10 Apr Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) Launches ACTfirst Industrial Battery Room Management System
La Mirada, California, April 8, 2019 —
Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) announces the launch of ACTfirst, an industrial battery room management system. ACTfirst is a state-of-the-art battery room management system that utilizes ACT Quantum chargers, BATTview battery monitors, ACTintelligent cloud-based asset management program and a proprietary Best-One-First-Out (BOFO) algorithm to select the best battery to use for a given type of forklift or truck battery change.
The Best-One-First-Out (BOFO) algorithm is an intelligent battery ranking algorithm that selects the best battery for use based on battery state of charge (SOC) at end of charger cycle, total AHRs used during a preset period (i.e. 1 week), cool down time, battery temperature, and reported faults during charge cycles. Unlike conventional battery room management systems that employ a First-in-First-Out (FIFO) process, the new proprietary BOFO algorithm assigns scores to batteries using critical battery performance criteria to ensure equal utilization for all battery assets onsite.
“We are quite excited with the launch of ACTfirst as it reinforces ACT’s vision and leadership in cloud data management and controls,” comments ACT’s CTO, Dr. Nasser Kutkut. “ACTfirst leverages ACT’s deep cloud data management and analytics capabilities to select the best battery for each type of truck and ensures that all batteries are equally utilized,” adds Dr. Kutkut.
ACTfirst features wireless and remote monitoring and configuration, identifies intentional mis-picks, separates batteries with issues (parked batteries), and generates indepth battery room utilization reports.
To provide support for sites with non-Quantum chargers, ACT has developed CHARGlink, a smart accessory that enables ANY charger to integrate with the ACTfirst battery room management system. CHARGlink is an easy to install charger monitoring device and features Power Line Communication (PLC) and WiFi connectivity. It supports wireless and remote monitoring and configuration of any charger asset, seamless cloud integration with ACT BATTview battery monitor, and seamless cloud integration with ACTintelligent asset management program. CHARGlink provides detailed logs and reports of charger asset utilization and can be setup through a dedicated iOS and Android mobile app.
About ACT: Advanced Charging Technologies (ACT) is a high-tech company offering a complete line of battery management products including intelligent high frequency conventional, opportunity, and fast battery chargers, advanced battery monitors, and cloud-based monitoring and management solutions serving the ground support equipment and industrial motive power battery markets. ACT’s portfolio of battery and charging solutions are sold and serviced exclusively through the Deka Battery Dealer Network (East Penn Manufacturing Co., Inc.), the world’s largest and most modern independent battery manufacturer. Visit www.act-chargers.com for more.