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No Charging Downtime for AMRs, Forklifts, and Drones with Capacitive Power

In this episode of the Automation podcast, host Shawn Tierney sits down with Noam Geffen, Chief Business Officer of CaPow, for an in-depth conversation on the latest developments in CaPow’s groundbreaking technology. This episode provides an engaging discussion on how CaPow’s capacitive power solutions are revolutionizing power delivery for autonomous mobile robots (AMRs), forklifts, and drones.

Noam reintroduces CaPow’s technology, explaining how their capacitive power solutions offer significant benefits over traditional power delivery methods. He discusses the ability to deliver power efficiently and seamlessly while the robots are moving, providing 100% uptime for fleets. Through captivating case studies and insights into the technology, listeners gain a deep understanding of how CaPow is transforming the world of automation.

Tune in to learn about how CaPow’s innovative solutions are mitigating challenges such as charging downtime, fleet inflation, technical faults, and safety issues. Discover how CaPow’s technology offers exceptional benefits such as extended battery life, operational efficiency, and cost savings. Whether you’re an industry professional or an enthusiast, this episode offers a wealth of knowledge on the future of automation.

Podcast Transcript

Shawn Tierney: Noam come on and introduced us to CaPow, which is this amazing technology. I know many of you may not have caught that episode last year, so Noam, could you please reintroduce yourself to our audience and tell us what’s new and happening with your product?

Noam Geffen: Hi, Shawn! Thank you very much for having me again. My name is Noam Geffen, and I am the Chief Business Officer here at CaPow. Our company is based in Israel and is focused on capacitive power technology. We use capacitive power, which relies on electronic fields, as opposed to other wireless power delivery solutions that typically use inductive or magnetic fields. Our team consists of experienced professionals in electrical and power engineering. 

Our technology aims to solve issues related to energy inefficiencies in automation, such as charging downtime, fleet inflation, technical faults, and safety concerns. We want to provide constant power to fleets while they move, enabling 100% uptime for all units. 

Let me explain how it works: we install a floor antenna that the robot travels over. The robot has an antenna on its underside, allowing it to receive power while moving. Currently, we provide 500 watts and will reach 1.5 kW by the end of the year.

Our technology allows us to auto-tune on the fly, adjusting to the best available energetic station while the robot moves. This dynamic wireless charging solution allows for seamless integration and compatibility with various makes and models of robots, forklifts, and even drones.

Our strategic placement of antennas allows us to achieve 100% uptime with minimal coverage of the facility. The placement is calculated using a software tool called Floor Planner, which analyzes the facility layout and robot types to identify the most strategic locations for antennas.

We’ve also conducted a successful case study with a large manufacturing industry operator. They were able to achieve 100% uptime and reduce operational losses caused by charging downtime.

Regarding safety, the antennas are completely safe to walk over, even while robots are charging. We also have software tools like GEMS (Genesee Energy Management System) that aggregate data from robots and facilities, allowing for proactive maintenance and alerts for issues such as misalignment.

Overall, our technology dramatically decreases the cost of ownership for automation solutions by saving on charging downtime, fleet size, battery size, and operational expenses.

Shawn Tierney: Can you touch on how your technology benefits drones and hoist crane systems?

Noam Geffen: For drones, one of the major challenges is flight time, as they often need to land for charging. Our capacitive power technology allows drones to hover near antennas placed on shelves or other areas, extending flight time significantly.

For hoist crane systems, we use similar antennas that can be installed along rails, providing energy as the system moves. This can eliminate the need for extensive charging downtime and keep systems operational for extended periods.

Shawn Tierney: Thank you for explaining all of that, Noam. I’m sure many listeners are interested in your technology. How can they get in touch with CaPow to learn more?

Noam Geffen: Thank you, Shawn. To learn more, listeners can visit our website at capow.energy or contact us directly.

Shawn Tierney: Thank you, Noam. It was a pleasure having you on the show, and I hope to have you back next year to discuss your future improvements.

Noam Geffen: Thank you very much, Shawn. I look forward to it!