Whether aircraft parts, car bodies or ship propellers – in industry, heavy loads are often transported automatically to processing stations by automated guided vehicles (AGVs) or floor conveyor vehicles (FCVs). Intelligent inductive charging technology is needed to operate these systems efficiently. With its Wireless Charging Protection System (WCPS), the PUK Group is launching a charging protection infrastructure that delivers safe contactless power transmission even in demanding environments.
Cable routing experts at the PUK Group, in partnership with Wiferion, have developed the new WCPS charging protection infrastructure for the etaLINK inductive battery charging system. WCPS is a coordinated system for the special requirements of modern industrial electric vehicles that protects the charging electronics from environmental influences. Its robust design and flush-floor integration make the solution particularly suitable for environments with intensive load cycling. “In the manufacturing industries, the level of automation and associated desire for performance-enhancing energy concepts are particularly high. However, transport vehicles weighing tons have been a limiting factor in the integration of our wireless charging technology. By working together with the specialists at PUK, we can now also serve this segment,” says Johannes Mayer, Managing Director of Wiferion.
Two components for maximum protection
WCPS is a charging protection enclosure system that serves as a functional extension of PUK’s cable routing systems, combining tested functionality and optimum usability. The system consists of two components: the infinitely adjustable charging protection housing, which accommodates the charging pad, and the heavy-duty duct, which reliably protects the cable. Both units are connected via a quick connector. Visible or concealed cable routing variants are possible. Further flexibility is provided by the ability to retrofit the system in existing environments with minimal intervention in the existing structure. The protective cover is made of a heavy-duty and very thin PCX material, ensuring extremely high resistance to pressure, impact and shock. The maximum load capacity of the system is 15 kN. The WCPS is designed for retrofitting industrial buildings, but can also be easily integrated into new construction projects with an additional formwork body.