The BattRecon Cloud Based Battery Servicing Systems:
AUTO SEQUENCE MODE OPERATION
US Patent 9,166,435 B2
The Cloud Based System has two basic operational modes:
Manual Mode and Auto Sequence Mode.
Manual Mode:Is used when the operator wants to perform only one function to the battery, such as Charging, or applying a BattRecon De-sulfation process, or discharging the battery.
Auto Sequence Mode:Is used when the operator wants to apply (connect) more than one functional device to the battery, without having to move the battery between devices.
A typical battery servicing process requires a large degree of battery technician labor, training, experience and supervision. The technician might place the battery on a charger, but often the battery charger pathway is obstructed by other batteries, or the charger is simply busy charging another battery. Once charging, the technician must monitor the battery and when the charge is finished, again shuffle batteries to move the currently charged battery off the charger.
Once the battery is charged, it must be re-positioned to the discharge tester. Again, the discharge tester pathway may be obstructed by other batteries, or another battery may still be discharging. If that prior battery discharging test carries on into non-business hours, then the current battery discharge test must wait until the next day.
The conventional battery servicing process moves a lot of batteries back and forth between different devices, creating lots of un-necessary expenses, and often taking an excessive amount of time. With the BattRecon Service Robot, you can increase your battery servicing productivity and dramatically lower your service costs!
As can be seen from this brief example, the process of servicing a battery is labor intensive and often delays the servicing process for days or weeks, extending delivery times and slowing a shop operator's cash flow, or unnecessarily increasing the facility's labor costs. In addition, management often struggles to match their labor requirements to the workflow within their facility. Often a shop manager is faced with inadequate labor during peak months, while suffering excess labor capability during slow months. In either event, the marginal cost to service each battery increases, while shop or operator profitability diminishes.
The new BattRecon Cloud Capable Series of Devices were designed to reduce labor and training expenses, while maximizing the battery service operators' profitability, or facilities savings for battery end user's providing their own battery services. The BattRecon Auto Sequence System is designed to allow virtually anyone to connect the battery to the BattRecon System with one "single point" connection, then press a "start button" and go about another task for the entire duration of the planned battery service!
When your shop is really busy and you are in need of extra labor, simply roll out the BattRecon Cloud Based Robotic Service System and plug the battery into the machine. Then login to the BattREcon Cloud and select a saved "Auto Sequence" profile and press the start button. That's It!!! Now go about another task such as a pick up or make a delivery, make a sales call, ... or simply go to lunch.
With BattRecon, you have 24/7 access to your "BattRecon Robot!"
You can monitor the battery's progress, review the data during the process, start or stop the process, change the parameters, or share the process with the client, ... or even the battery manufacturer's representatives if you need technical assistance or a warranty validation!
In the illustration above, on the right hand side you will notice one tab labeled "Manual, and an adjacent tab labeled "Auto." To enter AUTO SEQUENCE MODE, you click on the AUTO Tab, then a drop down window appears listing all of the pre-programmed auto sequence individual elements. These elements are simply individual MANUAL MODE functions, sequenced to be connected to the battery in a logical order determined by the Cloud Operator.
Auto Sequence Differs from Manual Mode in that each individually sequenced device may have multiple, and different parameters, for each individual sequential use of the device. As an example, the operator may want to discharge test initially to 1.7 VPC, then several sequences later, discharge to 1.75 VPC.
Once an Auto Sequence profile has been selected, then the process begins and a drop down window shows the list of functions within the sequence, and the progression point of that sequence. The window also displays the status of each sequential step, the current and voltage of the battery, the time duration selected and the time remaining of that sequential function. If at any time the operator chooses to stop the sequence, then the simply press the ABORT button.
The BattRecon Manual/Auto Sequence Functional Mode Selections:
The BattRecon Load Discharge Tester: is an internal device that simplifies battery discharge testing by using only one transistor, 7 specially designed load bank resistors, the system processor and the Cloud Software. This simple - low cost design, is lightweight, portable, easy to repair and fully cloud compatible. It is so unique that the design was recently awarded a US Patent! The system performs an impedance test upon the battery and cables, which is displayed on the machine LDC display, in the Cloud display and in the exported data.
The BattRecon De-Sulfation Mode applies the patented Eco-Pulse electronic process to the battery. The recommended time duration of Eco-Pulse on most batteries is 5 minutes. The recommended Pulse Peak Amps will vary between battery types and operating conditions. The system is internal and the operator may vary the parameters as necessary to maximize the battery's performance.
The Charger By-Pass Mode: The use of your (external) charger is often preferable, yet the BattRecon System needs to monitor the battery and battery charger metrics in order to control the sequence. In order to do that, BattRcon Systems allow the connection between the battery and the external battery charger to "pass through" the BattRecon Machines using an aircraft quality, high current, Charger By-Pass Contactor.
To use the Charger By-Pass Mode, the operator connects the battery charger to a special port on the Battrecon Machine. From then onwards, the battery is connected to an opposing port on the BattRecon machine for re-charging. When the BattRecon Cloud commands a Charger By-Pass Mode action, the Charger By-Pass Contactor closes connecting the external charger to the battery. The external charger may then use it's internal charging profile to charge the battery. When the battery voltage (VPC) metric is achieved, then the BattRecon Cloud will command the interruption of the Charger By-pass Contactor to the open positon, terminating the charge.
The Battrecon Internal Charger: uses the Patent Pending BattRecon Charge Power Supply, which is defined as a Multiphased Flyback Power Supply, simply put, an advanced switchmode power supply with stackable and incremental power output characteristics. This power supply was initially designed to reduce electrical "flyback" characterizes of applying high current pulse signals to a battery. As the current from the BattRecon power supply is stopped relative to the current flow into the battery, an instantaneous reverse current (Flyback) is created. This flyback is normally captured and dissipated as heat in other brands of chargers/de-sulfation systems. BattRecon however, captures this flyback and re-cycles it back to the battery greatly increasing the efficiency of the charger.
The Internal Auto Sequence Mode: is a firmware managed sequence that consists of a Charge - BattRecon De-Sulfation Process - Load Test. When this button is pressed in Manual Mode, or selected in Auto Sequence Mode, then those three firmware fixed sequences are applied to the battery using the Manual Mode Parameters.
The Impedance Mode: is a function used on some BattRecon systems that do not typically use a Load Discharge Testor. This mode will use a special combination of electronics and software to perform an impedance test of the battery and interconnecting cables.
The Turn Banks Off Mode: allows one COMMAND to reconnect both Bank A and Bank B.
The Turn Bank A and Bank B On Modes: are used to electrically isolate, Command and Control two separate battery banks. This function is normally used in Telecom/Cell Towers, UPS back systems, the Shipping Industry and other multi-bank battery industries.
The Stop Mode: is used to either provide a "Hard Stop" to the end of an Auto Sequence, or more likely, to place a pause between functions for s certain period of time.