U.S. Battery Manufacturing Earns Hyster-Yale Group’s Preferred Supplier Status

After a comprehensive review by Hyster-Yale Group’s Supplier Quality Engineering team (SQE), U.S. Battery Manufacturing achieved Preferred Supplier Status, the highest rating any supplier to the company can achieve. Hyster-Yale Materials Handling, Inc., designs, manufactures and sells handling equipment that is used in more than 700 industries globally. U.S. Battery Manufacturing is a supplier of flooded lead-acid batteries to the company, which are used in the various battery powered Hyster-Yale vehicles.

The company’s large global presence requires that its suppliers, like U.S. Battery Manufacturing, follow strict quality, reliability, and efficiency guidelines to maintain Hyster-Yale’s high-quality expectations. U.S. Battery achieved that status by its commitment to providing the highest quality product and services to Hyster-Yale. According to Hyster-Yale’s SQE team, U.S. Battery Manufacturing achieved high ranks in cost, quality, and delivery. “There is no way that U.S. Battery Manufacturing could have achieved Preferred Supplier Status without the full cooperation of everyone from our customer service to shipping departments,” said George Stratis, U.S. Battery Southeastern Regional Sales Manager.

Large or small, U.S. Battery is committed to providing a high-level of service to its customers and with a proven track record of product reliability, delivery, and customer service, U.S. Battery proudly carries its Preferred Supplier Status with Hyster-Yale as proof of the company’s capabilities. For more information, on U.S. Battery products, visit www.usbattery.com.

U.S. Battery Trucks Provide Aid To South Georgia Residents After Being Hit By Devastating Tornados

After several tornados hit the Albany region of South Georgia, it left hundreds of families without homes. As people called for aid, U.S. Battery’s Director of Transportation Scott Perdue was contacted by an associate pastor from a church in Acworth, Georgia, and asked if the company would help in delivering food and supplies.

As a result of this outreach, the owners of U.S. Battery made the use of one of the company’s over the road truck and trailer available along with U.S. Battery driver, Tony Pitchford. “In just two days, the church managed to get enough donations of food, water and other necessities to fill one of our trailers, and we were able to get them to the people in Albany,” said Perdue.

“I cannot tell you how appreciative we are of your outstanding generosity,” said Rev. Chuck Smith, Pastor of Glade Rd. Baptist Church in Acworth, Georgia. “You were very instrumental in making the lives of those who lost so much, a little more bearable. Thanks to people and business like you, we were able to supply food, water, clothes, hygiene products, and many other necessary items to the victims.”

“U.S. Battery has manufacturing and distribution plants in Augusta and Evans, Georgia and are always ready to help people in need when necessary,” said Perdue. “This is no different from when we participated in the Convoy Of Care to deliver food and supplies to Louisiana flood victims last year.”

U.S. Battery is a manufacturer of premium batteries used for industrial and commercial applications. The company has been manufacturing batteries since 1926 and is ships products worldwide. For more information, visit www.usbattery.com.

How To Take Cold Temperature Hydrometer Readings For Optimum Battery Performance

Don’t be alarmed if your golf car fleet operates differently as the winter season sets in. Charge and discharge performance of lead-acid batteries is temperature sensitive, so colder weather can result in lower runtimes. Colder weather can also prevent batteries from getting a full charge, so it’s important to take periodic specific gravity readings. When taking specific gravity measurements, be sure to compensate for the temperature of the battery electrolyte in order to get an accurate reading.

Lead-Acid Battery Temperature Correction Factor

Specific gravity readings are referenced against a standard temperature of the electrolyte (not the ambient temperature) of 80-degrees F or 27-degrees C. As a rule of thumb, subtract four points (.004) from your hydrometer reading for every 10-degrees below 80 °F. In Celsius, subtract four points (.004) for every 5.6-degrees below 27°C.

As an example; if the temperature of the electrolyte is 50 °F and your battery specific gravity reading is 1.200, you must subtract .012 from your reading. In this case .004 for every 10-degrees equals .012. Subtract this from 1.200 and your corrected specific gravity reading is 1.188. In this reading, the battery cell is less than 50 percent charged and should be recharged before being put into service. If your corrected specific gravity readings are low, simply charge the batteries until the readings are above 1.265 or above your battery manufacturer’s specification.

Temperature also affects discharge rates. A cold battery will self-discharge slower than a warm battery, but will also exhibit lower capacity. Lower temperature increases the resistance in the battery and causes a reduction in battery capacity. A general rule of thumb to find out the overall capacity of your fleet’s batteries is to figure that for every 15-20 degrees below 80 F, the battery loses 10 percent of its capacity.


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If your golf car fleet goes into storage during the winter months, make sure that all of the batteries in the fleet are fully charged. This will prevent the electrolyte from freezing and prevent premature battery failure. While in storage, batteries should be boosted every 60 days in colder months and every 30 days in warmer months.

For more information on golf car batteries, run-time ratings, and maintenance tips to keep golf car batteries running longer, visit www.usbattery.com.