Pentalift Blog - Dock Levelers

What is the most common error made when choosing a dock seal?

Compression, with foam pad dock seals the amount of compression is very important. Too little compression results in not enough of a sealing factor, too much compression puts excess pressure on the building wall and causes premature failure of the dock seal. It’s very easy to calculate the correct amount of dock seal compression; measure from the wall the dock seal will be installed on to the face of the dock bumper and add 4”– 6”. 4”-6” of dock seal projection beyond the face of the dock bumper provides the ideal seal.

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We are Building a New Factory. How Do We Determine our Dock Leveler Load Capacity?

The common dynamic total load multiplier is 2.5 when calculating capacity for standard dock leveler applications. However, dynamic total load multiplier can range from 2.0 to 5.0, depending on the severity of the application and the manufacturer. Since there is no recognized industry standard, manufacturers rate their capacities differently. Some may use lower multipliers to be more competitively priced or leave the impression that their particular dock leveler is stronger than other manufacturers. Variables like fork trucks, fork truck weights, type and speed could create the need to increase the dynamic total load multiplier. Click here for an example on how to calculate.

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What Are the Factors Involved Using a Pour In (Cast in Place) Dock Leveler?

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Why Would You Project or Cantilever a Dock Leveler Pit?

Declining driveway approaches are very common at the loading dock area. Incoming vehicles are backed into position at an angle determined by the percentage of the decline. The most effective method to address this situation is to project the dock leveler pit forward. The amount of projection is determined by the percentage of the driveway decline. Projecting the dock leveler pit at the onset eliminates damage caused by vehicle impact to the building and the resultant need for aftermarket bumper extensions, longer hinged lip assemblies etc. to address this condition. Please click here for more information.

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Factors to Consider When Deciding Between a Hydraulic Dock Leveler or a Mechanical Dock Leveler

Choosing between a hydraulic dock leveler and mechanical dock leveler depends on what is most important to the user. Mechanical dock levelers cost less than hydraulic dock levelers, but mechanical dock levelers do require periodic (2 times a year) adjustable maintenance throughout use of the equipment. Hydraulic levelers can handle higher load capacities and also operate more easily than mechanical dock levelers, due to a manual push button that operates the power unit. While hydraulic dock levelers do require a power source, mechanical dock levelers do not require any sort of electric power due to its spring activation. Both hydraulic dock levelers and mechanical dock levelers should be lubricated and inspected regularly to prolong safe operation.

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