers tasked with charging, watering and changing batteries in forklifts and other material handling equipment. The highly corrosive electrolytes in batteries can cause respiratory irritation, eye damage, skin irritation, and erode tooth enamel. The sheer size of material handling batteries means that crush injuries also occur during battery changes and repetitive use injuries are very common.

New LFP Li-ion batteries eliminate most of these issues because they are self-contained and maintenance free. Iron phosphate, a subset of Li-ion is the safest chemistry available, and its long cycle life means that it will last the lifetime of the truck. Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) is safest with:

  • Its stable chemical make-up, demonstrated by the high thermal runaway temperature.
  • The separator limits the chemical reaction of the electrode and helps to prevent thermal runaways by closing its porous structure at high temperatures.
  • The electronics of the Li-ion battery also provide protection against safety events, with incorporated fuses and protection against over-charge, over-discharge and high and low temperature charging.

Li-ion batteries greatly reduce the risk to the workforce when they are implemented for forklifts. For more detailed information, please see our recent article “Creating a Safer Workplace with Iron Phosphate Li-ion Batteries” in Workplace Material Handling & Safety.

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Cold-Chain Distribution Enabled by Li-ion Powered Material Handling Equipment: A New White Paper by Green Cubes Technology

On-line ordering, panic buying, and vaccine distribution are all increasing the need for cold-chain technology. Temperature-controlled supply chain is more important than ever during the Covid-19 pandemic. SAFEFlex enables 100% uptime and utilization of material handling equipment in cold storage and sub-zero environments. SAFEFlex is a drop-in replacement lithium-ion battery for lead acid battery power for electric material handling equipment.
Click here to download our free whitepaper titled “Best Practices for Using Lithium-Ion in Cold Storage Facilities”.

SAFEFlex provides material handling equipment crucial benefits, including:

  • There is no cold-temperature capacity loss with integrated battery heaters.
  • One-hour fast charging is enabled within the cold storage area (to -40 degrees).
  • Forklifts will never leave the freezer, and palletjacks can be charged in refrigerated trailers, so risksfrom condensation are minimized.
  • A permanently installed battery can support 24/7 continuous operation with an opportunity charging regime.
  • Maintenance is minimal, unlike lead acid batteries.
  • Cycle-life enables a useful product life of up to ten years

SAFEFlex batteries increase the velocity of distribution businesses with existing fleets of MH equipment including Walkie Pallet Jacks, End Riders, Narrow Aisle Forklifts, 3-4 Wheel Counterbalance Trucks, large Turrets, and other equipment. When compared to traditional lead-acid batteries, lithium batteries charge faster, last longer, and deliver more usable energy with each discharge. Batteries don’t need to be swapped, watered, or equalized at room temperature, streamlining operations and increasing efficiency at cold storage facilities.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Multi-Voltage Battery

Optimize efficiency with less down time!

OVERVIEW

Green Cubes Technology’s multi-voltage, single 4/0 cable battery completes a full charge in less than one hour to maximize your operating efficiency. The 48V 600Ah, 24-85-21 equivalent battery provides the needed power without sacrificing hours in the day. In addition to offering our standard customizable features found in the Lithium SAFEFlex line, the battery also utilizes the existing single connector 4/0 cabling which delivers cost efficiencies and minimizes the chance of cable damage over traditional packs. This battery can meet the demands of heavy, three shift operators who need to maximize every available minute. The multi-voltage battery is designed to withstand the most demanding applications and increase your team’s overall productivity.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Safe and Sound Week is August 12-18, So Let’s Take a Look at Material Handling Battery Safety and how to Avoid Injury

By: Trisha Skarda – Inside Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Green Cubes Technology’s Motive Power Division

The United States Department of Labor has several cases that are related to battery incidents causing bodily harm and injury.  Just a few of the cases are titled, “Employee burns hands and arm when contacts battery rack”, “Employee sustains leg fracture when pinned against a battery” and the most tragic “Employee is struck in head by pallet jack battery and is killed”.  These are disastrous and unnecessary accidents that could have been avoided. 

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Three Considerations When Evaluating Motive Power Solutions

Contributed Commentary By Anthony Cooper, General Manager of the Motive Division at Green Cubes Technology

The choice for motive energy battery solutions usually narrows down to two: lead-acid or lithium-ion. Both provide the energy that makes motive power equipment, such as forklifts and pallet jacks, operate. However, the similarities don’t go much further.

So, before switching to new, improved energy sources, companies should have a complete understanding of the latest technology advancements and diversification of the battery landscape. This includes diving deeper into differences in recyclability, power density and the cost versus the gain of both types of batteries.

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Green Cubes Technology’s Lithium SAFEFlex Batteries: Greener, Cleaner, Meaner

After 150 years, real innovation is finally shaking up the industrial battery landscape.  Green Cubes Technology’s SAFEFlex lithium-ion batteries are environmentally friendlier, more energy efficient and save money when compared to traditional battery technologies.  The advancement of battery technology and diversification of the landscape is requiring decision makers to be more knowledgeable before they can confidently switch to newer, better energy sources.  To help with this education, we’d like to look at some of the claims made and how they measure up to what Green Cubes Technology can offer.

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Case Study – AGV Opportunity Charging

Overview

A multi-billion dollar corporation is a global leader in providing logistic and material handling solutions. As the number of products produced and shipped around the world increases, this corporation continues to utilize its innovation in helping to provide unique solutions. One area of growth is through robotic or Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs). AGVs offer an innovative and flexible solution to today’s companies to help with improving throughput and the overall efficiency of their operations.

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Case Study: Heated Lithium Battery for Freezer Truck Environments

Overview

A major food manufacturer operations a large fleet of delivery trucks for their products.Due to the nature of food products,the insulated vehicle cargo area needs to be kept the trucks ta such a low temperature of -10F. In order to keep the trucks at such a low temperature the fleet is connected to an electrical grid at night in order for the refrigeration freezers to be run overnight.

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Green Cubes Technology’s Solutions: Batteries

Green Cubes Technology (GCT) is an established global company with over 30 years of experience in the power systems market.

Cell Technology:
Extensive Product Field Enables a Broad Range of Cell Chemistries

GCT’s market applications range from automotive to medical to industrial, which drives the company to research and implement the latest cell technologies to guarantee optimized system performance. Our cooperation with the leading global cell manufacturers allows us to provide our customers with powerful, efficient and cost effective solutions.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Efficiency Brief

Minimize Lift Times and Maximize Efficiency with Lithium SAFEflex

Over an eight-hour shift, over three shifts a day, missed seconds can add up.

  • How efficiency can your lift trucks get from A to B?
  • How fast can it lift its load onto a loading dock, lift gate, or stack?
  • How long can your lift truck move its maximum load, as its maximum safe speed, before being recharged?
  • How long does it take to recharge your lift truck batteries?
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Green Cubes Technology’s Solutions: Interfaces

Green Cubes Technology (GCT) is an established global company with over 30 years of experience in the power systems market.

Power Interfaces:
Flexible Designs to Meet Diverse Power Applications

GCT’s system architectures allow for flexibility when challenged with the multiple power sources of today’s markets. Converting power from a wall plug or renewable energy source is a critical part of the power system. GCT can provide an off-the-shelf power supply or develop a custom power supply when further optimization is required. Our system design approach ensures that the system monitors the power source for multiple limits and maximum power point tracking. Continuous development and reuse of our various input circuit blocks, combined with our proven convertors and chargers, allow customization of the overall system while maintaining superior quality standards.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Case Study – High Power Battery Solutions for Busy Warehouse Operations

Overview

A new GCT customer is the global leader in the manufacturing of furniture and home products. In order to produce such a high volume of furniture they operate very large plants along with incredibly sizable warehouses. In total, the customer has over 13 million sq ft (300 acres) of facilities for the production and warehousing of their products. To ensure the customer maintains its position as the number one manufacturer of furniture, they continuously focus on quality and improvements in their operations.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Battery Sizing Chart

For over 30 years, Green Cubes Technology has helped OEMs safely convert from lead acid systems to the right lithium technologies for their operations. Among the many providers of lithium solutions, we stand apart for our precision-engineered conversions of industrial tools, small electric vehicles, hospital systems and telecom towers. Our reputation and years in the business stand behind us to keep us innovating and driving ahead.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Safety Review

Why our lithium systems are safe for the Material Handling Market

Overview

In the battery power market today, there are a myriad of available battery types to choose from. It’s a critical decision which not only impacts how well the product will operate, but also how safely it can operate. Factors such as how much power is required, the time required to charge, operating temperatures, operating environment, packaging dimensions and weight are all examples of key parameters that must be considered. The Material Handling / Motive Power battery market requires some of the highest power products In the world, so safety is a necessity.

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Lithium SAFEFlex: Maximize Your ROI

Lead-acid batteries tend to slack off as they approach the end of their shifts. As lead-acid batteries get close to the end of their cycle, they produce less and less voltage, meaning that lift times get longer. By contrast, the Green Cubes Technology Lithium SAFEflex battery system provides constant power during its cycle time. With a battery that works hard until it needs to recharge, companies can recapture lost efficiency and a gain a return on investment in less than a year.

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Lithium SAFEFlex

For over 30 years, Green Cubes Technology has helped OEMs safely convert from lead acid systems to the right lithium technologies for their operations. Among the many providers of lithium solutions, we stand apart for our precision-engineered conversions of industrial tools, small electric vehicles, hospital systems and telecom towers. Our reputation and years in the business stand behind us to keep us innovating and driving ahead.

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