Written by Maria Beck
VARTA Storage offers standardised VARTA ASB (Application specific battery) range for applications in the industrial and robotics fields.
From electrically driven forklift trucks, sweeper machines or humanoid robots, in industrial production halls, it is extremely important to have the right power supply. The energy provided must be high-power and reliable. Lithium-ion batteries are considerably more efficient and powerful than the lead acid batteries that are still widely used today. For example, with 100 watt hours per kilogramme, they have three times the energy density of a lead battery.
As well as tailor-made battery solutions, the Power division at VARTA Storage now also offers the ASB range: standardised ready-to-use lithium-ion battery packs designed for use in the “industrial/robotics” area.
Easy Bloc, part of the VARTA ASB range, is a high-capacity, rechargeable lithium-ion battery that is precisely tailored to use in robot devices. Customers receive a battery solution that can be used immediately. No external battery management system is needed. The battery is available with a 24-volt voltage. Two further sizes are being planned, with the result that all industrial applications can be covered – from forklift trucks to logistics robots to pallet trucks in the warehouse. Additionally, several units can be connected in parallel, which further increases capacity.
The advantages are clear: “Developing a separate, individual battery solution involves an expensive and lengthy process. It can easily take a year, and costs add up to six-figure sums” says Gordon Clements, General Manager from VARTA Storage. Such a procedure is not needed for every application. With the standardised VARTA ASB range, VARTA is also offering start-ups and small companies the option of using the tried and tested VARTA battery quality. For 130 years, the VARTA brand has stood for experience in battery development and the highest safety and quality standards.
As well as the VARTA ASB range, VARTA also offers the standardised EasyPack S to XL and PLUS series for smaller applications such as medical appliances or mobile payment terminals. Last year, the VARTA EasyPack XL flew to the ISS, where it measured the muscle tension of the astronauts in a medical appliance.
VARTA Storage is an affiliate of VARTA AG and develops and produces lithium-ion battery packs for various applications, as well as stationary energy storage systems for households and commercial applications.
About VARTA AG
As the parent company of the Group, VARTA AG is active in the business segments Microbatteries and Power & Energy through its operating subsidiaries VARTA Microbattery GmbH and VARTA
Storage GmbH. Already an innovation leader in the microbattery sector and a market leader for hearing-aid microbatteries, VARTA Microbattery GmbH also aspires to market leadership for lithium-ion batteries. VARTA Storage GmbH focuses on the design, system integration and assembly of stationary lithium-ion energy storage systems for households and commercial applications as well as customized battery storage systems for OEM customers. The Group’s operating subsidiaries are currently active in more than 75 countries around the world, with five production and assembly facilities in Europe and Asia as well as distribution centers in Asia, Europe and the United States.