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Mr. Julian Seume with Wiferion Talks about Wireless Charging and Increasing Your E-Vehicles Availability
11th March 2021 • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie • The Industrial Talk Podcast with Scott MacKenzie
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In this week's Industrial Talk Podcast we're talking to Julian Seume, Chief Marketing Officer at Wiferion about "Wireless Charging and Increasing your E-Vehicles Availability by up to 30%". Get the answers to your "Innovative Charging Solutions" questions along with Julian's unique insight on the “How” on this Industrial Talk interview!

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Welcome to the industrial talk podcast with Scott MacKenzie. Scott is a passionate industry professional dedicated to transferring cutting edge industry focused innovations and trends while highlighting the men and women who keep the world moving. So put on your hard hat, grab your work boots, and let's get All right. Welcome to the industrial talk podcast absolute, again, absolute honor that you have joined this particular platform that celebrates you, as I take my pin and I point to you on the video, you are an industry hero, you are bold, you are brave, you dare greatly your solve problems, you innovate, you're changing lives, and you're changing the world. celebration is what we do here on the industrial talk podcast. All right, in the hot seat, we have a gentleman by the name of Julian zoomy. And he's with a company called wiper Ron. And we're talking this is pretty cool. This is cool technology. This is cool innovation. We're talking wireless power, inductive charging for your E fleet. But it's not that it's how they design and how they are able to do that. You're gonna love this conversation. Let's get cracking. See, this is what's so cool, right? industry as a whole industry. We always talk about innovation. But here's a company, why phoron that's taken inductive charging, and just taking it to the next level that keeps your assets up and running your E assets up and running 30% up to 30% more, that's money in your pocket. That is value, baby. All right, before we get cracking with the interview, again, I want to be able to tell you a little bit about industrial talk 2.0. And it's a redesign. But we all you know, we you know, we do the podcast, you know, we do the videos, you know, we do the blogs, you know, we do all of the stuff, we host we do all of that stuff. But we are just sort of reconfiguring industrial talk so that you can find information and you can find it easily and you can collaborate, you can educate, and you're going to be able to find these individuals that you can innovate. Like why for Ron right here, you're saying to yourself, Scott, I need to be able to look at that solution. Boom, industrial has it for you reach out, boom, see, everything that you possibly can try to the team here at industrial talk really is trying to work at making it easy for you to get stuff done. Because we're all about that education. We're all about the collaboration. We're all about that innovation and working with companies that embrace those values and recognize in this new normal, this next normal, whatever this normal is that we can't do it all on our own. We've got to collaborate. We've got to find companies that saying, Yeah, yeah, I'll work with you. Let's get this stuff done. That's what we're looking for. That's what we have out on industrial talk. Because it's just going to have to be that way going forward. It's it's, it's an exciting time. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But I want to be able to find people who want to get stuff done. Alright, let's get a kurakin. Wiferion, is the company so let me look at his. This is Julian Seume. You're gonna say Scott, it's not spelled with a Z. It's not it's s e u m e Julian's first name, Ron is w i f e r i o n. And you can go out to Julian's LinkedIn stack card. Impressive, as always, like everybody else. And being the chief marketing officer, he brings the pepper in this particular conversation and pretty bad. I just once again, just as I look at the other screen, once again, the innovation, the technology, then what companies like wife Ron are doing is just spectacular. I don't know, man, do you get chills up and down your spine? I do. And if I had hair I share my hair with tingle in my head would tingle but I don't and so it doesn't. But anyway, wife run wireless charging systems. And in the video, if you look out at the video, you'll see just these, like these little plates, he's holding it. And these plates are just powerful solutions for your E, your, your E fleet, your your, and it just starts there, man, you start pulling on that thread of the solutions that can be provided. And it's never ever ending. It is just God. It's an exciting time. All right. You don't want to hear me continue to Yammer on remember, industrial talk. 2.0 Be on the lookout for that one. All right, here is Julian Seume. Julian, welcome to the industrial talk podcast. How are you doing today?


I'm awesome. Thank you, Scott. How you doing?


We'll see. See listeners. He's got a lot of pepper in him. That's what I like about him. Julian, a lot of In fact, that's his last name, pepper. Seume. Did I get that right?


You got a perfect but today let's let's keep it


easy because I'm sitting there going, quote quote quote unquote that doesn't. And listeners you're gonna say I want to be able to spell his name correctly, it'll all be out there on industrial Don't worry about the pronunciation. That's my problem, not yours, but you do need to reach out to this gem because he's got a mad stat card out there. And I love what we're going to be talking about the the tech, which is really cool. And then the company is why fire on and that's again, don't worry about it my responsibility. It'll be out on industrial talk calm. Alright, Julian, for the listeners out there. Give us a little background of where you come from why you're such an incredible professional, then we're going to go into this particular topic that I think I'm pretty, pretty excited about.


Yeah, awesome. Let's do so my name is Julian, and that's keep it away. I'm working at a company in Germany, where we coming from, it's called Wiferion. But Wiferion is also fine. And what we're doing is what we do is actually we do call inductive charging pads for making energy transfer over the air without any contacts and not thinking about your your electrical toothbrush, or your your smartphone. We talking about big industrial robots, agvs cars that move themselves that are driven by batteries. And we would like with the solution we would like to discuss today. We want to make it easier to get energy and power into your batteries without any contact


with Julian that that has that been done before in the past?


I mean, the honestly, the technology was developed by Nikola Tesla, maybe some people know from the computer game, I think common and conquer where you have those Tesla power stuff. Yeah. So basically, it's 160 something years old, right. But let's say to have pushed into such a small footprint with that high efficiency. It was not done in the last couple of years in depth, high efficiency and power when we do so. But everybody knows. Maybe we get a very little hint that the smartphone stuff used nowadays. Yeah,


almost no one is plugging anymore. Everything comes you put it on a little desk, you put it into your car, and there's a little mat in there, which says inductive charging. I'm charging your phone now. And basically that's what we do, but with much more power for other vehicles.


Yeah, this inductive, by the way, apparently, I'm one that does not use inductive charging for my cell phone. I still plug it in, I still run around trying to find that plug.


But one question. Are you brushing your teeth with an electrical toothbrush?


Yeah, but it's it's driven by a battery.


Okay. Okay.


Try Julian, I'm trying to leverage the inductive technology. But the funny thing about that cell phone. And I'm sure some of the listeners out there can can embrace this, when that little plug gets bad. And you try to just sort of extend the life of it. And then you sit there and you'd sort of stay. I'm looking forward to the inductive solution.


Wow. And that's actually it's the same issue. If you're running a forklift or something that needs to be plucked after the shift. Just imagine you are the work of the next shift. And the stupid guy from before it didn't pluck the correctly come down with shit. My equipment is not ready. So I got to go to the manager and say, I'm sorry, can't work. The equipment isn't ready. So that's basically some of the things we're going to talk today. And that's what how we want to solve issues about plugging in cables, or, yeah, things like that. So.


So we're talking about inductive in general, macro, high level inductive charging. And we're talking about the technology to be able to do that in an industrial setting. forklifts, other other large equipment within a manufacturing floor, let's just sort of lay that out, and, and keeping the assets charged in a way that they're productive. And so the overall, what was the overall thinking behind the company and why this is so important.


Yeah. So we looked at what happens in the industry and actually the industry is removed from its revolutionizing. It's basically everything is moving now it's going to be flexible. There's robots and ATVs and industrial trucks moving from gasoline into electric. So we saw there's a huge benefit, because at the moment the standard technologies that are charging those electric vehicles, they are either on a cable, which is quite strange if you think about an autonomous truck or an autonomous VIERA this completely alone and can drive me crazy, amazing, intelligent, smart things. But then in the evening needs to drive somewhere where a guy goes and plugs a cable. I mean, that's, that's not what we really think it's a complete solution. So we thought about what can we do with the technology available? And we found four very smart guys were actually researching on a PhD level, how can we make those kinds of inductive charger very efficient. And in the end, we basically came up with a little plate that is just 10 by 10 inches. Just keep holding that up.


If you're looking at on the video, this is this is it looks cool, right? Got a great smile, but it looks cool. So don't get distracted by the smile. And that's all it is.


That's basically what what do you put on in the in the ground or on the ground or on the wall of your manufacturing location. And then you have a similar plate on the vehicle. And basically, the only thing is having the two, the two plates not kissing each other, but getting very close to each other. And then immediately starting communicating and transferring energy without any additional help from from a guy or from software. So that's all full automatic. And the cool thing is there's no context in between. So there's no wear and tear, there's no cables to be plugged in, just the two plays need to get close to each other communication, hey, I'm a vehicle I need energy. And then we generate a magnetic field. And the magnetic field basically charges, vice versa, then the battery in the vehicle.


So I'm a human being. I make, hopefully, dumb decisions. It's not my fault. It's just my species. So I sit there and I say, that's pretty cool. I get it to content, you know, I can get real close. How do you? How does your company prevent me from getting too close? Or too far away? And I, I optimize that distance so that I'm optimizing the charging, and I'm not banging into it, or I'm not that far away. How does that happen?


Yeah, I mean, there's it's quite simple. First of all, the guys who are driving forklifts, if it's a manual driven forklift, there's super good and driving forklifts, they can actually I think they can drive less than an inch if they want, because, you know, they were really amazing in the in the warehouse in the in the manufacturing supply chain. But honestly, the best case where this latest stuff is really amazing is at the autonomous driving. So if you have autonomous driving fleet AGV, that is actually the smart component in the process, that it has scanners and and never then navigation technology, which makes it easy. And we have quite a big, let's say chance of being not in a perfect distance. And that's our experience, no problem at all, it's even a much easier, because compared to other solutions where you have, for example, one of the competition solution, which is on the market is a contact charger, which is it's available since I think the 1980s or 75, or something. So it's it's good, it's traditional, it works. But you have to be exactly on place, you have to push, you have to hit perfect. And if you do, if you are a manual driver, sometimes an interest too much, or even the technology of of the scanning and the navigation software of the self driving ATVs they need to be very precise. In our case, there's like inches left the right enough space, we don't need to be 100% accurate, just close to it. And then we will the thing will do the thing.


Seeing that that's pretty good. So your your inductive solution allows for the human very ability and be able to achieve the objective that is necessary to charge that be keep that asset moving and doing what it needs to do to be productive. Now, it's an interesting stat that I have here. It is fleet availability of your industrial II vehicles v e by up to 30%. So your solution keeps that asset delivering its benefit up to 30%. Is that correct?


I mean, that's that's correct. Then of course, that's that's a marketing talk, but it's a real marketing talk because it's reality. So what what we do have that and that's the difference to other solutions in the past but you had mentioned you have your forklift, you have your forklift driver and he runs a full shift and after 678 hours the battery is empty which is fully fine. Yeah, those two t goes to a charging spot maybe drives whatever 500 meters, stops there gets the battery into the park says goodbye. And the forklift is basically staying there for four or five hours to be fully recharged again. What we do is we basically because that so easily to be implemented the grounds on the floor and on actually on locations where the fork driver is stopping anyway, and there's no petitioner let's say job to be Done with a cable in, let's imagine he has a five minute single break, or you need to go for the restaurant or he has a break for the cafeteria for 30 minutes. No one nowadays drives to forklift 500 meters to the charging location proccing, the charger cable for maybe 20 minutes of breaks? Yeah, go back to the cafeteria. And so what we basically want to do is we're going to implement the charging in the process where he anyway stops, if he stops for unloading the dock. And there's a certain stopping time because the truck is changing, then he has five minutes of standing time, or maybe only two. And as it's fully automatic, and there is no trick, chances are, there's no wear and tear and things like that. It's basically done automatic that the driver doesn't have to think about charging.


And you know, that's huge. Julian as the listeners, I want to make sure that that point is sort of crystallized. And it's just the charging,...