Mobile workstation manufacturer Newcastle Systems on Tuesday introduced a line of light lithium-ion batteries designed to replace the lead-acid batteries traditionally used to power mobile carts.
Newcastle, based in Middleton, Mass., said the new batteries, which will be sold in packs of four, would make it easier for workers to push the workstation carts around the warehouse or distribution center. The carts do not have a self-propelling function, meaning they must be moved manually. Newcastle acted in response to feedback that the carts containing the heavy lead-acid batteries encased at the bottom of the cart were too arduous to push.
The new batteries will cost significantly more than the lead-acid batteries. However, they have a five- to seven-year useful life, as compared to the 18- to 24-month life of the typical lead-acid battery, Newcastle said. The lithium-ion batteries will also be easier to maintain and recharge as workers would no longer be required to remove the covers that serve as the traditional batteries' encasements, Newcastle said.
Separately, Newcastle introduced a powered picking cart that it said will offer significant picking capacity while providing eight hours of on-board power for a small printer, scanner, and tablet.