Solar power for materials handling systems

Stab-a-Load is the first company in South Africa to offer a solar powered system for materials handling equipment. The solar powered system enables the client to operate Stab-a-load pneumatic dock levellers, motorised sectional doors, truck restraining devices and LED lights without being connected to the buildings main electrical supply.

The system won the Best Product – Under R1 Million Award at last year’s Green Supply Chain Awards*.

This solar powered solution can be retro-fitted to existing Stab-a-Load pneumatic dock levellers and motorised sectional doors. Benefits include reduction in electrical reticulation and running costs, supporting customers’ corporate sustainability initiatives and will operate in “black out” conditions i.e. power cuts and low UV light penetration. 

Deep cycle AGM batteries give approximately 40% – 50% reserve capacity, enabling the equipment to remain operational for up to 5 consecutive days in the event of total unavailable UV light depending on the operation. Testing has shown capability to operate without sunlight for up to 5 days at a rate of 8 – 10 cycles per day.

The primary objective of a Solar System is to develop a self sufficient loading dock. Each loading bay i.e. pneumatic dock leveller, sectional door, powered truck restraint and dock light can be operated singularly or by a master control panel where the equipment is interlocked with a sequenced operation.

The Solar panels can either be roof mounted or wall mounted depending on the application. The number of solar collectors and deep cycle AGM batteries required are based on the power requirements and local solar radiation levels.

Stab-a-Load will supply pricing, based on requirements, upon request.

* The Green Supply Chain Awards are a joint initiative of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport: South Africa (CILTSA), the Consumer Goods Council of South Africa (CGCSA) and Supply Chain Today magazine, and are awarded annually to South Africa’s top environmental industries.

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