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TT-964: Operator Aboard Battery Extractor Magnet Mount Update

Models Affected: BE models with magnet extraction (not including SS or MS units) Battery Extractor (BE) magnet mount design has been updated. As of November 2014, the magnets are now mounted on independent bearing assemblies. The new mounting design reduces the number of parts in the assembly, increases the simplicity of the assembly, and adds durability and reliability. Description: The previous magnet mount had the magnets mounted on each end of a common shaft which ran through the arm. The assembly contained four screws which tensioned the magnets on the shaft. Previous Tech Tip #949 explains the importance of properly maintaining these “load adjusters”. If the load adjusters become loose, the magnets are allowed to fall forward which can lead… Continue Reading

Washing Forklift Batteries and the Law: What You Need to Know

Washing forklift batteries is a simple maintenance task, but like so many warehouse operations, this activity is subject to serious legal regulations. Don’t let that scare you away from the job; washes extend the operating life of your batteries and lift trucks, plus they keep your workplace safer. But it’s crucial that you obey the law when you wash batteries…. Continue Reading

Using Battery Wash Equipment to Optimize the Washing Process

You know you have to wash your forklift batteries, but what’s the best way to go about it? The right gear can save your operation time and money, while preventing costly accidents. Here are a few guidelines for creating a battery wash procedure that’s simple, effective, and affordable. For optimal safety and efficiency, choose an automated solution. Washing forklift batteries… Continue Reading

BHS Global to Exhibit New Battery Handling and Warehouse Equipment at LogiMAT 2016

February 15, 2016 – St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. – BHS Global, Ltd., a worldwide distributor of premium battery handling products, accessories, and quality warehouse equipment, will be exhibiting its updated product line at LogiMAT 2016, an international expo focusing on innovative material handling, storage technology, warehousing, and operational equipment. LogiMAT will take place March 8-10 at the New Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre in Stuttgart, Germany. At the show, BHS Global will demonstrate equipment from its Battery Handling line that provides solutions for a variety of applications and different sized operations. Featured equipment will include an operator aboard battery extractor system, carriage systems, battery and charger stands, fleet management software, safety equipment and more. Battery handling is a significant part of… Continue Reading

TT-944: Safety Enhancements

Models Affected: All To continually promote warehouse safety, BHS now provides Structural Barrier Rail (SBR) and High Visibility Flags on track End Stops. When properly placed, the BHS SBR serves to protect personnel in walkways, racking, modular offices, and more from moving equipment. High Visibility Flags, mounted to track End Stops, assist equipment operators with safe maneuvering within the battery room. Description: The BHS SBR is available in 18” high single rail and 42” high double rail configurations which can be mixed and matched to meet any application requirements. The rails lift out for easy removal when access is required and are available in 4’, 5’, 6’, 7’, and 8’ spans from post centers. Effective April 2013, all BHS track… Continue Reading

TT-942: Proper Lubrication Procedures

Models Affected: All BHS recommends regular inspection and maintenance of all battery handling equipment. Lubrication is an integral step in this process and involves much more than simply applying lubricant. Following the tips below will ensure proper lubrication, and ultimately, a longer life span of your battery handling equipment and its parts. Recommendation: To prevent unnecessary wear on components, it is important to clean old grease from equipment prior to lubrication. Dust and debris can become embedded in exposed grease and oil, making the lubricant gritty, which can cause wear instead of preventing it. It is important that exposed grease and oil be removed from components before new lubricant is applied. For lubrication of BHS equipment, a #2 lithium based… Continue Reading

TT-940: Labels and Label Kits

Models Affected: All Warning labels and placards are important parts of any machine and should not be overlooked during regular maintenance. Warning labels and placards should be legible at all times and worn or damaged labels should be replaced as soon as possible. In some instances, missing or illegible labels could result in equipment being shut down until the labels are replaced. Description: BHS uses various types of labels and placards to convey potential hazards as well as important equipment specifications, such as capacity. Reference previous Tech Tip TT-926, “Warning Labels and Placards” for more information regarding the use and meaning of the labels and placards used by BHS. Recommendation: Any worn, damaged, missing or illegible labels should be replaced… Continue Reading

TT-934: Cable Routing and Charger Mounting

Models Affected: Charger Accessories Proper cable routing and charger mounting should not be overlooked in setting up a battery room or charging area. Failure to properly route cables and mount chargers could result in inefficient operation, damage, and possibly unsafe conditions. Description: Charger cables not properly routed or suspended are susceptible to damage from forklifts traveling near the charging area. Cables left hanging or lying in roller compartments of the battery stands can be cut or pinched by the battery as it is moved in and out of the stand. Cables lying on the floor may also become a trip hazard for battery room personnel. Damaged cables or connectors may arc creating a fire or explosion hazard as well as… Continue Reading

TT-926: Warning Labels & Placards

Models Affected: All Importance of Warning Labels & Placards Description: Warning labels and placards are important parts of the machine and should not be overlooked during regular maintenance. All operators and service personnel should be familiar with all labels and their meaning. Warning labels and placards should be legible at all times, and worn or damaged labels should be replaced as soon as possible. BHS uses various types of labels and placards to convey potential hazards and operational information on our battery handling equipment. Graphical Labels are graphic symbols within a safety sign. The shape and color of the graphical label is determined by the purpose for which it is used. A white graphical symbol inside a blue circle indicates… Continue Reading