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TT-965: Importance of Battery Compartment Maintenance

Models Affected: All battery extractors and carriages If not properly maintained, the condition of battery stand and forklift battery compartments can have negative effects on battery extractor or carriage operation. Compartments in poor condition increase the force required to transfer a battery leading to unnecessary stress on extractor components. Description: In order for a battery extractor or carriage to operate at its highest efficiency, the battery stands and forklift compartments (which batteries are being transferred to and from) should be well maintained. Faulty rollers result in the batteries being dragged across them requiring substantially more force to move the battery in and out of the compartment. Slide strip compartments by design require more force to remove and install a battery.…more

Regulating Hydrogen in the Battery Room

The most dangerous thing in your battery room isn’t sulfuric acid. It isn’t even forklift batteries themselves, despite their crushing weight. The truly hazardous byproduct of charging batteries is invisible, tasteless, and odorless. It is lighter than air. And even a relatively small volume of it can cause a serious explosion. We’re talking, of courses, about hydrogen. Battery charging areas must include vigorous ventilation systems to keep hydrogen from accumulating. That’s the message we hear from the full alphabet soup of industrial regulatory agencies, from OSHA to the NFPA. Forklift Battery Gassing: Estimating the Risks Governmental safety regulators have a good reason to require ventilation for charging areas. Hydrogen reaches its “lower explosion level,” or LEL, at a concentration of…more

BHS Assists Dealer to Dramatically Improve Fortune 500 Company’s Motive Power Capacity

Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS) manufactures high-performance battery room equipment, but they rely on a vast network of dealers to bring that equipment to customers. This partnership has been key to BHS’ growth since the company was founded in 1979. BHS Products Discussed in This Case Study Automatic Transfer Carriages Portable side extraction Completes battery changes in only 3-5 minutes Mounts to existing lift truck, limiting costs Provides immediate battery handling capabilities Battery Roller Stands Heavy duty construction provides quick, reliable storage Spark-proof, poly-sleeved roller bed eases battery movement Standard charger shelf included Drip Pan Kits Contain battery drips and spills, protecting stands and floors Side extraction for easy cleaning Corner-formed, stainless steel construction prevents leakage Can be equipped with…more

Solving the Forklift Battery Room Power Puzzle

A lot of disparate pieces go into an efficient battery charging area, especially when it comes to power distribution. Facilities should be free to add and remove chargers whenever they need to, without the expense and delay of bringing in electricians for every change. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just plug in a forklift battery charger like a lamp? Simplifying charger installation creates a flexible, hassle-free battery room, and saves considerably on electrician’s fees — which brings us to our next point. Managing the Forklift Battery Charging Budget Let’s start with the most important piece of the battery room power puzzle: your budget. Hard-wiring a battery room is a huge job for a hired electrician, and that huge…more

Electrical Distribution for Forklift Battery Rooms

Every battery room has distinctive power requirements, but these can change as operations grow. Don’t just wire the charging areas for your current needs; plan ahead for future changes — or, even better, ongoing expansion. Powering The Fleet’s Power Source Think of the battery charging area as the power source for your entire forklift fleet. In a way, charging systems are simply efficient pathways for power to get from the grid into each and every lift truck. When you think about it like that, it’s easy to picture the volume of electricity you’ll need to plan for. Of course, you don’t just need to power your chargers — you’ll also need to provide electricity for ventilation systems, battery handling equipment,…more

BHS Introduces the Mobile Battery Wash Cabinet

March 8, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri – Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of battery handling and warehouse equipment, recently introduced the Mobile Battery Wash Cabinet (BWC-1-M). This portable battery wash solution gives service providers the ability to clean forklift batteries on-site at any facility. Battery wash cabinets clean harmful contaminants from a battery’s surface, which extends the life of the battery and prevents lift-truck electrical problems from developing. The BWC-1-M is equipped with heavy duty fork pockets, allowing it to travel anywhere a forklift can take it. Standard lift trucks lift the unit and maneuver with ease, dropping it off on-site at customer’s facility or simply repositioning it in the battery room. “Clients love it when battery…more

Designing a Better Forklift Battery Room

So you’ve decided you need a new battery room. Maybe your current battery charging area is outdated, or perhaps your fleet is just now large enough to justify the expense. Regardless of the reason, your new battery room’s success depends on a great plan — from choosing the ideal location to optimizing equipment. Battery room planning tools from BHS help you distribute your budget the smart way, ensuring that your forklift fleet stays fully powered, shift after shift. Forklift Battery Rooms: Asking the Right Questions Start by figuring out your facility’s precise motive power requirements. That’s actually a more detailed task than it sounds; here are just a few of the questions you’ll need to answer before you even begin…more