Benefit Your Business with Tax Code Section 179 Deductions

Time is almost up to take advantage of the 2017 tax deduction. Like last year, Section 179 allows businesses a tax deduction for equipment and software that is purchased or leased and placed into service before December 31, 2017. This includes dock and door equipment for your facility. Again, just like last year the deduction limit is set at $500,000.

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OSHA Battery Compliance Tips

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Get Your Industrial Battery Care In OSHA Compliance Today

Material handling equipment that is powered by industrial batteries produce less emissions than gas powered units and in most cases no emissions. Zero emissions however, does not mean zero hazards or dangers. Safe battery care procedures must be followed to reduce the chance of injury, damage or death when charging and servicing industrial batteries such as those used in forklifts and other material handling equipment.

Electric forklifts and material handling equipment are generally powered by large-lead acid batteries, which require routine charging and service. As a safety precaution OSHA requires that a specific area or room be designated for the sole purpose of battery charging and servicing.

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Lithium-Ion vs Lead-Acid

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Electric Forklift Throw-Down: Lithium-Ion vs Lead-Acid Batteries

Who would have ever believed that lithium-ion batteries would be such a popular source of power? Lithium-ion batteries power everything from cell phones and laptops to tablets and other computer electronics. Lithium-ion batteries offer high-density storage and on average, store about three times the energy of a comparable lead-acid battery. So why are they not in every new electric truck on the market?

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Read the Fine Print. Battery Warranties Explained

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As a user of industrial batteries, you may know that batteries are an expensive yet necessary investment. If there is an issue with a defective battery, warranty is normally the first thing customers want. Let us explain battery warranty to help you manage your fleet to avoid any costly downtime that may or may not be covered under warranty.   

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Preventing Forklift Battery Sulfation

Did you know the number one cause of early failures of lead-acid industrial batteries is sulfation? The build up of lead sulfate crystals eventually leads to loss of cranking power and longer changing times.

Battery plates regularly get sulfated. When batteries discharge, the lead active material on the plate reacts with the sulfate from the electrolyte and forms a lead sulfate residue on the plates. This reaction drains the battery of all lead active material and sulfate from the electrolyte remaining causing the battery to be fully discharged. After the battery is fully discharged like this, a recharge must commence as soon as possible. The recharge process consists of the lead sulfate residue converting back into the lead active material and the remaining sulfate is returned to the electrolytes. 

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