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Avoiding These 3 Common Battery Injuries

Deep cycle batteries deliver a great deal of power for a long period of time, and they come in relatively small containers. When you have that much power in one small area, there are going to be safety concerns to worry about. If you handle deep cycle injuries for your company or even at home, then you need to be aware of these types of common injuries that can occur at any moment.

Ingestion of Toxic Materials

These batteries generate their power by using a series of toxic materials that can be extremely harmful if ingested or inhaled. When you are working with deep cycle batteries, it is extremely important to avoid direct contact with the chemicals inside, and even more important to take immediate action if the chemicals are ingested or inhaled.

Sparks Flying

The charging process for these batteries creates a series of gases that are extremely flammable. A common and devastating type of injury that happens when handling deep cycle batteries occurs when a spark or electrical current makes contact with these gases and causes the battery to explode. This is a very real concern that everyone who handles these batteries should be aware of at all times.

Low-Hanging Jewelry

Another very common injury with deep cycle batteries are burns that come from wearing low-hanging jewelry. The jewelry could make contact with a terminal on the battery, and then complete the arc with another piece of metal. If that happens, then a shock will go through the jewelry and cause serious injury.

Avoiding These Injuries

The best way to avoid these types of deep cycle injuries is to develop good habits when it comes to handling and working with the batteries. These habits include:

  • Recharging batteries in a well-ventilated area
  • Not wearing any loose clothing or accessories while charging batteries
  • Always wearing protective gloves and goggles whenever you handle the batteries
  • Cleaning up spills the moment they happen
  • Having neutralizing solution nearby to allow for easy clean-up of any acid
  • Using an industrial watering device and not a garden hose to refill the batteries
  • Keeping an eye wash station close to the charging area

The ideal way to avoid injuries is to set aside an area that is designated only for working on batteries. This area would be well-ventilated, have a fully-stocked first aid kit on hand, have neutralizing solution nearby, not have any low wires or anything that could cause a spark, and have a work table that is the right height to work safely on batteries.

At Industrial Powersource (IPS), we offer complete safety training on handling and charging deep cycle batteries. Our experts will walk you through the entire process and give you all of the professional advice you will need to keep your work area safe, and avoid the common injuries that can occur when using these powerful batteries.

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Replacing and Recharging Your Forklift Battery

According to OSHA, industrial forklift batteries should last approximately 2000 discharge/charge cycles or 2000 work shifts (under normal conditions). However, frequently transporting heavier loads will drain forklift batteries more quickly than moving light objects.

Warning signs a forklift battery is dying and should be replaced include:

  • Delayed turning over of the forklift
  • Dimming or flickering headlights
  • Ammeter showing a high RPM discharge
  • Battery case has corrosion buildup
  • Battery emits a rotten egg smell

4 Things to Know About Replacing Forklift Batteries

  1. All batteries need sulfuric acid to work properly. Sulfuric acid is extremely corrosive and can cause all degrees of burns if splashed on skin. When you are replacing forklift batteries, always wear protective gear made to resist sulfuric acid (OSHA approved face shields, chemical aprons and rubber gloves).
  2. Remove jewelry and all nearby metal objects from the area before replacing forklift batteries. Metallic objects can short circuit battery terminals and cause an explosion or arc.
  3. Double check that the forklift is aligned with the hoist before lifting out the battery. You don’t want a hoisted battery swinging even slightly as you remove it. Also, make sure hooks are firmly secured in the battery’s lifting holes.
  4. Inspect vent captions to make sure they are working. Compartment/battery covers need to be open to allow heat to dissipate.

4 Things to Know About Forklift Battery Repair/Recharging

  1. Make sure ampere hour ratings are no more than 10 percent of the forklift battery being charged. The battery’s model number tells you the number of cells, amps per cell and plates. To find the ampere hour rating, subtract one from the plate number and divide that number by two. Then multiply that number by the middle number. That should give you the ampere hour rating.
  2. Never water forklift batteries prior to charging them. Overfilled batteries will spill over while charging, allowing dangerous sulfuric acid to erode floors and possibly cause accidental burns. Also, water forklift batteries only with de-ionized or distilled water. Make sure the plates are covered inside the battery cells.
  3. Keep looking for gas bubbles while recharging forklift batteries. The sight of gas bubbles means the battery is almost fully charged. Resulting from the positive plate producing oxygen and the negative place producing hydrogen, bubbling is necessary for creating consistent acid levels across all plate areas.
  4. Forklift batteries that are too hot or too cold won’t charge correctly. NEVER charge a frozen battery and NEVER charge batteries hotter than 115°F.

Replacing and recharging forklift batteries should only be done by people with the experience and knowledge necessary to perform this action correctly. Staffed by skilled personnel who can replace and recharge all your forklift batteries, Industrial Powersource ensures optimal functioning of your forklift batteries so don’t need to worry about unexpected operational delays or serious accidents. Contact IPS Battery today for more information about our extensive line of services and products.

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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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How Platinum Care Powers Your Business

Where would you be without the all important batteries and chargers that keep your business powered and on the go? Industrial Powersource knows that worrying about the state of power sources can cause undue stress and problems, especially when it comes to staying OSHA and EPA compliant. That’s where Platinum Care comes into play, eliminating any question that business will continue as usual, no matter what.

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Having a battery go bad on the job can result in costly downtime and customers waiting for service. Productivity is directly related to efficiently and fully completing a job, and profit is connected to production levels. With a preventative care plan like Platinum Care offered by IPS, you can rest assured that batteries and chargers will stay inspected, clean, inventoried, and free of damaged parts through quick replacement. In addition, Platinum Care reduces costs by being more affordable than hiring your own team to take care of batteries. What you spend on an experienced technician, you save in training time, unpredictability of employees, and paychecks.

The task of making sure that all batteries are compliant with government agencies is a delicate and time-consuming process for a business owner, while failing to keep your equipment in check can result in fees and even business closure. Keeping tabs on the equipment and ensuring you aren’t endangering employees or the environment is a top priority, but it can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the many details involved.

Platinum Care: OSHA and EPA standards

  • Industrial Powersource will keep up with all standards of OSHA and the EPA so you don’t have to.
  • Detailed computer records are kept of maintenance as well as voltage, and each battery or charger is kept clean, working, and free of dangerous leaks that negatively impact both workers and the environment.
  • The Battery Room is also inspected and kept up to par by the IPS technician, ensuring there is no question of compliance.
  • Some of the most important offerings of the Platinum Care package are the classes and training exercises for you and your employees. It’s one thing to have a technician visit to ensure batteries are well-maintained and safe for use, it’s another to understand when batteries need attention.

Industrial PowersourceThese classes will prepare you for understanding the delicate care of batteries and chargers, as well as how to spot when there may be issues in compliance. This allows you to receive assistance from Industrial Powersource more quickly to alleviate any problems that may arise, saving time and money in the long run.

Overall, investing in our batteries, chargers, and Platinum Care package is one of the best moves you can make for your company, employees, and the environment as a whole. Don’t let yourself be caught by surprise by OSHA and the EPA. Take steps to prevent serious problems before they occur.

Call today to set up and appointment with our skilled technicians and to learn more about the Platinum Care Package from IPS today!

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Why Choose Industrial Powersource for Your Charger

Choosing the right charger system for a battery is just as important as the battery itself. Industrial Powersource offers many options for charger systems and has a staff of well-trained sales professionals who can provide the information needed to help in the selection process. Our team of experienced technicians is there to provide professional service to optimize your battery life.

Two of Industrial Powersource’s most popular options for charging systems are the EcoTec Charger and PowerHouse IHF Charger. Each has unique benefits that can make it the right option.

EcoTec Charger

  • Versatility. The EcoTec Charger has the ability to charge many different batteries. Each unit is preprogrammed with six different charge curves.
  • Access control. Each charger can be easily programmed to best suit the client’s needs. The charger monitors battery conditions with an auto start/stop control for maximum efficiency, and the unit can be password-protected at two different levels to prevent unauthorized access.
  • Energy saving. This charger system can be programmed to prevent charging during certain times, such as peak usage hours. During each day, up to three periods may be blocked out. It can also be programmed to charge for up to 60 minutes prior to the start of the work week after discharging over the weekend.
  • Communication. Chargers can be networked together to ensure use of the next available battery in the charging cycle. This helps each battery get equal usage and balances charging equally.
  • Wireless limits. Through the wireless communication system, each charger can have its AC power draw limited. This helps prevent the charger from using too much power in places where the main power source might be limited.
  • Monitoring. Batteries charged on the EcoTec system can be equipped with battery monitoring units which allow the system to wirelessly determine battery size, type, voltage, and temperature information and adjust the charging cycle automatically.
  • Equalization. To help extend battery life, the EcoTec system features a setting to automatically perform this step. It can be programmed to complete this on a specific day or after a certain number of charging cycles.

PowerHouse IHF Charger

  • Efficiency. The PowerHouse system delivers a 92 percent charging rate, which is among the best in the industry.
  • Versatility. Each unit has microprocessor controls with 14 preprogrammed charging cycles and uses a Windows-based software system for easy tracking of charging activity.
  • Monitoring system. Through its computer connection, the system compiles and stores data about each charging cycle, including forced switch overs, excess charging, low-level electrolytes and I/U errors.
  • Long-lasting. Each PowerHouse system is designed to last up to 15 years or 30,000 hours of charging time.
  • Remote control. Each unit can be equipped with a BATCOM radio transmitter to provide notices such as overheating, battery capacity, or low electrolytes.
  • Battery life. PowerHouse systems are designed to provide a ripple-free current to the battery, which results in more efficient energy transfer and helps extend the life of the batteries charged on the system.

Industrial Powersource builds long-lasting relationships with our clients to ensure they always have the products and services that best fit their needs. Our sales professionals and technicians are well-known for their honesty and dependability within the power industry and always ready to provide top service.

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Industrial Battery Monitoring: Making it Easier to Monitor Your Battery Power

Industrial Powersource has manufactured a new and innovative way to monitor industrial batteries. Industrial Battery Monitoring is a system that uses wireless technology to check battery power levels and keep you updated on the battery life of your industrial equipment. The system is compatible with all battery manufacturers and can monitor the batteries of forklifts and other common industrial machines.

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The electrolyte sensor continuously checks the electrolyte levels of your batteries and sends the status wirelessly to an Internet Gateway. When the electrolyte levels are low, this means the acid in the electrolyte solution in the battery has reacted with the majority of the metal plates. When this occurs, the battery must be recharged, allowing for the chemical reaction to be reversed so that the electrolytes can react with the plates again at a later time.

The wireless signal sent by the electrolyte sensor to the wireless router allows for information to be sent across the wireless internet and phone channels. This wireless system can be customized to notify you of your battery’s power levels through email or cell phone. This allows equipment managers or warehouse workers to remotely monitor their machines from anywhere that has access to a wireless network.

To find out more information or to order an Industrial Battery Monitor system, contact Industrial Powersource at 562-239-2928 or http://watchmybattery.com.

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Maintain Industrial Battery Health With Good Charging Practices

mp54Charging a battery properly is crucial to ensuring it will continue to function well for the duration of its life. On the other hand, poor charging practices can lead to battery degradation or even early death. Let’s take a closer look at the importance of good charging techniques.

 

Why Good Charging Techniques?

Did you know that the life of your industrial battery depends fully on how effective your charging technique is? A high quality industrial battery charger will make sure that your lead acid battery can be charged with the specificity and precise timing that it needs in order to remain active as long as possible, and to perform at its best. Additionally, using a proper charger is almost certain to help your charging process to be as safe as possible. Smart charging practices, using a high quality charger, will essentially eliminate error in the operation of these mechanisms.

Additionally, have you heard of sulfating? Sulfation is the biggest cause of early failures in industrial batteries. But by charging your battery properly and effectively, you can essentially eliminate the formation of small sulfate crystals, which ultimately reduce your battery’s capacity. With good charging techniques, you can avoid most of the conditions that will reduce the life of your lead acid industrial battery – and preserve your investment in your equipment.

Effective Charger Use: Quality is Everything

A high quality industrial battery charger can be used with many different kinds of industrial batteries. Believe it or not, a well designed charger is extremely simple to use, especially because many good chargers actually eliminate user error due to their automatic start functions. They can also determine battery voltage prior to actually beginning the charge, and can charge automatically without needing to be reset after an interruption to their power supply.

The best chargers will not only extend the life of your battery, but will also refrain from exposing the crucial lead components to battery acid. Of course, all electronic equipment requires proper maintenance. Good maintenance means that you should make sure that you always inspect your battery and your charger fully before use, and also ensure that you replace any parts that have been damaged. Additionally, you should make sure that any users of the battery and the charger are well trained in their operation.

As always, all of these services and more are available at Industrial Powersource. Contact us today for more information.

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