Circuit Protection and Beyond: How to Keep a 12-Volt Electrical System In High Gear

Automotive electrical system

Machines and equipment depend on electrical systems to do a myriad of things, from starting the engine to running the safety gear. And like any vehicle system, it needs care and respect to run at its best. But how do you keep a 12-volt electrical system functioning in high gear?

 

Design Maintenance Schedules

Just like the oil, tires, and other automotive systems for the vehicles in your pool or coming off your line, even the most lovingly cared for equipment needs regular maintenance for its electrical system. Clean and replace battery contacts, check your fuses to ensure they’re in good shape and replace any looking worn, look closely at wires to ensure there aren’t any incipient shorts, and run tests on your wiring as necessary. Each equipment model will have recommended maintenance in its manual, so read it carefully and follow its instructions to maintain the electrical system.

 

Listen To Your Equipment

There can be many signs that equipment electrical systems are starting to malfunction. The most obvious is that the motor won’t turn over, of course, but there are plenty of other subtle signs. Dimming or brightening headlights, slow response from equipment systems that depend on electricity, stalling, bad smells… If you’re seeing signs that something’s wrong, start looking at the wiring.

Protect Your Circuits

One of the most dangerous electrical problems you can have is an overload. Wires can only take so much amperage, and a sudden surge can blow out wires, stall your equipment in the middle of operation, and in extreme cases, even cause explosions and fires. So take a moment and ensure you’ve got proper circuit protection.

 

Check For Corrosion And Wire Stress

Any wiring is going to be at risk of corrosion, especially in equipment that is exposed to the elements or is run continually over extended periods of time. Moisture ruins a lot of vehicle systems, but wiring especially can be prone to damage in wet climates. Give your wiring regular inspections and look closely for signs of oxidization, worn insulation, and shorts. Seal your engine compartment against moisture as much as you can. And after a bad storm or a similar tough time in the elements, check your wiring and ensure you don’t have any water in your engine compartment.

 

Regularly Look for Shorts

A “short” is slang for a short circuit, or a circuit that allows electricity to flow along a path the designer didn’t intend. Shorts can range from minor annoyances to outright dangerous; a minor short can kill the lights, but a major one can destroy equipment or even electrocute the operator in certain situations. Regularly inspect wiring for loose wires, worn insulation, and melted plastic. Tug on wires to make sure they’re properly seated. Check terminals to see if they’re blackened. In short, if something doesn’t look up to specification, check it.

Your equipment’s electrical system is key to a great product; make sure it’s properly protected and cared for. Start with our circuit protection products, and ensure every vehicle in the fleet is well protected.

The Benefits of Viewing Your Automotive Electrical Distributor as a Partner

Automotive electrical distributorA vendor is for a sale, a partner is for the long haul.

It’s easy to think of your automotive electrical distributor as nothing more than a website or a catalog you’ve got on your desk. The truth, however, is far different — especially if you want to develop a better working relationship — your distributor can be your partner, if you want them to be. And you should, because working closely with your distributor pays off.

 

Partner Or Vendor?

To start with, your distributor is more invested in your success than you think. After all, the job of an automotive electrical distributor is to sell parts to clients. The more successful your business is, the more parts you’ll buy, and without your business, who’d buy parts? Sure, there are other clients, but a good distributor is interested in helping every business they work with grow and pitching in where they can, like any good partner would be.

 

Help Answering Questions

Every now and then, sometimes more often than we care to admit, there’s a “mystery part” we need. A part that nobody knows the name of, but that does a specific job you need done in a new product, or as part of some product design research. When you’re partners with a vendor, when you know your sales team and their personal touch well, you can call them, lay out what you need, and get their input on potential solutions.

 

Finding New Products

Another advantage is that nobody knows new products like a good distributor. They not only have the IP codes and the technical information, they’ve handled the product, and possibly even tested it themselves. They know when new products are coming out, they know how reliable the manufacturer is, and they know what the product does. And in some cases, they’ll reach out to you because they know the product solves a common problem you have faster, better, cheaper, or maybe even all three. A vendor will just let you buy whatever you want; a partner will help you find the parts you didn’t even know you needed.

Automotive electrical distributorA good partner is a crucial piece of the puzzle.

 

Finding The Right Products

To a vendor, a fuse is a fuse; they all do the same job in the same way, which in this case is getting you to buy fuses. A partner asks you questions about what you’re using the product for, whether you’re settled on a brand or type, or whether you would consider something else. They look for the perfect fuse, the one that they know other customers swear by, the one that they get nothing but praise for.

 

Finding The Right Partners

Over time, your business is going to change; new markets will open up to you, new products will go out in the field and succeed, new challenges will arise and you might need custom parts. A random distributor that doesn’t care about your business’ success can’t help you with that, but the distribution partner that knows you well can. Maybe they’re working with a tool and die shop that can help you cut those custom parts you need, or have a manufacturing expert they work with who can help you revamp your new line. When you’ve got a partner invested in your success, and any good distributor is just that, they help you find more than just the parts you need.

 

Before you can begin a partnership, you need the parts: Check out our terminals and connectors, and start building your partnership with Waytek Wire today.

Automotive Wire 101: The Basics

Automotive wire

Choosing the right automotive wire for the job is important.

 

Unless you’ve been repairing 12-volt equipment for years, the world of automotive wiring can be confusing to say the least. It can be a problem for purchasing departments across the country. So to ensure you’re getting the right wire for the job, here’s an essential overview of the least you’ll need to know about wiring for 12-volt applications.

 

Materials

The best place to start is the material the wire’s made out of. There are two main materials you’ll find in automotive wire: copper and aluminum. They each have advantages and drawbacks you’ll need to be aware of when purchasing for a shop.

For example, copper is more conductive, flexible, and unlikely to corrode than aluminum wire. But copper wire weighs more and is currently more prone to price fluctuations, so you’ll need a good distributor to keep your costs low. Aluminum, by contrast, is lighter and cheaper, but it’s less durable and more likely to corrode or develop more electrical resistance over time.

 

Amperage

Next up is the “load” a wire can take. This is expressed in amperes, often shortened to “amps,” and the total amount of electricity that can flow through the wire is expressed in amperage. You should know the amperage of every single wire that comes into your shop and ensure that it’s clearly labeled. Overloading a wire is enormously dangerous for both your staff and your customers; a wire with the wrong amperage can short out, stalling equipment in dangerous locations, damaging important systems, and even starting fires in extreme cases. So know your amps, and always double-check that the automotive wire you’re ordering can take the load.

Similarly, check with the shop to see what relays, fuses, circuit breakers, and other overload protection they’re using, and similarly make sure you know what connectors the shop will use for their work. Too many amps can short out connectors, too.

 

Gauge

The next step to be aware of is automotive wire gauge. The lower the number of a wire’s gauge, the thicker a wire is. As a rule of thumb, the further your wire needs to go in your design or repair, or the more electricity that needs to flow through it, the lower the gauge needs to be.

If you’re purchasing for repairs, make a point of having the technical manuals for any tractors, lawn equipment, and other vehicles you service handy. The manual often lays out exactly what gauge of wires are used for which components, so you’ll be able to keep the necessary wires in stock.

Automotive wires

Don’t let your shop team get stuck without the components they need.

 

Connections

Wires don’t just connect themselves, as much as mechanics wish they would. There are two kinds of connections: Soldered and solderless. Solderless connections often use terminals, most commonly crimp terminals, to make connections. Solder can be dangerous, since it’s hot metal, but talk with the team down at the shop and see what type of connections you need.

 

Wire Color

One of the best ways to organize your shop and make common repair and construction jobs easy to do is to choose a different color for each type of automotive wire. Some distributors will even offer custom wire striping for your order, allowing you to organize.

 

Learn more about our wire and cable products and our custom wire striping services. We’ll help you secure every wire your shop needs, at the right price.

The Purchasing Manager’s Guide to IP Codes

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Any product can claim to be “safe” or “waterproof,” but when you’re purchasing for a specific application, you need hard data, not vague promises. That’s where ingress protection codes, or IP codes, come into play. Here’s what they do, what they mean, and how to use them when purchasing.

 

What Is “Ingress Protection?”

Certain things can get into an enclosure or part depending on circumstances. Ingress protection breaks these things down into four main categories: dust and particles, water, intrusion by hand or tool, and miscellaneous. That last category is simply there to describe other information you need about a part, such as how it was tested and what can be expected of it in certain circumstances.

 

How Is This Protection Ranked?

Of note, each number and letter has a very specific designation; before ordering any part, you should look up each part of the code to ensure it adheres to the standards you need. Dust and water protection both have a number value. Dust is graded from zero to six, with zero being no protection and six being dust tight.

Water has a value from zero to 9K, with zero being no protection and 9K being ranked to be able to withstand high pressure and high temperature water jets. Note that there’s both a 6 and a 6K; 6 is a rating for water jets with a 12.5mm nozzle, while 6K is rated for a 6.3mm nozzle. Also, there’s no 9 rating; the scale goes from 8 to 9K.

Intrusion by hand or tool has a letter grade from A to D, with A being back of the hand and D being intrusion by wire. This overlaps somewhat with the dust scale from 1-4; only 5 and 6 are dust rankings, and occasionally you’ll see a dust-tight device simply not coded for intrusion. Finally, the miscellaneous category has different letters appended to it.

IP codes

Dust protection can be surprisingly important.

 

How Do I Read IP Codes?

IP codes are read from left to right, with dust, water, intrusion, and miscellaneous in that order. For example, if you had an enclosure that was completely sealed against water and dust, it would be marked with the code IP69K. Note that if a part hasn’t been specifically tested for ingress, but has been shown to have some degree of resistance, there will be an “X” marking in that category. As an example, if our enclosure above hadn’t been dust-tested, but was dust resistant, it would be coded IPX9K.

 

What Does The “Miscellaneous” Category Designate?

There are four codes:

  • f, in lower case, designates a product as oil resistant.
  • H marks a high voltage device.
  • M is to show the device was moving during its water testing.
  • S shows the device was still during its water testing.
  • W designates a device resistant to weather conditions.

 

How Should I Use These Codes When Ordering?

Generally, the codes are useful shorthand for getting exact understanding of vague terms, but it’s important to know what the parts will be subjected to during standard operation. Ask your shop head how much resistance is needed in each area, and how parts might be cleaned or otherwise treated when a vehicle is brought in for repairs.

 

To see a detailed Ingress Protection Ratings Guide, click here.

 

Ingress Protection Ratings can be complex to understand. Our team is Wired To Serve™, so please reach out with any additional IP questions you may have.

 

 

 

Looking Ahead: Four Trends that Will Impact Purchasing Management in 2016

The Future

The purchasing world has changed quickly over the last few years, and 2016 promises to bring even more change to the industry. What can purchasing teams expect to see this year?

 

More Information, And More Ways To Use It

To start with, it’s all about data. You likely already use data in some complex ways right now, tracking how many parts you buy, at what price, and how quickly they go out of stock as your fleet needs repairs and product development kicks into high gear. But in 2016, expect to collect even more data about what you buy, when you buy it, and how much you pay for it, and expect to see new and complex tools that let you break down all this data into reports that track and measure how your processes are working. Over time, you’ll be able to identify patterns in your personal buying trends and be able to tell how your budgets are changing and where you need to dedicate more finances.

 

More Cost-Cutting

Increasingly, companies are looking closely at the bottom line for their fleets, and purchasing departments are likely going to be asked what they can do to reduce costs for their fleet in 2016. One of the key trends will likely be comparing prices; if you buy something with one wholesaler, you might find yourself asked why you didn’t purchase from one with a slightly cheaper price instead. Fortunately, in 2016 you’ll be able to provide an answer; you’ll have more tools to find perks like cheaper shipping or lower costs across a whole order when you buy multiple products in bulk from the right wholesaler. Knowing just how you’ll cut costs is an advantage only smart software and intelligent pricing tools can give you.

 

More Shared Decisions And Departmental Interaction

More and more, purchasing departments are involved in every aspect of the fleet and how it works, and conversely other departments are involved in more purchasing decisions and providing feedback about what parts are purchased and where the budget goes. If a vehicle runs into problems on the road, both the owner and his parts supplier will hear about it. Increasingly, members of the fleet want more feedback about what parts are in the shop and how they’re restocked. A lot of this information is useful stuff you find yourself asking for in the first place, but especially now, as buying becomes more tightly integrated into everything from logistics to operations. So expect to form committees, to be asked questions, and to have answers ready quickly.


Expect more contracts, and closer scrutiny.

Better Relationships

One of the biggest changes in 2016, though, will be related to supplier relationship management. Increasingly, suppliers and customers are less in a vendor/customer relationship and more partnered with each other. Suppliers are offering more and more features on their websites, of course, but nothing can really replace the personal touch of a supplier being able to find the right part right when you need it. Expect even better service as suppliers upgrade their websites and back-end systems, and focus on that personal touch that’s so important.

 

What trends do you think will have the biggest impact on electrical purchasing in 2016 and why? Let us know.

The Top 5 Benefits of Buying Your Automotive Electrical Wire in Bulk

A Picture of Gads of Wire

Have wire when you need it.

In manufacturing, it’s important to have everything you need on hand and ready to go. But it’s also important to strike a balance between products you need in bulk and products you need just-in-time. Automotive wire needs to be in the former category, though, for a number of reasons.

Lower Costs

Automotive wire is likely one of the most commonly used components in 12-volt manufacturing, and as a result it’s always the product you’re looking for the best deal on. Buying in bulk allows you to get the best possible price for the most high quality wire, driving down overall costs and allowing you to secure a lot of a quality product at once for your factory. Over time, you’ll be able to reduce your wire budget without compromising quality or taking shortcuts, and focus your savings on other aspects of purchasing.

Continuous Manufacturing

Nothing drives a production manager or a purchasing department more up the wall than running out of a crucial component right when you need to turn around units. It means expensive rush orders, constant tracking of shipping, idle assembly lines and overtime if the truck will show up at the loading dock after work hours. Buying in bulk means that you’ll always have commonly needed wire in stock at the factory, and that your factory can keep turning out products night and day. It will also help limit any forced pauses in manufacturing by keeping everything you need on the shelves, and limit the number of expensive rush orders you have to file. That means humming assembly lines, and less stress in the purchasing department.

Smoother Purchasing

Operating a purchasing department can often leave you chasing a dozen purchase orders at once. Bulk wire purchases allow you to check a common request off your list while keeping the product in stock, so you can focus on the more difficult purchase orders you need to research and fill. In fact, often your wire distributor can help you track down the more unusual parts you need to order, and can add that to your bulk purchasing, driving down costs even further.

Streamlined Product Development

Developing new products is a complicated process in its own right, and it’s one that can quickly be frustrated by a lack of materials to develop with. By buying wire in bulk, you’ll guarantee the product team has everything they need on hand while freeing them up to experiment with new types of products and take bolder steps in product development. If your team knows a new length of wire is just a visit to the supply department away, they’ll engineer better products.

Automotive electrical wire

Take your wire supply in hand.

A Better Distributor Relationship

Often, a strong relationship with your distributor means simpler pricing, same-day shipping, and other useful perks. If you work with a distributor and lock down a regular bulk order of wire, you’ll start building a relationship with that company and can reach out to them with other needs as they occur. If a last minute rush requirement comes up, you’ll have a distributor you trust to deliver the parts you need.

If you work in a busy manufacturing plant, it’s important to have the right components on hand to ensure that there are no gaps in the product development or production process. To start buying your wire in bulk, see what our wire and cable products can do for your business.

Eight Questions to Ask a Prospective Automotive Electrical Supplier

Ask the Tough Questions

When you’re looking for an automotive electrical supplier, it pays to ask questions. But make sure you’re asking the right ones. If you’re not sure what to ask, here are a few questions to run by a possible supplier.

What Are My Payment Terms?

It sounds basic, but terms can vary widely between suppliers. Some want their invoices paid within thirty days, others within sixty, and so on. Some will also have discount programs if you pay right away, or if you buy above a certain volume, and you should also find out what’s negotiable and what isn’t for the supplier. Policies can vary widely and they’ll appreciate you asking.

What Other Fees Are There?

As we all know, the price for parts in the catalog isn’t the only dollar amount you’ll see on the invoice. Ask closely about their standard fee structure for shipping, fuel surcharges if they deliver locally, and any other costs you’ll want to be aware of to factor into your budget. And again, don’t forget to ask about discounts or ways to skip the fees altogether; if a supplier is local and you can pick up the parts, there’s no reason to make them deliver and pay the fuel surcharge.

Do You Have Liability Insurance?

If a part fails, it can be absolutely catastrophic for your business. So only work with an automotive electrical supplier who can prove they’ll be able to meet their responsibilities if they sell you defective parts. They should be able to provide you with a certificate of liability insurance, and they also should be able to send you a new one every year.

How Quickly Will It Ship?

There’s nothing that can drive a purchasing department crazier than placing an order and watching it not ship. Make sure you know shipping times and when you can expect orders.

When Do I Take Ownership?

With any automotive electrical supplier, this is a key question. Are the products yours, and potentially your problem, once the check clears? Once they arrive on the loading dock? Once you inspect them and confirm the order is correct? Find out just when your parts become yours.

Automotive electrical supplier

Don’t leave your team waiting for parts.

What Are Your Return Policies?

We do our best to eliminate double orders, overstocking, and other problems, but we’re all only human. So if you overstock or otherwise don’t need the parts you order, ask them whether or not you can return and what it’ll cost you to send it back.

What If It Doesn’t Arrive?

Another problem we’ll all face is parts disappearing in transit. In those situations, ask how your supplier will make good on the order. Will you get a refund? A discount on the next order? If it’s a rush order and you have to buy the parts elsewhere, will they pay that invoice?

How Do You Set Prices?

One lesson you learn all too quickly in purchasing is that prices are never guaranteed. In some cases, you can pop up a website, hit reload, and watch prices change with shifts in the market. So make a point of asking how prices are set and more importantly, how they change. If the bottom drops out of the copper market, are you still paying premium prices for wiring?

When choosing an automotive electrical supplier, don’t hesitate to ask questions. The answers will tell you a lot about who you’re doing business with.

Need the best in automotive electrical? Start by viewing our circuit protection products to learn more about what we have to offer.

The Dos and Don’ts of Choosing Wire Terminals and Connectors

Terminals and Connectors

The right wires need the right connections.

 

It’s one thing to have the wires you need to get your automotive electrical project up and running, but those wires need somewhere to terminate, or you might as well leave them on the spool. Here are some dos and don’ts for ensuring every wire has the connection it needs.

Do: Check The Rating Of Each Connector

Wire terminals and connectors generally have a rating in amperes. This is crucial information for choosing the right terminal, as a mismatch between amperes in wire and terminal can ruin a repair, damage the vehicle it’s been made in, and in some cases even put your customers and employees in severe danger from fires and electrocution. So, look at the rating closely; your customers and your team will thank you.

Don’t: Get Tied Up In Jargon

There are plenty of ways a company can hype up their product, ranging from labeling a common design with a fancy marketing-department approved name to making claims about its efficiency that matter less to you than the price. The problem is that sometimes amid all that jargon is actual useful information. So flip past the marketing and look at the technical specifications.

Do: Look Carefully At Your Options

It can be fairly easy to assume that aside from brand names and housing colors, all connectors and terminals are the same. But that can be a trap for purchasing departments; sure, they may do the same job, but they might not be built to the same quality standards, and it’s a hard-learned lesson for many of us that flash and sizzle tend to drive up the price, not the build quality. So once you know what type you need, look carefully at your wholesale options; you might be pleasantly surprised by what turns up.

Terminals and connectors

Give your shop the parts it needs.

Don’t: Leave Your Shop Out Of The Process

If there’s a disconnect between purchasing and the shop they’re supplying, there’s going to be a problem quickly. True, you don’t need to talk brand names or the nuances of wholesale purchasing, but nobody knows the components you use better than the guys who use them, every day. Often the shop team has valuable feedback about which connectors and terminals work best and which they’d rather not use, information you won’t be able to get out of a catalog. Sometimes you’ll need to compromise — especially if you need to switch brands to find a better price or find more efficiency — but make sure they’re in the loop, so you don’t find yourself becoming the returns department.

Do: Work With A Smart Wholesaler

Too often, when buying wire terminals and connectors, people leave the supplier out of the equation. That can be an enormous mistake, and not just because a good wholesaler can find you deals on any connector you’re considering. A wholesaler with everything together will know what connectors you use and why and will be able to guide you to better deals and useful replacements if a part suddenly becomes unavailable or you need a rush order of something that’s low on stock. Especially if you find yourself in need to turn around an order of a specific part quickly, having a good wholesaler in your corner is crucial.

If you need the best automotive electrical components, take a look at our terminals and connectors. We’ll find you the best parts, at the best price, every time.

Five Benefits of Partnering with Wholesale Electrical Suppliers

Wholesale electrical suppliers

A wholesale supplier means stocked shelves.

Working in purchasing, you need the best parts in the right quantities and you need them on time. And in turn, that makes partnering with wholesale electrical suppliers a must. Why?

Cost Savings

The first reason is the simplest: Going wholesale means lower prices. Wholesalers have an undeniable advantage in their ability to buy enormous lots of components, driving down the overall per unit cost for the end buyer. What’s less considered, though, is how far across the board this goes, and that’s what makes partnering such a great idea. You won’t just save on the more exotic and expensive components, you’ll be able to drive down costs across your whole system, from wires and switches to regulators to transducers and sensors. You’ll see a lower cost on fabrication, and be able to pass that onto your customers.

Quicker Turnaround

Another advantage wholesalers have is turnaround. Placing large orders tends to make you a priority, and wholesalers are able to place the largest orders around. That speed in their supply chain means faster turnaround for you. And in turn, that allows you fill orders faster, assemble products faster, and speed up your business. It also means that if you need to fill a rush order, add to a regular order at the last minute, or otherwise stock quickly, you can more easily get it done and get your orders out the door.

More Variety

Another factor is that wholesale electrical suppliers often have access to components that other companies just don’t. Part of this is being good customers, of course, but the constant contact with the manufacturers means that wholesalers hear about new components being built first, and have a deep sourcing network to find obscure or unusual parts you can’t get anywhere else. If your wholesaler can’t find your order component needs on their shelves they can quickly track down a supplier for you and fulfill your order. Even if you need a custom order, your wholesaler will help you track down the supplier you need.

Wholesale electrical suppliers

Never be without a component.

Faster Shipping

Wholesale electrical suppliers need a rapid shipping network, and their customers tend to benefit from that. Wholesalers are able to more quickly and effectively turn around and ship out orders, not least because the wholesale principle works with shipping as well. A busy wholesaler will simply see more visits from shipping companies and thus is better able turn around your orders. In turn, that means you can turn around your orders faster, and have happier customers.

Less Anxiety

The best advantage for purchasers, though, is less anxiety. Wholesalers are more stable, turn around orders faster, keep prices down, and allow you to keep any component, from the standard to the custom-built, available on your shelves. Purchasing can be a stressful, aggravating task when you work with the wrong suppliers, or with suppliers who simply can’t deliver what you need in a timely manner. By partnering with a wholesale electrical supplier, you don’t just secure the best for your business, you give yourself more time to deal with the other tasks on your job.

If you’re looking for a great vendor, look no further than Waytek. Check out what we have to offer by viewing all wire and cable products.

A Guide to Battery Management Systems

Battery management system

If your equipment rolls, floats, lifts, or hauls, it’s probably got a battery management system. The need to protect these core functions makes it crucial to understand what these invaluable components do, how they work, and their place in equipment electrical systems. Here’s the least you need to know.

 

What Is A Battery Management System?

Think of a battery management system as a brain, of sorts, for the battery. It regulates battery usage, collects data on how the battery is functioning, and protects the battery from damage, either through overuse or user error. For example, if you accidentally overcharge a battery powered vehicle, the system will open a circuit and prevent damage to the battery.

 

Why Is It Important?

The battery management system is crucial for both vehicle life and safety. If you talk to an experienced tractor repair foreman or look at old technical manuals for batteries, for example, you’ll find that battery explosions used to be relatively commonplace; as battery management systems have improved, they’ve made this danger a thing of the past.

These systems also ensure you get the most out of your battery by preventing common mistakes like overcharging or completely draining the battery; if you remove too much power from a battery, you’ll reduce its overall capacity. As a result, keeping your system tip-top rewards you with longer battery life and fewer battery changes.

It also assists the user by informing them of problems before they happen. The last thing any shop wants is a forklift stalling in the middle of lifting some freight, so a battery management system will include readouts and alerts that let the operator know of potential problems before they happen.

Finally, it keeps the battery operating smoothly. Many batteries are actually a collection of power cells working together in concert. A battery management system ensures that no undue strain is put on any one cell, and if a cell is disabled, it ensures the operator knows what’s happening.

 

What Are The Parts Of A Battery Management System?

At its most basic, a battery management system will include sensors for detecting heat from the battery, and current going to and from the battery; a protection circuit with two switches to prevent overcharging and overuse of the battery; and some form of visual interface so the user can understand what’s happening in the system. Think the “Low Battery” light you see on a tractor; that’s part of the battery management system.

There can be other elements added to the system, depending on the equipment and user needs. Digital readouts, digital power controllers, additional overload protection, and other parts can be added to the system, although you’ll need to check both wires and voltage for your electrical system before installing any upgrades to ensure they’ll receive power.

 

What Maintenance Needs To Be Done On Battery Management Systems?

In general, battery management systems need the same checks you’d run on any other system. The sensors will need to be cleaned, the switches will need to be examined to ensure they function properly, and so on. With digital systems, a check that the software is properly working is usually also advised.

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