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Forklift Battery Handling Equipment for the Coming Year’s Budget

Improved battery room configurations and new equipment can yield big gains in productivity and profitability. As the end of the year draws closer, managers of large forklift fleets consider placing an investment in this type of infrastructure in the coming year’s budget. BHS custom designs its battery handling equipment for safety, efficiency, and lifetime cost savings. A complete system can make battery change-outs, charging, and washing a seamless process that keeps lift trucks running with less downtime.  Even a single piece of well-chosen equipment can make a big difference in a battery room. Carts and carriages are fine for operations that only require one or two battery change-outs per day. A BHS Automatic Transfer Carriage accommodates up to 20 change-outs.…more

Handling and Storing Construction Tools at High-Rise Building Sites

The hazards of working on high-rise construction projects have been well-documented. While self-climbing perimeter protection systems, or “cocoons,” protect workers from falls, there’s another safety risk that cocoons can’t eliminate: injuries involving construction tools. A safety guide from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health offers a few rules to keep construction tools safe: Cal/OSHA requires employees to keep tools “clean and in good repair.” Staff must be trained and experienced in the use of a tool before using it. All powder-actuated tools must be kept in a lockable container, which must remain locked unless authorized personnel retrieve or replace a piece of equipment. Power-operated tools must be kept away from moisture and wetness. While some of these rules…more

Improving Manure Management for a Safer “Manure Share”

Manure management has always been a problem for farmers. A little bit of nature’s fertilizer is a wonderful thing. When it accumulates in large stockpiles, though, the natural byproduct of munching cows can pollute the waterways and poison the air. Recently, farmers have introduced a novel way to distribute the 335 million tons of manure that America’s agricultural animals produce every year. These arrangements are called “manure shares,” and they harness the power of the internet to spread the world’s oldest organic fertilizer far and wide. Gardeners and vegetable farmers sign up, animal farmers share out the waste, and everyone goes home happy. In single-serving doses, manure works its nitrogen-rich magic on crops and gardens. Meanwhile, farmers avoid an environmental…more

Utilizing Vertical Space in E-Commerce Fulfillment Centers

Vertical space has been a hot-button issue in warehousing for a long time, but with the rise of e-commerce, boosting clearance height is virtually required for fulfillment operations to remain competitive. The increased value of vertical space in fulfillment centers stems from a sea-change in shopping culture, driven by online shopping. Mail-order catalogs like the iconic Sears, Roebuck, and Co. “Big Book” anticipated the current vogue for shopping at a distance. But unlike previous generations of shoppers, today’s online buyers expect lightning-fast turnaround, with two-day delivery quickly becoming the industry standard. That means fulfillment centers must be geographically closer to their markets. The larger the urban center, the more orders a provider can quickly get into the hands of buyers.…more

The Easiest Way to Carry Drywall at Construction Sites

Ergonomics in the construction industry has come a long way, but there are still materials that present particular handling challenges. Large panels are among the most difficult to transport and install; there’s simply no easy way to grasp them. At least with windows and other plates of glass, you can use a vacuum lift. Moving drywall is another story. Even on today’s construction sites, you’ll often see workers carrying drywall or plywood overhead, even resting the load on their hardhats. That’s a surefire way to develop musculoskeletal injuries like tension neck syndrome, tendinitis, and bursitis. So what’s the solution? Panel Carts for the Construction Industry Sometimes, the simplest solutions are the best. Move panels as close to the installation site…more

Customize Lift Tables for Any Task With Tabletop Attachments

A Lift Table from BHS may be the most versatile piece of material handling equipment in your facility. These hydraulic-powered lifts incorporate into just about any production line, they allow you to create variable-height work stations for any task, and, of course, they effortlessly lift loads of up to 6,000 pounds. In short, Lift Tables are an ergonomist’s dream. Thanks to a growing line of innovative tabletop attachments, though, they’re also the apple of any industrial engineer’s eye. While BHS can fabricate any tabletop you can imagine, the company offers ready-made solutions for common challenges in a range of industries. These existing designs, organized by application, should get your imagination going: Manufacturing – Assembly lines are constantly evolving. When you…more

When to Upgrade From Battery Carriages to a Complete Operator Aboard Battery Extractor System

When it comes to forklift battery change-outs, a small warehouse operation with just one or two forklifts can get by with minimal battery handling equipment. Portable battery transfer carriages take the risk and strain out of battery handling, and they continue to pay dividends — as long as your fleet isn’t too large. But as your business expands, you’ll need a more comprehensive system to keep up with your growing battery collection. It can be a painful decision to upgrade equipment. But efficiency gains quickly pay back initial investments, and a skilled installation team can make the transition seamless. So when does it become worth it — even mandatory — to make the jump to a system that can handle…more

Forklift Battery Handling Equipment for Smaller Fleets

Not every forklift user operates a vast fleet of hundreds. In fact, most don’t. A 2010 survey by industry journal DC Velocity found that the bulk of their respondents (57 percent) operated fewer than 25 lift trucks. Only 12 percent regularly used more than 100 trucks. The same survey uncovered another key statistic: almost 90 percent of the respondents said that their fleets included electric forklifts. When electric vehicles are in your fleet, care and maintenance of batteries becomes a crucial part of your operation. Battery handling equipment that’s up to the task is a must. For modest fleet-owners, that equipment probably includes a forklift battery carriage. But with so many models on the market, which one should you choose?…more

Battery Changing Solutions For Existing Pallet Trucks

Most of the published advice on forklift battery management is aimed at larger fleets. But what about the small operation — the kind that only runs one or two forklifts? Facilities with smaller forklift fleets — even down to a single truck — probably realize that an extensive forklift battery changing system doesn’t make sense for their bottom lines. After all, some users can go a couple of days without having to change out a battery. But even the single-truck facility needs an efficient means of swapping out batteries. Instead of a full Operator Aboard Battery Extractor System, managers in lighter-duty applications opt for a pallet-truck-mounted solution, like the Automatic Transfer Carriage from BHS. Truck-mounted battery changers meet the needs…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