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TT-960 AcidSorb Pillows for Drip Pans

Models Affected: All Battery Stands with Drip Pans Safer and simpler drip pan maintenance Description: As discussed in Tech Tip TT-908, proper drip pan maintenance is imperative to increase drip pan and stand longevity and protect battery room personnel from hazardous conditions. Drip pans are in place to catch and contain any battery boil-over produced during charging as well as acidic water draining from a battery transferred to the stand after washing or watering. If not monitored and maintained, the drip pans can become over-filled leading to damage to the pans, stands and battery room floor, as well as creating a hazardous environment for battery room personnel. In order to simplify drip pan maintenance, BHS now offers AcidSorb Pillows (ASP)…. Continue Reading

TT-948: Spare Parts Kits

Models Affected: All Spare Parts Kits Availability Description: Despite routine daily inspection and scheduled preventative maintenance, eventually parts will fail, even with the engineered durability of BHS equipment. When parts inevitably fail, having spare parts on hand can be the difference between minutes of downtime for a simple part replacement versus a day or more while new parts are obtained. Spare parts on hand can save time and money. Save time by making a repair with parts from inventory on hand without waiting for parts to arrive. Save money by shipping parts in before they are needed instead of paying expedited shipping charges or courier charges for emergency same day shipments. Recommendation: BHS has recommended spare parts for all transfer… Continue Reading

TT-916: AC Phase Sensitivity

Models Affected: All Operator Aboard Extractors Extractor Motor Runs but All Functions Move Slowly (If at All) and Pump Creates Little to No Pressure Description: The extractor motor is phase sensitive and will run in reverse if wired out of phase. With the motor running in reverse, the pump also runs in reverse creating little to no pressure. If ran for an extended period of time in the reverse direction, irreparable damage to the pump will occur. Repair: To verify if the motor is running in reverse, remove the access plate on the pump-to-motor adapter and check the coupling rotation against the correct rotation indicator marked on the adapter. To correct phase reversal, switch two of the three hot leads… Continue Reading

TT-917: Drive Wheel Failure

Models Affected: All Operator Aboard Battery Extractors. Difficulty or Inability for Operator Aboard Battery Extractor (BE) to Move when Loaded Unless Pushed to Start Description: The BE is driven by two drive wheel assemblies. If one wheel assembly fails, it is possible for the BE to travel unloaded with little or no trouble. Once loaded however, the BE may be difficult or even impossible to start moving without pushing it with a lift truck. Once moving, the BE may travel normally until coming to a stop and require assistance to get moving again. Recommendation: There are two different processes to check for drive wheel assembly failure. Machine Loaded 1. Load the BE with two batteries that will produce the problem… Continue Reading

TT-901: Vacuum Cup Replacement

Models Affected: All Vacuum Equipped Units Vacuum Cup Damage and Replacement Description: On units which utilize vacuum extraction, the vacuum cups are the most frequently replaced items. This is due to tearing of the sealing edge of the cup, separation of the rubber from the metal backing plate, or bending/breaking the metal backing plate. Recommendation: When extracting a lift truck battery from either a lift truck or a charging stand, do not change the elevation of the roller bed, or rotate the extractor arm once engaged on a battery case. This causes the cup to slide along the battery case, typically leading the edge of the cup to curl or roll under. Repeatedly doing so will eventually cause damage to… Continue Reading

Improved Storage for Forklift Batteries and Chargers

A common and enduring myth claims that concrete floors can siphon the energy out of lead-acid batteries. Fortunately, it isn’t true — but there are plenty of other reasons to keep forklift batteries off of the ground. Efficient battery rooms use tiered storage systems and forklift battery charger stands to complete change-outs quickly and safely. For most facilities, dedicated battery… Continue Reading

BHS Introduces Turnkey Solutions for Park & Charge Applications

September 22, 2015 — St. Louis, Missouri — Battery Handling Systems, Inc., a leading manufacturer of material handling and battery changing equipment, introduced a turnkey collection for park & charge applications this month. These battery charging accessories include safety equipment, infrastructure and battery maintenance devices to create ideal park & charge stations for facilities of all sizes. “BHS offers much more than battery changers, and we’ve developed a comprehensive set of products for park & charge applications,” said Katy Cortinovis, Marketing Manager at BHS. “We offer turnkey solutions that optimize productivity, protect equipment and keep workers safe.” Park & charge equipment from BHS includes key supports for chargers, such as Structural Barrier Rails (SBR) and Charger Stands (CS). With heavy… Continue Reading

How Lead-Acid Forklift Batteries Work

Electric lift trucks made up 64 percent of the U.S. forklift market last year; by now, it’s likely that some (or all) of your fleet runs on lead-acid battery power. When you’re used to seeing electric forklifts zip around a facility every day, it’s easy to take their power source for granted. However, the lead-acid forklift battery is worth considering… Continue Reading