Battery-Changing Robot

Nov. 11, 2009
Intell-A-Changer is a microprocessor-controlled system that automatically charges, changes and helps maintain industrial batteries. The system incorporates fully automated battery changing technology, along with battery charging, watering and cleaning stations. This all-electric, customized system is equipped with PLC control of the system’s robotic movements that load and unload batteries without human intervention. Laser technology is used for down-aisle position sensing and for creating a protective barrier that helps ensure operator safety. Proprietary system software maintains records of battery activity, including service and life cycles, maintenance intervals and vehicle usage.Lift truck operators are the only ones to interface with the Intell-A-Changer during a battery change.  Therefore, no additional battery department personnel are required for battery changing or charging.  The Intell-A-Changer is an alternative to expensive “hot shoe” fast charging systems that require major investments and can compromise the lifespan of expensive fast-charge batteries. Operators are protected from possible hazard, because the system requires them to remain at a safe distance. The Intell-A Changer system also includes a laser “curtain” that will automatically stop all system motion if any worker or vehicle enters the changing aisle.