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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Fire Door Safety Alert

NFPA Code 80* requires all fire doors regardless of use to be tested and inspected annually. DASMA** recommends the following procedures:

  • Visual Inspection
  • Operational Check
  • 1st Drop Test
  • Reset the door
  • 2nd Drop Test

DASMA** recommends drop tests should be performed by a trained fire door system technician. Our team at Southern States Dock & Door realizes this can be a daunting task to tackle that’s why we are here to help.

Contact us today to schedule your fire door drop test. 866.350.3593

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Winter is Coming! Be Prepared by Winterizing Your Dock & Door Facilities

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Prepared Your Dock & Door Facilities For Winter

It’s that time of year again! It is time to prepare your warehouse for seasonal changes. Winterizing the dock and door area of your facility should take top priority otherwise energy efficiency literally slips out the back door.

Striving to apply green initiatives in your business is a sensible idea, especially at dock and door operations in commercial and industrial business environments where it makes dollars and cents to ensure your loading dock is operating as efficiently as possible.  

Letting heating energy operating cash go out the door is preventable. Here are a few tips to make sure your dock and doors are as energy efficient as possible with a measurable return on investment (ROI).

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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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Why Are My Forklift’s Battery Cables and Wires Getting So Hot?

If you have ever asked, yourself this question, then it’s time to take note of the warning. Because electric industrial lift trucks run at high current and low voltage that use electrochemical cells as their power source, it is not uncommon to experience an elevated temperature within the system somewhere. However, excessive heating of your electric forklifts components should never be ignored because it is likely an indicator of problems that will only get worse!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Forklift Battery Care

Typically, in a single shift working environment using electric lift trucks that charge their lift truck batteries only once a day, companies can expect their forklift battery to last five years on average. It is possible to extend the life of your batteries with proper battery care and maintenance. Not following these general tips can drastically lower your lift truck battery’s useful life.

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SSE Got Powered Up At ProMat 2017

Southern States Enterprises representatives were elated to attend ProMat 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois last week. ProMat is the premier showcase for material handling, supply chain, and logistics solution specialists and manufactures in North America. The show had a record number of 900 industry leading material handling and logistic providers exhibiting this year.

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4 Tips To Improve Loading Dock Safety

Loading docks are constantly busy and are at an increased risk for accidents, injury or worse. This is even truer during your businesses peak seasons. Increased risk means that you need to implement procedures to reduce as much risk at possible to ensure a safe work environment.

Here are four tips to help improve loading dock safety at your facility:

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Tips to Maintain Your Industrial Batteries Today & Maximize Their Useful Life

Performing proper battery care and maintenance is critical to ensuring the longevity of your equipment’s batteries. Most companies would agree that having a battery care plan is important but many aren’t sure who or what department should oversee routine maintenance. Having the right team to routinely perform maintenance on your fleet's industrial batteries is crucial to maximizing their useful life. Southern States Enterprises is Florida and Georgia’s leading provider of industrial batteries, chargers and motive power application solutions. We provide mobile battery service by trained and certified service technicians that allows us to perform routine battery care and maintenance at your warehouse or ours to maximize the life of your investment.  

Read more to learn basic tips on pointers to make sure your getting the most out of your investment.

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Special Request- Battery Building

If we don’t have the size and capacity battery you need, we can locate it or build it ourselves.

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