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Battery Handling Systems, Inc. Expands Offerings At MODEX 2016

Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading provider of battery handling and warehouse equipment, will offer comprehensive demonstrations of their latest products at the upcoming Manufacturing and Supply Chain Expo, or “MODEX.” The trade show will be held April 4-7, 2016 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Attendees interested in booking a tour, either of BHS Battery Handling Equipment or of the growing collection of BHS Warehouse Equipment, can email the company at marketing@bhs1.com. MODEX has been called the “Greatest Supply Chain Show on Earth.” It brings together representatives from the top 850 manufacturing and supply chain suppliers in the United States — and beyond. “We look forward to MODEX every year,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing Manager at BHS.…more

TT-964: Operator Aboard Battery Extractor Magnet Mount Update

Models Affected: BE models with magnet extraction (not including SS or MS units) Battery Extractor (BE) magnet mount design has been updated. As of November 2014, the magnets are now mounted on independent bearing assemblies. The new mounting design reduces the number of parts in the assembly, increases the simplicity of the assembly, and adds durability and reliability. Description: The previous magnet mount had the magnets mounted on each end of a common shaft which ran through the arm. The assembly contained four screws which tensioned the magnets on the shaft. Previous Tech Tip #949 explains the importance of properly maintaining these “load adjusters”. If the load adjusters become loose, the magnets are allowed to fall forward which can lead…more

BHS Expands the Reach Of Battery Wash Services with New Mobile Wash Station

February 25, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri – Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of battery handling and warehouse equipment, has added mobility to the benefits of their battery wash stations. The new Mobile Wash Station (MWS-47) from BHS allows companies to wash forklift batteries wherever they’re found. Battery wash stations are a cost-effective solution for extending the life of batteries and reducing lift truck electrical problems. With the Mobile Wash Station, this solution can travel to the limits of a forklift’s reach. The MWS-47’s steel fork pockets make it easy to transport wherever it is needed. “We are committed to finding ways to improve the convenience of our products without giving up anything in terms of safety,” said…more

Washing Forklift Batteries and the Law: What You Need to Know

Washing forklift batteries is a simple maintenance task, but like so many warehouse operations, this activity is subject to serious legal regulations. Don’t let that scare you away from the job; washes extend the operating life of your batteries and lift trucks, plus they keep your workplace safer. But it’s crucial that you obey the law when you wash batteries. There are two major pieces of legislation that govern industrial battery washing, and they’re familiar names for anyone in the warehousing business: The Occupational Safety and Health Act, which includes OSHA regulations, and the EPA’s Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). First, we’ll take a look at the RCRA. An RCRA violation can trigger enormous fines and possibly even criminal…more

Using Battery Wash Equipment to Optimize the Washing Process

You know you have to wash your forklift batteries, but what’s the best way to go about it? The right gear can save your operation time and money, while preventing costly accidents. Here are a few guidelines for creating a battery wash procedure that’s simple, effective, and affordable. For optimal safety and efficiency, choose an automated solution. Washing forklift batteries by hand is not only time-consuming and tedious, it may also expose your staff to corrosive electrolyte spray. For large forklift fleets, hand-washing batteries is practically impossible. Automated equipment provides a safer and more cost-efficient way to wash your batteries, no matter how many forklifts you have on the floor. Operating a BHS Battery Wash Cabinet (BWC), for instance, is…more

Safety Tips for Washing Forklift Batteries

If you want to keep your forklifts running at peak efficiency, you must wash your batteries. But washing forklift batteries isn’t without its challenges. The runoff from the process is full of acid traces and heavy metals that aren’t safe for your employees. Luckily, there are some simple solutions to increase safety during battery washes. By following these tips, you can keep your employees well, your costs down, and your operation doing what it does best: working. Provide plenty of personal protective equipment (PPE). Any employee who uses a battery wash station needs to be outfitted with certain articles of PPE to keep them safe. That’s not just a good idea, it’s also the law. Regulation 1926.441 from the Occupational…more

Why Washing Forklift Batteries is a Crucial Maintenance Task

With all of the day-to-day tasks involved in running a warehouse, it can be easy to overlook a crucial part of your operation: preventative maintenance. Forklift batteries must be washed regularly to keep your fleet profitable. Establish a strict washing schedule for your batteries and stick to it. You’ll see the following benefits in no time: Longer Battery Life – During regular use, forklift batteries lose a tiny amount of electrolyte. Over time, this acidic sludge builds up and acts as a conductor, creating a constant, low-level discharge. Even worse, acid can corrode terminals and shorten the operating lives of batteries. Regular, thorough cleaning removes caked-on electrolyte to extend your batteries’ lives by as much as 50 percent — and…more