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Why Forklift Battery Monitoring Delivers High ROI

Posted by Neil O'Connell, SVP Technology, Innovation, & Product Development on Aug 22, 2019 4:00:00 AM

Battery care is essential to productivity and reducing replacement costs. But, it is so easy to fall into a pattern of neglect while striving to get product moved and out the door on schedule. The solution to this challenge is battery-monitoring technology, which can vastly improve the health and lifespan of your batteries and deliver unprecedented ROI. dead-battery-1623377_640-1

Fleet-management software provides battery monitoring, which maximizes battery efficiency. It allows operators to see the status of each battery while in use, providing an accurate assessment of battery health, when charges are occurring, targeted temperature readings, and the state of each charge.  

Here’s how:

Adhere to scheduled maintenance & proper charging techniques.

Battery monitoring and regular maintenance will prevent many unexpected equipment issues and reduce the operational cost of doing business. Monitoring information allows for proactive decisions based on real-time data on SOC; amperage, temperature, voltage; and even recharging.

Why does this matter? Batteries must get fully recharged daily to efficiently function through their normal run-time and to last their expected lifespan. Premature charging eats away at the battery lifespan because each charge costs the battery one of its (approximate) 1,500 total life cycles. A battery should be charged once each work day — at the end of each shift, or whenever one is more than 30% discharged. 

Reduce downtime and associated costs.

When you know how batteries are being cared for, you can eliminate habits that cut productivity, like time lost from opportunity charging or swapping equipment mid-shift.

Prevent premature charging practices that shorten battery life.

Knowing when to charge is as important as knowing how to charge. Each charge costs a battery a cycle, cutting its lifespan. Replacement costs for batteries can be thousands of dollars, so it is vital to your bottom line to prolong the lifespans of your batteries.

Reduce battery idle time.

Batteries left sitting uncharged for extended periods are subject to hard sulphation and significant loss of run-time strength that reduce the battery’s lifespan.

Monitor & ensure proper battery watering.

Battery watering is a typical maintenance requirement, but it is often done incorrectly, which is damaging to equipment and productivity. It is possible to over-water or under-water a battery unless a system is in place to monitor correct procedure.

The quest for longer battery life

Forklift batteries are a big expense, especially if they do not power your fleet as expected or if that lack of power leads to an accident. Battery-monitoring technology facilitates the ultimate care of your batteries — telling you the battery’s discharge, temperature, voltage, and amperage with real-time alerts while in use, before damage or potential accidents occur.

While most new batteries last up to five years, long battery life requires proper charging, cleaning, and maintenance. Battery-monitoring technology provides the data you need make improvements that allow you to be proactive in extending the life of your batteries and fleet.

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