Inductive Charging for AGVs from Stäubli WFT

October 13, 2020 Tiera Oliver

The technology group and developer of automated guided vehicles (AGV), Stäubli WFT, entered into a partnership with Wiferion as the  supplier of inductive charging technology.

According to the company, in future, all autonomous vehicles from Stäubli WFT will be available with the etaLINK 3000 series inductive battery charging system. By integrating the wireless charging solution into its systems Stäubli WFT is reacting to the increasing customer demand for intelligent charging concepts.

Per the company, the patented drive technology of the vehicles enables omnidirectional mobility and therefore more flexibility and energy efficiency. In order to be able to offer its customers flexible designs of its solutions, Stäubli WFT relies on the inductive battery charging systems from Wiferion.

Fig 1. All Stäubli WFT autonomous vehicles are available with the Wiferion inductive battery charging system.  (Stäubli WFT)

With the etaLINK 3000 from Wiferion, the AGVs from Stäubli WFT can be supplied with energy without contact, even during short stops, according to the company. The charging process starts automatically within one second with 3 kW power and an efficiency of 93 %. Downtimes outside the process due to charging phases are eliminated, enabling 24/7 operation. In addition, the omnidirectional approachability of the charging points as well as the robustness and maintenance-free nature of the charging solutions are decisive factors for integration into the AGV.

For more information, visit: Stäubli WFT

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Tiera Oliver, edtorial intern for Embedded Computing Design, is responsible for web content edits as well as newsletter updates. She also assists in news content as far as constructing and editing stories. Before interning for ECD, Tiera had recently graduated from Northern Arizona University where she received her B.A. in journalism and political science and worked as a news reporter for the university's student led newspaper, The Lumberjack.

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