Prior to the 1980s, all wet cell racks were
supplied by the battery manufacturer with the battery. Most racks
were considered to be non-seismic or seismic (shock) and the rack
was simply a necessary add-on for the battery manufacturer. The
rack was not a significant element in marketing the battery. The
wet cell lead acid battery and associated rack comprised most of
the battery market.
During the 1980s, ACRAN, Inc. became the
first independent supplier of
racks to the entire battery industry. In 1985, the
first battery spill containment system was designed and then
the Neutra-Mat was developed in
1987. At the same time, the awareness for seismic racks in accordance
with the Uniform Building Code significantly increased the demand
for higher-cost seismic racks.
Early in the 1990s, innovation in the battery
rack market began with ACRANs introduction of the
Total Spill Control System
consisting of a Steel Barrier,
a Neutra-Mat and a Protective
Floor Coating packaged with the rack as a complete system.
In the 1991 October issue of EC&M, Bob Robbins, the founder
of ACRAN, brought to the forefront of the battery rack market, the
proper sizing of battery racks in seismic-prone areas. Later that
year, Battery Room and Safety Accessories
Performance Specification (BRASAPS) was developed and became
a guideline for professional organizations and local authorities.
In 1995 ACRAN introduced
the 8000 Series Battery Rack, which has seismic selection
categories that are based on the battery type, the application,
all six seismic zones, the building classification and the floor
level of the battery room. Most rack suppliers limit their offering
to only three zone choices and assume the worst-case scenario for
all other criteria. The ACRAN rack also comes with anchor bolts
that are certified with the battery rack and a Seismic Certificate
of Conformance is supplied. This radical shift in the way racks
are selected resulted in significant cost savings without compromise
to safety or quality.
ACRAN has constantly been innovating new and better
designs for an integrated spill containment system for battery rooms.
These innovations over the years have resulted in ACRAN offering
complete solutions for all your battery room environmental requirements
from one coordinated source. ACRAN Spill Containment Systems are
unmatched within the industry, in both price and performance.
ACRAN can help bring your battery room into compliance
with building codes and federal regulations, being the system of
choice among Fortune 1000 Companies, Telecommunication Companies
and Utility providers across North America.
Please contact ACRAN Spill Containment,
Inc. with your requirements and let us, the ACRAN
TEAM, show you how we are dedicated
to making your battery room safer and more reliable while bringing
you into compliance with building codes and federal regulations.