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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, as forklift battery handling equipment evolves, more mechanical systems are present within each piece of machinery. The most efficient battery rooms for high-throughput applications combine multiple tiers of charging stands with a heavy-duty Operator Aboard Battery Extractor, which moves both horizontally and vertically to change out batteries efficiently. With the introduction of multiple axes of movement, manufacturers of battery handling…more

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 a few years ago, a facility that ran 100 batteries probably spent around $50,000 in chargers. That price has only increased since 2010, when trade journal DC Velocity printed the estimate. Productivity depends on well-protected battery chargers, and safety starts at installation. Follow these storage tips to make sure that your chargers provide reliable service for as long as possible:…more

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…more

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 have to do with your forklift battery room? The warehouse industry is on an upward trajectory, so now’s the time to prepare your battery charging area to handle growing fleets. Here are five tips to prepare your operation for expanding battery handling capacity at a moment’s notice: Track battery usage to anticipate your future needs. You can’t tell where you’re…more

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…more

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…more

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 a battery charger requires repair or replacement, the lost time can get even more expensive. Unorganized battery charging equipment can also create serious safety risks. Staff should be able to easily disconnect electrical equipment for repair or maintenance without risking contact with live conductors — as you might imagine, that’s only possible in a spacious, well-planned system. Finally, charger panels…more

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 to sustainable expansion by maintaining a constant footprint, regardless of how quickly the battery fleet grows. A 2008 survey by Cranfield University found that battery rooms make up less than 7 percent of the total floor area of the typical warehouse. In order to stay that small with an increasingly larger fleet, take a cue from traditional pallet racking: maximize…more