Industrial batteries power industrial vehicles’ onboard equipment and can also be used to power electrically powered industrial machinery. These batteries offer long operating times and efficient recharging solutions. A forklift fleet that operates in a warehouse depends on reliable power sources. Such a fleet will need daily recharging as well. Therefore, a battery that offers cost-effective operation is a prerequisite in such an environment. EIE Group not only supplies industrial machinery in South Africa, but we also feature a selection of Hawker industrial batteries to power industrial equipment.
The fundamentals on which industrial batteries are built are electrochemistry. Electrochemistry is the study of the relationship between electricity and chemical change, with either generation or degradation of electricity being the outcome of a particular chemical change. The purpose of battery cells is to generate and store electricity. This is why batteries have either primary or secondary cells. Primary cells offer a longer operating life, but cannot be recharged, which means that the cell cannot be cycled. Secondary cells are rechargeable, which makes them ideal for industrial use.
Industrial batteries use either dry or wet cells to generate electricity. Dry cells use a paste electrolyte, while wet cells use a liquid electrolyte. Wet-cell batteries served as a precursor to dry cells and require topping up throughout their recharging cycles. Wet cells are also called flooded cells, since all internal parts are covered with the liquid in the cell. They are also sometimes called vented cells, as they produce gases that leave the battery though escape vents. Hawker’s Water Less 20 industrial battery employs wet-cell construction and is a low-maintenance power package for industrial machinery.
The Water Less 20 can operate for up to 100 cycles before a top-up is required; this is equivalent to roughly 20 weeks of operation. Other wet-cell industrial batteries regularly need liquid top-ups, with weekly top-ups nothing out of the ordinary. The Water Less 20 is therefore a more cost-effective and efficient solution from the outset, compared to other standard industrial batteries. This battery also features a handy level indicator to inform you when the electrolyte level is low. With all these added benefits, Hawker industrial batteries can be ideal to power the industrial machinery in your business.
Hawker employs the AirLift principle in the Water Less 20, which is an electrolyte-circulation system for the vented cells. This pipe system is fitted in the cells and delivers a low-rate airflow from a diaphragm pump into the battery. In turn, it circulates air within the cell box to prevent electrolyte stratification and to optimise cell charging. Electrolyte circulation also reduces recharge times for the cells, serving as a cooling system for the cell box to ensure optimal performance and maximum battery service life. Hawker’s Water Less 20 industrial battery offers an ideal solution for battery-powered industrial vehicles.
We have the necessary industrial solutions to elevate your business to the next level of efficiency and productivity. Our range of equipment includes warehouse material-handling equipment and truck-mounted cranes, with a variety of industrial batteries to power these machines. For more information, please contact EIE Group with any enquiries.
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