Battery for Heavy Duty Equipment

28 September 2016

If a heavy-duty vehicle cannot be operated and stuck in a muddy soil due to the overdrawn battery, it is just impossible to turn the heavy-duty machine back on by giving it a manual “push”, like you do to an ordinary car with the same problem of overspent battery. To avoid such situation, we consequently need to have adequate battery maintenance. 

Battery is the automotive device that changes the chemical energy into electricity energy in a direct current. To fill in the electricity energy into the battery, an alternator is required, with the function to change the mechanical energy resulting from the machine spins into the electricity energy to be stored in the battery sheets or plates.

The battery is in function in the process of setting the starting motor in motion to rotate the flywheel and turn the machine on. The battery works only once, just before the machine is turned on. Though it works only in a short instance, it spends a large amount of energy. In such case, a sufficient strength of the cranking battery is crucial in the smooth process of turning the machine on.

The right premium battery specification for your heavy-duty equipment is as described below:

1. It is shock-resistant because it uses a glassmate separator with the function as the shock absorber for the battery.

2. It has high antimony, approximately 3%, so it produces adequate spins/rotations.

3. It uses antimony on the negative pole, and calcium on the positive pole, resulting in averagely 20% lower water evaporation and longer battery life, compared to conventional batteries. Therefore, it has a low-maintenance characteristic.

4. It has a radial formed grid to ensure a faster flow of electric current.

In addition to its required role in the process of starting the engine, the battery has lighting and electricity functions. Every unit of heavy-duty vehicle on operation requires safety facilities to direct the movement of the unit. The safety or sign lights include the stop lights, turn lights, reverse lights, horn, and the hazard sign for the unit’s reverse operations. During such operations, electricity energy from the battery is required. It so happens during night-time operations, when the lighting is required. Some mining companies have applied International Safety Procedure. Every heavy-duty vehicle unit is required to turn on the lights at all times (day and night), also the power-window, central door-lock, radio, alarm, and air conditioner, all of which use the electricity source from the battery.

In the ignition process, the electricity energy from the battery is required to generate the Fuel Injection Pump (FIP) mechanic system. Heavy-duty machines use fuel injection systems generated by FIP. The FIP arrangement uses electricity as a timer when a fuel injection is made into the ignition system.