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Electric Forklifts at Construction Material Warehouses

Construction professionals are probably familiar with gas-powered rough-terrain forklifts, but electric counterbalance lift trucks are often the best option for indoor applications like a firm’s materials warehouse. Electric forklifts offer many advantages over the construction industry’s standard rough-terrain lift truck, at least when operating in a strict material-handling capacity on warehouse floors designed for such traffic. The benefits of going… Continue Reading

Forklift Battery Management for Manufacturers

The manufacturing industry can’t operate without adequate material handling systems, and, inevitably, those systems include forklifts. From replenishment to handling pallets of raw goods and finished products, forklifts provide the muscle that keeps manufacturing lines running. It comes as something of a surprise, then, that manufacturing facilities don’t always apply the same engineering interventions that they use to keep lines… Continue Reading

Preparing the Forklift Battery Room for DC Peak Season

Every retailer has a peak season, and distribution centers are no different. Certainly, the peak can differ between one outlet and another — an office-supply store may experience peak season during the final days of the summer, when parents stock up for back-to-school season, while most general ecommerce DCs brace for the winter holidays. Whenever peak-to-average order ratios soar, it’s… Continue Reading

BHS, Inc. Upgrades Key Component of Forklift Battery Lifting Beams

June 29, 2018 — St. Louis, MO — BHS, Inc., a leading provider of forklift battery handling solutions and warehouse equipment, is improving a crucial component in their established line of forklift Battery Lifting Beams. The swing gate hook assembly, which secures batteries to the beam for safe lifting, will be replaced by load-lok hooks beginning July 1. “The lock latch works better and is easier to use than the old style,” said Melissa Bowen of BHS Marketing. “Our engineers are always looking for ways to improve existing products, so when they found a better hook, they moved quickly to make the change.” Battery Lifting Beams attach to Gantry Cranes to create a safer, more stable grip on forklift batteries… Continue Reading

OSHA on Forklift Battery Changing Stations and Workplace Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) addresses industrial battery changing in Parts 1910 and 1926. More specifically, 29 CFR 1910.178(g) and 29 CFR 1910.305(j)(7) address changing and storage of industrial batteries while 29 CFR 1926.441 lists required safety measures during charging. Here’s a summary of the federal code. The Battery-Changing Procedure The change-out itself can be a dangerous process… Continue Reading

The HVAC Industry Guide to Forklift Battery Room Ventilation Systems

Even for commercial HVAC technicians, installing a forklift battery room ventilation system is rarely a common job. Many HVAC workers have never confronted this unique area of the industry. Battery room ventilation can be a difficult field to jump into; because of the risks involved with charging forklift batteries, hoods, ducting, and fans must meet strict criteria in battery charging… Continue Reading

Sustainable Forklift Fleets: Save Energy on Core Material Handling Tasks

Electric lift trucks are the best choice for green warehousing operations working to build a sustainable forklift fleet. But not all electric forklift fleets are equally green, and going electric is not a guarantee of sustainability. The switch from diesel or propane to electric lift trucks is a terrific first step in the effort to reduce a warehouse’s carbon footprint,… Continue Reading