Dashboard Offers Forklift Drivers Real-Time Truck Battery Status

16th January 2019

Logistics BusinessDashboard Offers Forklift  Drivers Real-Time Truck Battery Status

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. Orjan Eriksson, Commercial Application Manager Monitoring & Solutions at EnerSys EMEA commented 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 enhances management of motive power battery fleets, as each truck driver can easily see and understand their battery’s condition and associated parameters from their seat, in real time. They can therefore react immediately to optimise performance and prevent damage, if required.

Battery data is measured by wireless sensors located on the truck battery, and collected by a compact, harness-mounted Wi-iQ 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. This is especially important during battery changes, which can be performed without any additional setup overhead or delay. As the module starts up, the Truck iQ smart battery dashboard automatically recognises the battery’s ID.

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 prominent 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.

The driver can simply touch to unlock the display and access other, more detailed screens. One displays settings for communications and pairing, while another shows details for the battery, cycle status, truck data and warning history.