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PROBLEMS IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF BATTERIES CHAPTER 2: STACKING

PROBLEMS IN THE TRANSPORTATION OF BATTERIES CHAPTER 2: STACKING
22 Jan 2019

When transporting stationary batteries it is necessary to take into account whether the boxes are stackable or not.

In the case of using containers, boxes are usually placed on top of each other because space is limited. Then, it is very important to confirm with the manufacturer the maximum number of stackable pallets.

Only if it is essential and in case of being stackable, we would recommend placing on top of the battery pallet little volume & weight boxes (i.e. connectors or racks). It is not the same to stack heavy boxes in a warehouse, than in a container (long transport, movements, loading, unloading…) because the heavy boxes acquire a lot of inertia.

In case of not being stackable in any case should be added any other package on top

As examples:

  • Plywood crates for NiCd batteries - usually three/four heights.
  • Crating for lead batteries is not stackable.
  • Battery electrolyte packaging is not stackable.

This problem is common in the transport of battery cells (e.g. for spare parts).

Sometimes you need some cells to replace on a battery, and after manufacturing time, transport, customs clearance... you receive a damaged packaging like this:

Issue:

On one hand, packaging is not suitable; the cell is protected laterally but is not protected on the top, which means that the “non-stackable” instructions have not fully been taken into account.

On the other hand, during the transport, someone placed a heavy object above the top of the box, or something fell down on top of it.

Solution:

First of all, indicate on the delivery note of the carrier that the package is damaged, and has been accepted only for inspection purposes. Report urgently to the manufacturer/supplier and follow instructions.

If the supplier can replace the item within an acceptable period, return the goods and wait for the new item.

If new lead time is unacceptable, check the electrolyte level and leakages. If everything is correct, the cell will work properly. Install the cell and wait for the new replacement.

If the electrolyte level is not correct (Attention: the packaging will be soaked in electrolyte –corrosive- and should be handled accordingly) there is no other option than to wait for the replacement.  

Attention:

If the broken cell has to be returned to factory, please note that the carrier won’t accept the damaged package with corrosive electrolyte. In this case, it is usually to wait for the new cell to reuse packaging. Battery transport is subject to labelling and transport regulations. 

In short:  It is important to ensure adequate packaging is used as it will prevent damage, save money and prevent injury.

“Deliver the customers freight on time, every time, complete"

Rodrigo Suárez Cueto

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