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Improved Storage for Forklift Batteries and Chargers

A common and enduring myth claims that concrete floors can siphon the energy out of lead-acid batteries. Fortunately, it isn’t true — but there are plenty of other reasons to keep forklift batteries off of the ground. Efficient battery rooms use tiered storage systems and forklift battery charger stands to complete change-outs quickly and safely. For most facilities, dedicated battery stands are the safest and most cost-effective way to store forklift batteries. When properly configured, they offer numerous advantages. Some of the major benefits: Multi-tier forklift battery stands require less floor space. In the warehousing industry, square footage translates directly into revenue, and there’s no reason to waste space on forklift battery storage. Double, triple, and quad stack system stands…more

BHS Introduces Turnkey Solutions for Park & Charge Applications

September 22, 2015 — St. Louis, Missouri — Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling and battery changing equipment, introduced a turnkey collection for park & charge applications this month. These battery charging accessories include safety equipment, infrastructure and battery maintenance devices to create ideal park & charge stations for facilities of all sizes. “BHS offers much more than battery changers, and we’ve developed a comprehensive set of products for park & charge applications,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing Manager at BHS. “We offer turnkey solutions that optimize productivity, protect equipment and keep workers safe.” Park & charge equipment from BHS includes key supports for chargers, such as Structural Barrier Rails (SBR) and Charger Stands (CS). With heavy…more

TT-961: BTC Brakes

Models Affected: All BTC Models Proper use of the Battery Transfer Carriages (BTC) floorlock and vector brakes. Description: All BTC models utilize two different braking systems. On the left and right of the carriage are the vector brakes. At the rear of the carriage is one or two floorlocks, depending on the size of the carriage. BTC-18 and BTC-24 models will have one floorlock. Larger units will have two floorlocks. Recommendation: The floorlock(s) on the BTC are simply “parking brakes” and should only be used to secure the BTC when it is left unattended. Locking the floorlock(s) in place to secure the BTC during battery transfer could result in damage to the floorlock(s) and possible loss of load if failure…more

What is Forklift Battery Gassing and How Do You Manage it?

Next time you’re in the forklift battery room, look up. You should see an extensive system of vents and ducts above the battery stands — if not, it’s probably time to redesign your charging area. Battery room ventilation systems remove the excess hydrogen that can build up above charging batteries. But why do forklift batteries leak hydrogen? Understanding the causes of battery gassing demystifies the charging process, which can help you run a safer and more efficient battery room. Batteries produce hydrogen as a natural part of charging, and it’s actually a pretty simple process to understand. When you connect your forklift battery to an active charger, electrical current passes into the flooded battery cells. This influx of energy reverses…more

Why is Forklift Battery Rotation Management Important?

If you don’t rotate your car tires, you can expect to pay for early replacements thanks to premature wear — and likewise, you’ll need a good forklift battery rotation schedule to get the most out of your forklift fleet. The benefits of battery fleet management systems are well documented. Fleet management software provides a clear plan for battery rotation, helps managers trim battery collections to the demands of their fleet, ensures the completion of key maintenance tasks, and provides vital data that can be used to improve overall productivity. Still, many facility managers don’t implement strict battery rotation schedules, which can have substantial long-term consequences. If you neglect forklift battery rotation, here’s what you can expect over the lifespan of…more

How Lead-Acid Forklift Batteries Work

Electric lift trucks made up 64 percent of the U.S. forklift market last year; by now, it’s likely that some (or all) of your fleet runs on lead-acid battery power. When you’re used to seeing electric forklifts zip around a facility every day, it’s easy to take their power source for granted. However, the lead-acid forklift battery is worth considering in some detail. It’s a fascinating technology, and understanding the basic science behind forklift batteries will help you implement effective battery maintenance programs and improve the efficiency of your entire fleet. Lead-acid forklift batteries provide voltage between two output terminals with a series of electrochemical reactions. Here’s how the process works: Three substances interact within the cell of a lead-acid…more