WiTricity, the global leader in wireless charging for electric vehicles, announced it has licensed its wireless charging technology to Wiferion, the leading solution provider for mobile, wireless power supplies for industrial e-vehicles. Wiferion develops wireless charging systems for a broad range of industrial applications, including automatic guided vehicles (AGVs), industrial trucks and mobile collaborative robots (AMR/Cobots), that showcase the increasing importance of autonomy.
“We are happy to see Wiferion join our other licensees to further the possibilities for wireless charging,” said Alex Gruzen, CEO, WiTricity. “We are proud to see our pioneering technology help fuel the future of industrial automation and look forward to partnering with Wiferion to accelerate growth in the industry.”
Powering Efficiencies and Minimizing Supply Chain Disruptions with Uninterrupted, Automated Operations
Wiferion’s contactless inductive charging systems portfolio supplies entire fleets of industrial vehicles with energy, no matter the voltage, current or battery type. Wiferion’s solutions are on the forefront of the shift to uninterrupted industrial automation—meaning AGVs, AMRs and other industrial vehicles have 32 percent more uptime through “in-process” charging, or charging during the workflow, rather than at the end of shift.
Not only do these technologies untether robots to enable hands-free, unattended factories, but with every industry experiencing supply chain disruptions, wireless charging can offer improved efficiencies. With the potential to continue 24 hours a day, seven days a week using a factory’s entire fleet without pause, industrial automation can help industries move past current supply chain disruptions to increase productivity.
"Already today, Wiferion's etaLINK wireless charging solutions are powering thousands of mobile robots around the globe. Having access to WiTricity’s patent portfolio will allow us to further sharpen our value proposition and accelerate the adoption of wireless charging in industrial automation,” said Florian Reiners, CEO of Wiferion. “We are looking forward to partnering with WiTricity in our mission to enable the electrified economy and set a standard for wireless charging applications."
In addition to offering more efficient energy supplies, Wiferion’s contactless inductive charging systems eliminate safety concerns due to open contacts, trip hazards and fire potential. Wiferion’s system has been designed into more than 100 different vehicles worldwide with more than 5,000 units sold globally, including installation in nearly all top European car manufacturing facilities.