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Understanding LEED Certification and Forklift Battery Rooms

With the introduction of 2013’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Version 4 (LEED v4), it is less complex than ever for U.S. warehouses and distribution centers to obtain certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED certification provides numerous operational benefits, including lower energy costs and eligibility for governmental incentive programs. Measures of sustainability such as LEED certification are also a priority for clients. A 2013 study from HEC Paris, a French business school, reports that 93 percent of surveyed companies consider sustainable procurement to be “critical,” or at least “important.” Ninety-one percent of the multinational companies surveyed weigh social responsibility when choosing their logistics suppliers. Existing facilities can acquire certification through the LEED v4 Building Operations and Maintenance…more

Going Green in the Lift Truck Battery Room

The first Earth Day was celebrated 45 years ago. In honor of this global environmental movement, BHS is focusing our April blogging on going green in the lift truck battery room. Our blogs touch on reducing energy consumption, recycling wastewater, preventing acid spills, LEED certification, and more. The blogs will also point you toward various BHS products that can help your facility level-up environmental friendliness. Check out our latest video, “Going Green in the Lift Truck Battery Room” for an overview of this month’s blog topics.

Building a Green Warehouse with Better Battery Handling Practices

Environmental sustainability in warehousing is more than a socially conscious trend; it is quickly becoming an industry-wide mandate. Green warehousing has reached the mainstream, as is evident from recent sustainable storage facility commitments from major corporations such as Walmart Canada and Goodyear. Energy efficiency consultants often focus on the most visible ways to reduce consumption, emphasizing high-efficiency lighting, solar panels and rainwater management. These are all great ways to save money and reduce your operation’s carbon footprint, but given that battery charging comprises around one tenth of a warehouse’s total electricity costs, reducing energy use through innovative battery handling equipment is an important — and often overlooked — part of any green initiative. Here are a few tips to enhance…more

Green Battery Washing Practices for an Eco-Friendly Storage Facility

Of all the forklift battery maintenance tasks required to keep a fleet running at peak efficiency, battery washing may pose the greatest environmental challenge overall. Battery wash wastewater is heavily contaminated with a variety of pollutants, including: Sulfuric Acid Lead Copper Rust (Iron Oxide) Particles Dirt and Organic Matter In order to comply with green initiatives (along with federal, state and municipal environmental regulations), every storage facility needs to establish consistent practices for forklift battery wastewater disposal — along with additional practices to contain splash and runoff during washes. The most ecologically friendly option is to clean and recycle all wastewater on site, dramatically reducing water usage while keeping groundwater safe. Why Battery Washing is an Important Maintenance Task If…more

Avoiding Forklift Collision Damage in Cold Storage Warehouses

According to the industry journal Frozen Food Age, forklift collisions are more frequent in cold storage warehouses than in traditional facilities — partially due to the unique challenges of operating in colder environments, but also due to unique issues that tend to accompany warehouse design and layout in these operations. As forklift accidents can damage equipment or infrastructure, cold storage warehouses need to limit incidents in order to see a better return on investment (not to mention a safer work environment). The good news is that in many operations, a few key improvements can make a dramatic difference without heavy expenses. Industry experts recommend the following ways to reduce damage from forklift collisions: Separate Forklift Traffic with Appropriate Structural Barriers…more

Promote Staff Retention in Cold Storage Facilities with Better Equipment and Practices

For managers of cold storage warehouses, employee retention is nothing short of essential — it’s a crucial factor in developing a leaner, more efficient operation. Unfortunately, lift truck operators in cold storage facilities leave for other positions more frequently than equivalent job holders in conventional warehouses. The turnover rate for material handling positions in the refrigerated storage industry has soared as high as 40 percent according to industry publication Frozen Food Age, and while analysts have not published exact data on the causes of this disparity, the discomfort of working in subzero temperatures is clearly a contributing factor. Quoted in the trade journal Modern Material Handling in 2011, industry insider Perry Ardito put it this way: “Imagine you have to…more

Choosing Better Lift Truck Battery Management Practices for Cold Storage Warehouses

For cold storage facilities, accurate planning is critical. A difference of a few degrees can mean significant product losses, and a few inches of unused vertical space can translate to substantial operating inefficiencies. This is why most cold storage operations perform extensive calculations when choosing material handling equipment and infrastructure — a properly outfitted facility needs to maximize vertical space, match lift truck fleets with appropriate battery handling equipment, and manage safety while perfectly controlling temperatures. Temperature is an especially serious challenge for logistics managers when considering battery management practices. Many operations store different types of products at different temperatures; standard frozen foods might meet the Frozen Food Handling and Merchandising Alliance’s recommendations of 0℉, but some products such as…more

CNC Machining Means Precision and Efficiency

Computer Numerical Control, or CNC, machining is an umbrella term to describe various machining processes that are conducted by inputting data into a computer that controls the actual machining equipment. The computer uses software – often designed specifically for a certain object or task – to control the tool’s operation and track the raw material’s attributes. The computer controls and tracks things like feed rate, tool positioning, and orientation of the material while also precisely controlling how the tool manipulates the material. Numerically controlled tools were in use before contemporary computing existed, but the technology has exploded with advances in computing. CNC machining has allowed production facilities in many industries to streamline their fabrication and manufacturing processes and produce exact…more

Quality, Efficiency, Reliability: Reviewing Our Successes in 2014

2014 was an exciting year for us. We had many successes including launching new products, improving manufacturing processes, and starting several new development initiatives. In 2014, our entire team maintained our focus on providing the highest quality, most reliable, and most efficient products and services in the industry. Our successes would not have been possible without the dedication of the entire BHS team and our Dealer Network. Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making our success happen! Check out our 2014 Year-in-Review video for a look at our many shared accomplishments.

4 Reasons Powder Coating is the Best Choice

Powder coating is a form of painting using electrostatically charged powdered pigments. The charged pigment is attracted to the grounded components. After spraying, the components are heat-treated, which liquefies the powder and creates a smooth, even film that bonds with the component surfaces. This technology has been in use for more than 60 years and provides many benefits over traditional liquid paint. Powder coating is the best choice for BHS manufacturing because it efficiently produces a high-quality, precisely applied, durable finish. Here are four reasons why powder coating is the best choice:  Powder coating is more environmentally friendly. Low-to-no Volatile Organic Compounds or Hazardous Air Pollutants Overspray can be reclaimed and reused and most pigments are landfill-friendly Air used in…more