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Don’t Be a Drain on Your Industrial Battery: Schedule Preventative Maintenance

Crown industrial batteries are known for their superior power and performance. Did you know that your battery relies on you just as much as you rely on it? Without proper maintenance and care of your battery, its lifespan may be significantly reduced. If you want to get maximum benefit from your investment in industrial batteries, it’s essential to schedule preventative maintenance.

At Industrial Powersource, we’re committed to helping you get the most from your Crown battery. We know that life is busy and it’s easy to lose sight of details. But when it comes to your industrial batteries or commercial batteries, neglecting proper maintenance and care will cost you lost time, money, and productivity. Take a look at some quick and easy ways to ensure your battery receives routine preventative maintenance.

Create a Preventative Maintenance Schedule

Prior to purchasing new industrial batteries, it’s important to discuss your specific needs with an experienced professional. How much time and energy are you able to spend to make sure your battery receives maintenance? What kind of maintenance does your battery require? What will your battery be used for? Can you or your business operate if something happened to your batteries? The answers to these questions will factor in to your battery choice.

Once you’ve decided on a battery, talk to your supplier about creating a preventative maintenance schedule. For batteries, a preventative maintenance schedule may include watering intervals, visual inspections, charging intervals, replacement, or repair of parts, and voltage and specific gravity readings.

Routinely Inspect Your Battery for Wear

A preventative maintenance schedule can help keep you on track, but it can’t pinpoint when unexpected problems might occur. If you rely upon industrial batteries for your business, it’s important to visually inspect your batteries for wear. Ideally, you should visually inspect your battery’s condition, cables, caps, water levels, and charge it correctly.

Choose Trusted Professionals for Maintenance

In order to experience the true longevity of an industrial battery, you must ensure they receive maintenance from experienced battery professionals. Industrial Powersource offers affordable preventative maintenance plans.  Batteries require specific and careful care or they will cease to function properly. This results in loss of production time which means less profit. IPS’ highly trained and experienced technicians are the best to service, maintain, and take exceptional care of your equipment so that they stay in top performing condition. IPS knows that batteries are the force behind your productivity, and we are committed to helping you succeed. For more information about Platinum Care, contact us today.

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Why Other Batteries Bow Down to Crown

You don’t have to be a battery expert to know what you want in a product. Durability, safety, and reliability are just a few of these components, all of which – and more – can be found in Crown batteries. The company’s lead acid batteries can be custom-designed, yet are only available in one category: the best.

Crown batteries are some of the heaviest and most renowned on the market. Consider these features:

  • flip-top vent caps that minimize water loss
  • optimal charge and cycling abilities
  • equipped with sleeve separators
  • LED monitor warns when water is required
  • Full 5 year warranty, not pro-rated
  • made with high-quality lead oxide from Crown’s own mill
  • protected negative edge to prevent shorts
  • insulated with POSIWRAP PROTECTION
  • requires no special chargers

It may not come as a surprise to learn that Crown Battery utilizes an optimum quality assurance system. The company is ISO-9001:2008 certified, which allows its engineers to design and manufacture such superior products. Analysis is regularly conducted to evaluate plant efficiency, product end results, and customer satisfaction. These assessments inform Crown’s decision-makers about the facets of the company that are running successfully, as well as those with room to grow. This leaves opportunity only for improvement.

Crown’s batteries promise high performance and superior return on investment, and the company is true to its word. It is evident that Crown cares deeply about its products, but its dedication to excellence doesn’t end there. The company takes great pride in its ethics and commitment to maintaining a safe working environment. President and CEO Hal Hawk attributes these qualities to frequent safety training and open communication within and between teams on all levels.

The plant’s modern, high-tech machinery is a meaningful component of a safe workplace as well, since it handles the most dangerous jobs. Manufacturing lines complete welding and heating work, and even circulate acid.

Awards and Acknowledgements

In 2012, the Sandusky County Safety Council and the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation declared Crown Batteries exemplary in terms of workplace safety. This is quite a feat, considering the company employs more than 400 people.

Not only was Crown recognized, but the company was awarded in all four categories. They include the Group Award, for the fewest incidents in its group; the 100% Award, for going years without workplace injury requiring employees to miss 1 or more days of work; the Special Award, for managing at least 500,000 hours and 6 months free of employee injuries resulting in 1 or more days of missed work; and the Achievement Award, for lowering accident numbers by 25% of the previous year’s rates.

The privately-owned company identifies its primary values as strength and integrity – qualities it has modeled for more than 80 years. These are the exact values that drive its top priorities, which are commitment to customers, the community it serves, and to its partners worldwide.

Contact Industrial Powersource, a Triple Crown partner and supplier of Crown’s batteries and chargers, to learn more about Crown products.

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The Care and Keeping of Your Golf Cart Batteries

Golf cart batteries require unique care and maintenance because, unlike car batteries, they do not recharge while they are being used. In order to lengthen the lifespan of your golf cart batteries, you should make certain to always keep them properly cleaned and to maintain the correct water levels in the battery. For guidance on care and maintenance, as well as instructions on refurbishing and recharging your golf cart batteries, keep reading!

Cleaning Golf Cart BatteriesDeep Cycle Crown Batteries for Golf Carts

Cleaning the terminals in your golf cart batteries is very important because it enables the current to efficiently flow from the battery to the motor. This will increase the operational efficiency of the motor. To clean your terminals, begin with the top of the battery, using a brush or a cloth, as well as a water and baking soda solution. Next, use a post and clamp cleaner for the inner part of the cable clamps and the terminals of the battery. Finally, reconnect your battery and coat the terminals with a very thin layer of petroleum jelly.

Checking the Water Level

In a golf cart battery, each battery has a cell with water in it. To increase lifespan, these water levels must be checked at least once a week and properly maintained. Within the battery are leaded plates that should always be covered by water. When adding water, wait until the golf cart battery has been fully charged. Only add water that is either distilled or deionized, which means it won’t have a high content of minerals. Never expose the lead plates to the air, and do not fill the water any higher than needed to cover the plates.

Refurbishing Golf Cart Batteries

If your golf cart battery appears to be dead, you may be able to clean the sulfur buildup on the lead plates in order to refurbish the battery. First, take a crescent wrench and disconnect the cables of the battery to remove it. Next, take the plastic caps off of the cells in the battery, and fill with water if necessary. Plug in the battery charger overnight.

If these steps are unsuccessful, dissolve 10 tablespoons of Epsom salt into a quart of warm water. Take half of the water out of your batteries and replace with the mixture. Shake the batteries after replacing the caps, and charge overnight again.

Refurbishing golf cart batteries is a very difficult skill to master, so unless you have extensive experience with batteries you can always rely on Industrial Powersource to refurbish your battery for you.

Recharging Dead Golf Cart Batteries

If you run your batteries until they are dead, your regular charger may not work properly. To charge these batteries, use a charger that is twice the voltage of a single battery. For example, use a 12-volt charger for a 6-volt battery. Place the red end on positive for the first battery, and the black end on negative for the second battery. Charge and unplug before moving on to the next two batteries. Always unplug the charger first – otherwise, you could cause an explosion! Choosing a good battery charger is crucial to the longevity of your battery, so visit Industrial Powersource today to find the right one.

Click here to view a video with more tips on how to maintain your batteries!

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