How can Port Terminal Operators save money on Heavy-Duty Forklift Equipment?
Port Sustainability: Delivering Clean Energy and Performance to Ports
In port and terminal operations, having trucks to ensure that cargo can be shipped in volume and in a timely manner is key. For example, with the advent of large ships carrying more than 23,000 TEU, the terminal generates a lot of activity. Additionally, in the current environment, having an efficient fleet of high-capacity electric forklifts may help manage costs across the business.
But what are the main challenges of operating forklifts in ports and terminals? How can a BSLBATT® high-capacity forklift lithium battery help overcome these challenges?
What is your challenge?
Port Terminal Operators – The current environment for port terminal operations requires a high priority to reduce carbon emissions. This is mandated by most councils in cities across North America. To date, most port terminals continue to use diesel forklift machinery, which takes a huge toll on the environment, employee health, and the people living in these environments.
A forklift operator at a port terminal arrives at work in the hot summer sun and sits above a hot diesel engine. Additionally, noise pollution from forklifts often requires operators to wear ear protection. With the BSLBATT Heavy duty forklift lithium battery, these challenges are solved.
Financially, many ports operate under the direction of committees and require board approval for capital expenditures. Some of the challenges for port operators are being able to communicate effectively with the board and requiring capital expenditures to replace forklifts when operating costs remain low over the life of the asset. As a result, many diesel forklifts in operation today continue to operate well beyond a reasonable life cycle, and as costs begin to increase, the financial efficiency of the asset becomes inefficient. Some of these costs include maintenance and repairs, energy consumption, tire changes, and extended downtime, all of which result in the need for backup machinery, the most expensive of all.
The solution available for ports today is the BSLBATT industrial electric forklift lithium battery. These batteries are especially popular with bulk terminals, as the superior performance and visibility allow operators to use the equipment like a conventional diesel-powered truck. Guaranteed uninterrupted operation in the most demanding applications handling heavy loads (beverage distribution, paper, wood, and metal industries), high lift heights (very narrow aisle applications), and large attachments (roll clips, push-pull, single and double).
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Adaptable Products Based on Different Forklift Dimensions
When purchasing a forklift battery, most of the time you are buying it for a specific piece of equipment. The battery compartment dimensions, minimum forklift battery weight requirement, and the connector cable length and position are all important aspects that the new battery must be compatible with.
This process becomes much more of a headache when you are forced to look through 400-500 different SKUs to find the battery that fits your equipment’s exact specifications.
To make this step in the process a whole lot easier, you can look for a manufacturer that offers customizable battery models that can be adapted to your equipment.
This way, you can purchase a base model battery for whatever type of lift truck you’re outfitting, and then add an adapter to meet the truck requirements.
Looking for a forklift manufacturer with this type of modular battery design is important because these batteries can be utilized with different forklift brands and models if your fleet composition changes in the future.
As a leading full China Lithium-Ion battery provider, BSLBATT® heavy-duty lithium-ion batteries are used by many fortune 500 companies including Toyota, Yale-Hyster, Linde, Taylor, Kalmar, Lift-Force, and Raniero.
BSLBATT aims to allow every individual vehicle driver in the world to enjoy the extraordinary experience of the superior performance of BSLBATT batteries, just like the feeling that the operator finishes their shift – fresh and ready to work.
Excellent and Ongoing Technical Support
Traditionally, forklift batteries tend to be seen as a one-time cost of doing business, and great customer support is not high on the priority list.
But with the advent of lithium-ion technology, where batteries are more of long-term technology investment, the customer support experience is more important for fleet managers to get the most out of their equipment.
Make sure to pay attention to the tools and resources the customer support team provide such as:
- Online product guides and videos
- Product training programs
- Safety and battery disposal and recycling documents
- Service bulletins
- Being able to leverage a responsive, helpful technical support team to ensure batteries are being used to their fullest potential and maintained correctly to maximize lifespan is crucial in the world of advanced battery technology.
Additionally, since lithium-ion batteries can have different chemical compositions, it is important for users to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for charging, storage, shipping, and maintenance.
Whether the battery is purchased directly from the manufacturer, an OEM, or through a local equipment dealer, you should be able to contact the manufacturer for help with any problems or questions they might have.
Minimized risk of operator injury
Reliability is also important as many terminals operate 24/7 with tight turnaround times. Trucks need to work when needed in order to move goods where they are needed. Likewise, forklifts need to be flexible. Since modern terminals handle a variety of loads, having different trucks for different load types takes up valuable space and reduces cost efficiency.
The safety of people, cargo, and infrastructure are also critical to the success of terminal operations. For material handling equipment, lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) is thermally stable and can handle very high and very low temperatures, meaning thermal runaway is less likely. They can be used in temperatures up to 131 degrees Fahrenheit without the risk of burning or damaging the battery.
It is critical for operators to always follow the battery manufacturer’s instructions to minimize risk. Compared to other lithium-ion chemistries, lithium iron phosphate batteries are generally the safest when mishandled.
BMS with Telematics Offering for Battery Data Management
Lithium-ion battery technology is more than just a power source for your equipment; it is a useful tool to help maximize productivity and improve operations in your warehouse.
Manufacturers of lithium-ion battery packs should have a BMS with a telematics offering where users can access crucial performance data of the battery pack.
Aggregating BMS data in a cloud-based solution allows users to identify usage patterns, track operator behavior, monitor battery condition, and send customized alerts and notifications.
Additionally, these systems allow battery manufacturer support teams to troubleshoot and diagnose problems remotely.
As telematics technology becomes more affordable, it is becoming a must-have for fleet managers to optimize productivity and maximize equipment uptime.
Even if you are not using telematics today, this growing trend will become commonplace, and you do not want to purchase batteries now that will not be able to accommodate telematics in the future.
Ergonomic Risks Are Minimized
Though most forklift batteries require material handling equipment for removal because of their substantial weight, some smaller forklift batteries can be removed by crews. In general, lithium-ion batteries typically weigh less than a standard lead-acid battery.
The lower the weight of the battery, the lower the ergonomic risks among workers. No matter the weight, correct lifting and handling are essential to maximizing safety. This includes positioning your body as close as possible to the battery before moving it and bending your knees slightly before lifting or lowering a battery.
It’s also important to get assistance from a co-worker, and if the battery is too heavy, use a lifting device. Not doing so can cause neck and back injuries that can put an employee out of commission for an extended period of time.
Powerful fleet management
BSLBATT Lithium Forklift Battery (www.lithiumforkliftbattery.com), a China NO 1 in exporting LiFePO4 forklift battery for the replacement SLA battery market, has recently unveiled its new BSL Series Lithium Material Handling Battery, optimized for the challenges of the modern warehouse environment. It also introduced its new cloud-based fleet management software, GPRS+GPS, which optimizes fleet uptime, maximizes efficiency, and reduces the total cost of ownership.
BSLBATT customers have been using this proven technology across many applications since 2012, resulting in maximized uptime and productivity in customers’ operations.