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July 24, 2015, 10:58 am - Companies across the manufacturing marketplace are now targeting and removing waste from their strategies in an effort to implement a “lean” manufacturing strategy. Lean manufacturing is a way to reduce company costs and improve process efficiency while retaining a commitment to meeting in-house targets. Before they begin creating their lean manufacturing strategies, companies must first […]
July 16, 2015, 10:52 am - With truck designs evolving and safety becoming the most important element within dock areas, manufacture engineers have to pay particular attention to dock leveler technology. Only by researching the field and speaking with the market experts can company owners select the optimal dock leveler for their operations. And so within this post, we’ll provide three […]
July 10, 2015, 1:42 pm - Why do most loading dock equipment manufacturers offer both a pit model and a surface model of dock lifts? The majority of dock lifts are manufactured to suit a recessed pit installation. In some applications the site is unable to accommodate a recessed pit, perhaps due underground services and the difficulty and/or expense associated with rerouting them. In this application, temporary applications, or perhaps just for flexibility in the future, a surface installed dock lift equipped with an approach ramp can be the best solution. Pit model dock lifts are available in the most platform sizes, capacity’s and with many more options available. There is a definite requirement for both models of dock lifts; the application generally dictates the right selection. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
July 2, 2015, 10:33 am - A business that requires the use of a warehouse must have the means to keep the warehouse organized to protect their inventory during day-to-day operations. Many business leaders struggle with this task as dynamic business elements can interfere within the organization process. Fortunately, there are a number of solutions to this common business challenge. Within […]
June 26, 2015, 5:57 pm -
Many applications will require that your lift table be installed into a concrete pit.
The first thing to consider is your pit's overall dimensions. Beginning with the width and length, you want to leave a 1" gap around the perimeter of the platform, between the edge of the deck and edge of the pit wall. As a starting point, therefore, your overall pit width and length will be the platform width + 2" and the platform length + 2". This is for a lift table with no hinged bridges. Once you add a manually operated hinged bridge, you need to provide additional clearance between the edge of the platform and the edge of the pit wall, to allow space for the hinge spools, etc. This additional gap requirement increases further if you are utilizing a hydraulic hinged bridge, to permit space for the cylinder to extend the bridge. Consult your Pentalift Sales Representative when employing hydraulic bridges.
The next consideration is the depth of the pit. You want to cut your pit to the fully lowered height of the lift table, plus an additional 1/4", to ensure that the table does not project out of the pit. It is much better to have to shim a table slightly to bring it up to floor height then it is to try to rework a pit because the equipment has a slight projection. Once you have the pit dimensions finalized, you will need to consider the configuration of the power unit and the type of options on the table to determine any conduit requirements. Please contact your Pentalift Sales Representative if you have any questions about requirements for pit installation of lift tables.