Looking for ways to be more efficient with warehouse space and product deliveries, and to reduce the physical demands on your drivers?
Unloading a trailer without use of a pallet jack can be slow and inefficient—not to mention physically demanding on the delivery team. Shipments of pre-wrapped loads on pallets, on the other hand, can be off-loaded using liftgates and electric pallet jacks quickly and without placing an additional physical stress on delivery drivers.
To meet these needs, today’s leading delivery companies want intelligent systems to keep liftgate and electric pallet jack batteries charged without impacting the tractor’s ability to start.
Companies often run the pallet jack all day, then take the pallet jack out of the trailer to the warehouse charging station at the end of the day. This is both time consuming and a waste of valuable warehouse space. Not to mention, it also subjects the pallet jack batteries to continual deep discharge, resulting in much shorter lifespans for these batteries.
The TAPS (Trailer Auxiliary Power System) was designed to combat this problem by converting DC power from the tractor to AC power in the trailer. This allows the pallet jack to be plugged into an AC power receptacle within the trailer and be charged from its onboard charger, eliminating the need for designated warehouse space for electric pallet jacks. This has the added benefit of keeping the batteries at a higher state of charge, which can help reduce the need to constantly water the batteries and improves overall battery life.
The TAPS only operates while the tractor is running, so it does not impact the tractor’s ability to start while keeping the pallet jack batteries at or near a 100% state of charge. The electrical systems in the tractor and trailer are kept in balance so that both operate as designed.
The TAPS has been embraced by major beverage companies and other major fleets throughout the USA. The system is designed to be easily installed and requires little maintenance. To learn more about how the TAPS can improve your deliveries, visit the TAPS page or contact us today.