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Case Study: IC to Electric Forklift Conversion

Customer Name: Stemco   
Location: Rome, Ga.

What is the situation?

Stemco was provided with an IC to electric forklift solution by MCP and a Forklift Partner that would substantially reduce their operating costs and at the same time eliminate their carbon foot print.

What were the challenges/alternatives?

Stemco’s operation was running two 10 hour shifts, five days a week, with an aging fleet of (10) Internal Combustion (IC-LPG & CNG Sit down forklifts). This was producing a sizeable increase in cost of ownership with respect to annual repair/fuel budgets. The incumbent forklift dealer was profiting significantly on the deterioration of the IC Forklift Fleet. Stemco reviewed a possible electric forklift conversion in the past but baulked at the idea due to the multiple hefty batteries that required changing, concern for safety related issues and the associated costly and cumbersome changing equipment. 


What was the solution?

Using proven Infinity High Frequency Charging technology this allowed operators to charge industrial batteries at times of opportunity. This also eliminated the need for multiple batteries and the associated costly battery changing equipment. The conversion process began with a facility survey and power study. Training was also conducted with an electric forklift comparable to their IC Forklifts to determine the correct specifications needed for their application. After determining the correct requirements that matched their production needs, Stemco was presented with Return on Investment (ROI) Comparison of the IC to Electric Forklift Conversion. The ROI reflected enormous annual savings that allowed them to convert their (10) IC Forklifts to (12) Electric Forklifts.

How is the solution working?

Stemco is elated at the outcome! They completely eliminated their IC forklift carbon foot print at a significant cost savings that allowed for an increase of production that will sustain a 15 % growth factor in next couple of years. This conversion process will be a show case model for the rest of the facilities nationally. Georgia Power lowered the overall cost per KWH, paid for building wiring upgrade of various 480V/3 Phase drops and a reduced cost on a required transformer as an incentive for the conversion process.