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Comparing Hydraulic and Electric Power Sources for Forklift Battery Changers

Hydraulic power is frequently used for industrial lifting equipment, and the smooth linear force generated by hydraulic cylinders makes the technology a natural choice for machines that lift heavy loads frequently. Forklift battery handling equipment generally follows this tendency, and most of the machines at work in modern battery rooms use hydraulic circuits to provide their primary lifting force. However,… Continue Reading

How to Safely Store Forklift Battery Chargers

Battery room operators spend a lot of time researching the best ways to prolong the lives of forklift batteries. That’s a worthwhile goal, but don’t let it overshadow that other huge investment sitting in the battery room — the battery chargers themselves. OSHA regulations require protection for battery chargers, and there are significant operational costs associated with charger damage. Just… Continue Reading

BHS Introduces Dock Ramps and Yard Ramps

October 22, 2015 – St. Louis, Missouri – Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of battery handling and warehouse equipment, has introduced a series of industrial ramps to improve access for loading and unloading tasks. The new series contains both dock ramps and yard ramps, each of which are designed to eliminate forklift accidents and simplify vital loading and unloading tasks. They include 8-inch high steel curbs to keep forklifts safely on-target. The BHS Dock Ramp (DR) is a durable steel surface that secures directly at dock- and ground-level, providing safe travel for forklifts and/or pedestrians. The Yard Ramp (YR) shares the solid design of its stationary counterpart, along with solid rubber tires for full portability. Yard Ramps allow… Continue Reading

Five Tips for a More Scalable Battery Room

“Scalability” is a popular buzzword for logistics professionals, and the concept is especially useful for keeping warehouse operations competitive. It refers to the ability of systems — and, by extension, businesses — to expand as needed, with a minimum of added costs. Highly scalable operations can accommodate increasing demands without any effect on the quality of service. What does this… Continue Reading

TT-963: Proper ATC and WTC Mounting

Models Affected: All ATC and WTC Units To ensure proper and safe operation of an Automatic Transfer Carriage (ATC) or Walkie Transfer Carriage (WTC) the unit must be mounted properly to the host pallet truck, regardless of the mounting method being used. Description: ATC and WTC units can be mounted directly to the host pallet truck using one of two methods: Permanent mounting – The ATC or WTC can be welded directly to the forks of the host pallet truck. Semi-permanent mounting – An optional bolt-on kit (ATC/WTC-BLTON) is available to mount the carriage to the pallet truck via two steel plates which mount beneath the forks and bolt to the carriage, clamping the carriage to the pallet truck. This… Continue Reading

TT-962: ATC and WTC Fork Pockets

Models Affected: ATC and WTC Units with Fork Pocket option The proper and safe operation of an Automatic Transfer Carriage (ATC) or Walkie Transfer Carriage (WTC) when used with optional fork pockets. Description: ATC and WTC units can be permanently or semi permanently mounted to the host pallet truck. If a pallet truck cannot be dedicated to the ATC or WTC, optional fork pockets are available allowing the Carriage to be utilized without directly mounting it to the pallet truck (FP-C option). Fork pockets are also available for use with sit-down, counterbalance lift trucks (FP option). When using a unit with fork pockets it is important to ensure the pallet truck or lift truck is properly engaged with the fork… Continue Reading

Improving Access to Forklift Battery Chargers

Is the design of your battery room holding your operation back? As valuable as battery room space can be, you need to make sure to protect access to battery chargers and other crucial equipment when planning your layout. Crowded battery rooms detract significantly from operational efficiency by placing obstacles between workers and the equipment in need of standard maintenance. If… Continue Reading

Optimizing Vertical Space in the Forklift Battery Room

Warehouse space is at a premium. Between 2003 and 2012, U.S. commercial buildings added nearly 30 million square feet of warehousing and storage space, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. This increased demand forces facility managers to squeeze every available inch out of existing floor plans — especially in the forklift battery room. Battery rooms can contribute… Continue Reading