Battery in a backpack brings freedom of movement to concrete consolidation

30 January 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202017688

Construction, Civil & Structural Engineering

WACKER Neuson has launched what it says is the world's first internal vibrator with replaceable battery as a backpack system.

According to the company, the battery-converter backpack makes it possible to work without a power cable. “This means new freedom of movement for the end user and a high level of operating comfort during concrete consolidation. The powerful lithium-ion battery offers power for a whole workday,” the company said in a statement.

The powerful lithium-ion battery is inserted in a converter backpack (ACBe). The operator thus carries the power source directly when working, eliminating the need for long power cables.

Battery in a backpack brings freedom of movement to concrete consolidation

“In large areas in particular, this saves the operator a great deal of time compared to cabled internal vibrators where the internal vibrators or converter have to be moved to a closer power source. In addition, the operator can move around freely, because he does not have to pay attention to cables or protection hoses lying around.”

According to Stefan Pfetsch, Managing Director of Wacker Neuson Production GmbH, this offers an additional safety aspect, especially when working on scaffolding and formwork. Safety risks from power cables in wet concrete are also completely eliminated.

“We have been one of the leading providers within the range of concrete technology for decades. With the battery-powered internal vibrator system, we have now developed a world's first,” he said.

“We are the only provider on the market to offer a battery backpack with a replaceable battery. Our customers can therefore use the same battery from other construction equipment from our product portfolio as well or continue working with a second battery while the first one charges. We are offering our customers a very flexible and convenient solution for concrete consolidation as a supplement to our existing portfolio.”

The weight is evenly distributed thanks to the compact dimensions of the backpack and the padded shoulder and hip straps. The required converter, which guarantees a protective low voltage of 34 volts, is integrated into this backpack. The battery is inserted into the backpack in just a few easy steps with no tools required. This make it possible to quickly change the battery at any time.

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