Pentalift Blog - Dock Lifts

What Are The Different Operating Choices For Lift Tables?

There are 3 different operating types of lift tables. They are hydraulic, pneumatic and self leveling. All 3 styles are different but have their benefits, depending on what the application is. Hydraulic lift tables offer the widest range of features and customization regarding platform size, capacity, vertical travel, and safety features. Pneumatic lift tables are offered in an air bag design which is limited to 24” of travel. The air bag lift tables may be limited but if an airline is the only power source available to run the lift table, an air motor running a hydraulic system is available. Pneumatic lift tables are commonly used in wash down or areas where electrical sparking can cause a concern. Self leveling lift tables are mostly used for ergonomic applications. Self leveling lift tables require no power at all but do require a fork truck in order to load or unload the full pallet.

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What Are the Limitations of Air Bag Lift Tables?

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When Do You Choose A Dock Lift Instead Of A Dock Leveler?

Dock lifts are generally used if you don’t have a conventional 4 foot high loading dock area. A dock lift would be used to get product from a truck to ground level or vice versa. In multiple dock positions, something that is becoming more common is the use of a dock lift. While dock levelers will handle the conventional trucks, in addition to conventional trucks a dock lift can accommodate any incoming truck bed height (FedEx, UPS, etc.). Dock lifts can also be used to store property maintenance equipment in the offseason. Common applications for a dock lift are institutions, retail outlets, universities, hospitals, etc. If the decision is to go with a dock lift, you can select from a pit installed model or a surface installed (no pit required). Often the application dictates the most appropriate product to select.

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Why Does It Cost More To Paint A Colour That Is Not Company Standard?

All manufacturers have a standard paint colour that is for brand identity or for economy of scale in any high volume manufacturing facility. Pretty much any colour other than the manufacturer’s standard is available, but at an upcharge. The reason for this upcharge is due to the purchasing process, receiving process and manufacturing process. Depending on the colour of the paint, primer may need to be added to the lift table before the paint is applied. When painting a lift table a custom colour, the painter must first clean the lines with xylene. The painter then must pour primer into the paint gun reservoir and apply the primer to the table. Once the painter finishes applying the primer, the painter then takes the primer out of the paint gun reservoir and cleans the lines with xylene again. The painter must then put the custom colour paint into the paint gun reservoir, apply the paint to the lift table, and clear the lines for the last time. Depending on what paint a company chooses, the lift table may need to be specially packaged before it is shipped to the customer. Most manufactures require a RAL number of the colour requested to assure that the paint colour is exactly as ordered.

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Why Are There So Many Horse Power Ratings For Lift Tables?

The reason lift tables have various horse power ratings is strictly to achieve typical speeds of vertical travel. The quicker the oil can be pumped into a cylinder, the quicker the cylinder extends, increasing the lift speed. Generally, the higher the capacity of the lift table, the more cylinders the lift table will require. In order to maintain typical lift speeds of 10 – 12 feet per minute, a higher rated power unit is used to achieve these speeds.

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