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Eliminating Lean in Forklift Battery Changers

For operations that keep a large stock of forklift batteries, there’s no more efficient storage system than multi-tier racking. Coupled with an operator aboard industrial battery changer, system stands take advantage of vertical space to vastly reduce the battery room’s footprint, which leaves more valuable square footage for revenue-generating warehousing services. When you go vertical, though, you compound the risk of vehicle lean. The difference in elevation between the left and right wheels of your battery changer compounds drastically as the vehicle ascends to access batteries on higher shelves. Operator aboard battery changers are similar to very narrow aisle (VNA) lift trucks in this way: Even a minor difference in elevation between the left and right wheels of VNA trucks…more

How to Avoid Acid Damage in the Battery Room

Forklift batteries are essentially giant tubs of acid. While you can’t prevent the occasional drip or spill, you can — and definitely should — protect your floors and equipment from the caustic effects of battery electrolyte. According to the Portland Cement Association, concrete is particularly vulnerable to acids. Acidic liquid drains into the pores in concrete and eats away at flooring. This is disastrous in battery rooms, where forklifts and battery handling equipment require smooth, superflat floors to function efficiently. It’s not just the floor you need to worry about; crucial battery room equipment is also vulnerable to corrosive residue. Make sure you protect the following at-risk items from acid spills and boil-overs: Battery stands, especially when not protected by…more

Your Battery Room Floor is No Place to Cut Corners

Operator aboard industrial battery changers need a smooth, flat surface for safe travel. Unfortunately, the extractor’s travel path is exactly where batteries tend to drip electrolyte. If you have a bare concrete floor, that’s a recipe for disaster. The reason is simple: acid destroys concrete, and the sulfuric acid found in battery electrolyte compounds the problem with a corrosive sulfate attack. Over time, this can create pitted, uneven flooring, right where it will cause the most damage. Even if your floor is spotless, a minor change in elevation can cause battery handling equipment to lean, which isn’t safe. Some operations try to get around these issues by embedding a steel plate along the battery extractor travel path. That’s not a…more

Efficient Battery Rooms Start On The Ground Floor

There’s one easy way to tell how efficiently a battery room is operating — just look down. Battery room floors that are pitted, cracked, or uneven can tell you a lot about the operation as a whole, and what they have to say isn’t good. For flawless battery changes every time, you really need a flawless floor in the battery room. Here’s why: Forklift battery changers need a perfectly flat, level surface to safely bear the weight of industrial batteries, which can add up to many thousands of pounds. This is especially key if your facility stores batteries in multi-tier racks. When vehicles travel, the distance that they lean can increase by three or four times, according to research published…more