Pentalift Blog - Custom Lifts

When Working With Hydraulic Lifts, What’s the Difference Between a Hinged Bridge Plate, a Hinged Lip, and an Approach Ramp?

A hinged bridge plate and a hinged lip is actually the same thing. The most common industry term is a hinged bridge plate. Hinged bridge plates are a transition plate from the lift platform to either a truck bed or an upper elevation. An approach ramp has a significantly different purpose. The purpose of an approach ramp is to transition typically from the floor onto the platform. For example there is a series of dock lifts that have both an approach ramp and a hinged bridge plate. The approach ramp is for the pallet truck or cart to transition from the floor to the lift platform. With the pallet truck on the platform, the dock lift raises to the truck height. The hinged bridge is then positioned on the bed of the truck, which allows the pallet truck to move on and off of the delivery truck. The hinged bridge plate is then raised to the stored position, the platform lowers and the pallet truck exited via the approach ramp.

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Are Drive On Lift Tables Available In Custom Sizes?

As standard, No Low lift tables are available in 3 different capacities: 2,500 lbs, 4000 lbs, and 6000 lbs are the different capacities you can choose from. Standard platform size range is from 44”Wx48”L to 50”Wx54”L and standard vertical travel is 35”. There are applications that do need a bigger platform size, more capacity, or a higher vertical travel. Also as standard, No Low lift tables have a back stop meaning you can only take a load on and off of the lift from one end. It is possible to get an application where the No Low lift table does not have a back stop. This therefore allows the operator to pick up the load from the front or back of the lift table.

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What Is The Standard Cycle Time For A Hydraulic Lift Table?

In the lift table industry the standard duty cycle is 8 full cycles (up and down) per hour for 8 hours per day, 5 days a week. If an application needs more than 8 cycles per hour, then a number of components can be used to make the lift table last longer. All bushings are replaced with spherical barring’s, leg rollers are upgraded to cam followers, continuous running power units are available to avoid starting and stopping the lift tables motor on a repetitive basis, and central lubrication is applied. This means that all lubrication points are connected to one central manifold in an easy accessible place.

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Why Do Lift Tables Have a Guarded Foot Pedal Control Option?

A lift table’s standard and most common control unit is a push button control unit. The problem you may experience with a push button control unit is that in order to operate the lift table, the operator must use their hands to control the table. This can slow efficiency because if an operator is positioning a load and decides to raise or lower the table, he must first position the load before operating it. If he has a guarded foot pedal control station, the operator can simply lift the table using his foot while positioning the load. This option increases efficiency while still being safe.

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What Does Low Height, Travel, and Raised Height Mean in Lift Table Terms?

In lift table terms, low height refers to the measurement of the top of the table’s platform to the floor when the table is in its lowest position. Travel refers to the amount of vertical lift from the tables resting position to its highest position. Raised position is the measurement of the table’s platform to floor when the table is at its extended height.

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