Backup Battery Handling Equipment for Side-Extraction Fleets

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By Jennifer Taylor August 1, 2016

If an Operator Aboard Battery Extractor System is the beating heart of an electric forklift fleet, facilities that use them are in extremely good cardiovascular health.

So what's the point of investing in backup equipment? There's not a forklift battery cart out there that can rival an Operator Aboard changer’s efficiency. That's true, but there are a few scenarios that might limit your main system’s effectiveness:

  • If you're taking care of your batteries and tracking their performance with fleet management software, you'll know when they're ready for retirementATC-24. But weird things can happen.

Failing forklift batteries don't politely wait until they're back in their stands to breathe their last breath. They might give out anywhere, including in the middle of a much-traveled aisle. When that happens, you need battery handling equipment that's portable, quick, and safe, like the Automatic Transfer Carriage (ATC).

  • Even machines built to last need occasional routine maintenance. You could schedule maintenance around the calm moments, but what if your facility doesn't have any calm moments?

That's when a high-capacity battery changer like the Mobile Battery Extractor (MBE) can be a life-saver. The MBE effortlessly changes out up to 50 batteries per day, making it ideal for picking up where your frontline system left off.

  • Insurance policies often include an "act of God" clause. Sometimes, accidents happen, and they can't be attributed to human error. It's extremely unlikely that even egregious misuse will damage a good Operator Aboard system, but who knows? The list of things that can go wrong in a warehouse is inexhaustible. Try as we might to foresee and forestall any catastrophe in the workplace, by definition, these "acts of God" take us by surprise.

If your main system is down for repairs, you still need to keep your fleet running. Backup battery handling equipment might be the difference between substantial losses and a minor headache. Even a light-capacity changer like a Walkie Transfer Carriage (WTC) can keep forklifts on the floor while your main system gets back up and running following a natural disaster.

The extent of your collection of backup battery handling equipment will depend on the size of your fleet. In general, though, at least one Battery Cart or Carriage is always a wise investment. Even if you never use it, think of backup battery extractors as an insurance policy. It’s better to have a healthy heart than a pacemaker, but isn’t it comforting to know that pacemakers are available, should the need arise?

Browse through the collection of Battery Carts and Carriages available from Solus Group. All it takes is one of the above scenarios for backup battery handling equipment to provide an immediate ROI. “Better safe than sorry” is a cliché, but it also happens to be solid advice.

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