Concentric’s New Automated Charger System Can Reload a Forklift Battery in 3 Minutes

The Carrollton-based company's COO calls the industry-first technology a "quantum leap forward." With plug-and-play, on-demand power, PowerHIVE is "scalable to every piece of equipment you operate today and tomorrow."

Carrollton-based Concentric is launching PowerHIVE, the first automated forklift battery and charger system that can reload a battery in just three minutes.

It provides on-demand, sustainable, and scalable battery power whenever it is needed, the company said.

Concentric said its newest innovation in equipment power management “marries automation with forklift battery systems”—eliminating the need to think about forklift charging or battery maintenance.

The three-minute battery reload will provide a safer, more cost-effective solution designed to support forklift operations in a way that’s easily scalable and flexible, the company added.

On-demand power

PowerHIVE can perform an automated forklift battery reload in just three minutes. [Photo: Concentric]

PowerHIVE doesn’t require any change to existing operations, ensuring unlimited supply of power at whatever velocity is needed, the company said.

“This is an exciting milestone for Concentric continuing our mission to deliver uninterruptible, guaranteed power to customers,” Concentric COO John Winter said in a statement. “PowerHIVE is a quantum leap forward. It provides plug-and-play, on-demand power that’s scalable to every piece of equipment you operate today and tomorrow.

“PowerHIVE unleashes your equipment to move at the productivity and velocity you require from day one until you retire the equipment,” Winter added. “Customers experience cost savings with less equipment, no equipment issues due to lack of power, peak energy savings, and less headache for their forklift operators.”

Concentric said that distribution and manufacturing facilities face a variety of challenges—from labor shortages and productivity to worker safety and sustainability.

PowerHIVE eases those challenges by providing a faster and safer equipment experience ensuring operators always have the battery power they need, the company said.

Power for every forklift type

“Forklift power is too often an afterthought, and facilities are numb to its negative impact on equipment and operator productivity, not to mention morale and safety,” Winter said.

“For facilities with multiple shifts, PowerHIVE delivers an automated and safe forklift power experience for every forklift type,” Antonio Mendonca, director of engineering, said in a statement. “The system eliminates the need to think about forklift charging or battery maintenance as operators receive a battery that’s ready to go in less than three minutes. Lithium and Hydrogen alone don’t solve your power issues as there are failure points in a one battery per forklift approach.”

An OnPoint Group company, Concentric is a national leader in DC power management and on-site maintenance for the material handling and critical power industries.

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