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Efficient Forklift Battery Watering Without Single Point Systems

Integrated Watering Systems are the gold standard for watering forklift batteries. For industrial operations that have the means to install them, these automated watering systems are a great investment. But what about the many, many facilities that aren’t ready to move to a single point system? In 2015, industry publication Modern Materials Handling reported that 70 percent of North American forklift users still water batteries by hand. Is there a way to keep forklift battery water levels perfectly within spec, without resorting to time-consuming and hazardous methods of watering batteries? Of course there is. You just need the right equipment. Here’s a rundown of everything you’ll need to water forklift batteries as safely and efficiently as possible — without investing…more

Developing a Forklift Battery Watering Strategy that Works

Ask any battery room operator how often to water forklift batteries and you’ll probably get one of two responses: “Check them once a week and water as necessary,” they’ll say. Or they might say, “That depends.” The second response is about as accurate as it is frustrating, which is to say, totally. The fact is, battery watering can be tricky to nail down. It’s a good idea to start with weekly checkups and go from there, but ultimately, establishing an ideal watering schedule will take some experimentation. Watch out for the three major efficiency killers when you’re figuring out your watering routine: Don’t overwater. This can cause damaging boil-overs during charges. Don’t underwater. When cells dry out, they lose capacity…more

BHS Offers New Solutions for the Storage and Transportation of Compressed Gas Cylinders

October 17, 2016 – St. Louis, MO — Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS), a leading manufacturer of industrial battery changing and warehouse equipment, now offers a line of material handling solutions for compressed gas cylinders. The Cylinder Transporter (CT), Cylinder Transporter Cage (CTC), and Cylinder Storehouse (CSH) allow businesses to store and transport large numbers of compressed gas cylinders safely, in compliance with industrial regulations. The storage and handling of compressed gas cylinders are regulated under OSHA standard 1910.101, which requires businesses to adhere to the rules described in Compressed Gas Association Pamphlet P-1-1965. That publication instructs staff assigned to handle gas cylinders to use “a suitable truck” to move cylinders “even short distances.” “Compressed gas cylinders can be downright…more

Prevent Boil-Over with Forklift Battery Watering Tools

Forklift battery boil-over is sometimes accepted as a standard risk of battery room management, but overflow incidents are far from unavoidable. In fact, if your operation has encountered multiple boil-overs this year, you should evaluate your equipment and make sure that you’re adequately outfitted. Boil-overs are dangerous for workers — and expensive for facilities. When battery acid contacts a sealed floor, it quickly eats away at the seal, causing long-term damage that eventually necessitates floor replacement. As we’ve covered in other articles, battery rooms require perfectly flat and level floors, so repairs or replacement can be prohibitively expensive. Battery acid can also damage lift trucks and battery casings, so to safely operate your facility, you need to manage your risks.…more

Sackett Systems Found to Have Plagiarized Battery Handling Systems (BHS) on Numerous Counts

October 13, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri – Battery Handling Systems, Inc. (BHS), a leading provider of material handling and battery changing equipment, finds that their competitor, Sackett Systems, has copied BHS copy content and products. On October 7, 2016, BHS filed a complaint against Sackett Systems for copyright infringement as 63% of Sackett Systems’ Forklift Battery Room Best Practices, posted on their website, was a verbatim copy of BHS’ article Battery Room Best Practices. Sackett Systems is also found to have copied a product of Battery Handling Systems, a sign indicating Battery Changing Area. The sign is an original design of BHS’. BHS’ attorneys have sent a letter to the executives at Sackett Systems’ with request to cease and…more

Assessing Seismic Standards for Forklift Battery Handling Equipment

In 2014, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) released a new round of Seismic Hazard Maps. According to these documents, the general risk of earthquake damage is far more widespread than previously supposed. Forty-two of the 50 states “have a reasonable chance of experiencing damaging ground shaking from an earthquake in 50 years,” according to a report from the USGS that accompanied the latest maps. Warehouse managers should pay attention to these findings. Earthquakes can be especially harmful to forklift battery rooms. Businesses that depend on electric forklifts must choose battery handling equipment that can withstand the force of an earthquake, even in regions that are not traditionally associated with heavy seismic risk. Identifying the most durable battery handling equipment,…more

Forklift Battery Watering: Striking the Right Balance

Watering forklift batteries can sometimes feel like a high-wire act. Add too much water and your risk of boil-over skyrockets; too little, and dry cell takes hold. Stray just a little in either direction, and you’ll find yourself plummeting into a financial pit. That’s because either of those outcomes will wreak havoc on battery life spans. To keep electrolyte levels perfect, establish a battery watering routine that will allow you to extract every drop of power out of your forklift batteries. Here are a few tips to get you started: Choose a battery watering system that matches your fleet size. Integrated Watering Systems are the gold standard of forklift battery watering devices. These automatic systems thread throughout your battery stands…more