Industrial Battery & Charger, Inc. scheduled maintenance programs are designed to increase the efficiency of your power usage and maximize your equipment longevity and safety.

As a commitment to providing the best service in the industry, IBCI offers free battery and charger performance audit.

IBCI Total Care Scheduled Maintenance Programs can cover any make of batteries and chargers in your facility.
• Batteries
• Chargers
• Battery Handling Systems

Total Care Scheduled Maintenance Plan

At Industrial Battery & Charger, Inc., we believe in a plan, a comprehensive effort to achieve your productivity goals. The first step is an assessment of your batteries and chargers. The assessment identifies any problems, a cause is determined, and a solution provided. The initial assessment gives you the performance appraisal you need to justify your maintenance strategy.

Once your maintenance plan is on target, we recommend quarterly inspections to identify and solve any problems that may have developed. This total care battery scheduled maintenance program covers seven major areas:
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Watering a battery is necessary because as a battery charges, hydrogen and oxygen are released from the electrolyte. The gassing which occurs is a normal process of charging a battery. This hydrogen and oxygen loss must be returned by adding water.

The amount of water a battery needs depends on the amount of watering space a cell has; the amount of over charge given to the battery; chemical design; and the age of the battery. Watering can be minimized by accurately charging the battery and providing a watering program determined by your usage.

Overcharging can add to your maintenance cost by venting acid vapor on top of the battery. Over watering will cause acid discharge to cover the battery. Both these situations cause corrosion, self discharging and the need to wash batteries.

A battery with excessive corrosion requires a high pressure washer to break up the corrosion. The battery also needs to be neutralized with a base chemical to check further corrosion. In addition, the lead contaminate in the waste water needs to be removed before disposal. If a program is not enacted to eliminate the causes of the electrolyte forming on the top of the batteries, battery performance, battery life and safety will be affected.

The battery and charging cables carry a very high current (amperes) from the battery to the lift truck and charger to the battery. If the copper conductors are exposed or if the neoprene insulator is cut or damaged, a short circuit potential exists. In a short circuit condition the current produced by the battery isn’t hundreds, but more like thousands of amps. This current could melt cables, tools, and send molten metal splattering. Replacing the cables or repairing the damaged neoprene insulation with an insulating jacket are the only safe options.
The connector and contacts mate the battery cables to the truck or charger. After many hours of use the connections may become loose or develop a high resistance. A high resistance connection limits the current from flowing to the truck. All unsafe connections must be replaced before someone is hurt or damage occurs to the truck motor and electronics.
The start and finish rates of the charger determine when and if your battery gets charged. If the charger’s rates are not set correctly, chances are your battery will be over or under charged. Adjusting the rate will ensure you get the maximum run time from your battery.
The performance of the charger determines if your battery will work the next day or not. The heating, cooling and vibration the charger incurs most likely will cause connections to become loose. Checking and torquing those connections is important for long-term performance.
Chargers need to be cleaned annually. Dust and other airborne contaminants settle on the electronics and magnetics to insulate these heat-generating devices. Cleaning is necessary to ensure maximum cooling and reliable operation.

 

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