Pentalift Blog - Dock Lifts

Can lift trucks be used on dock lifts?

Although manual pallet trucks or power driven pallet trucks are the most common pieces of material handling equipment used on a dock lift some applications call for the use of a lift truck. If using a lift truck on a dock lift there is one very important option to consider. With the dock lift in the lowered closed position the operator drives the lift truck onto the dock lift platform. As soon as the up button is operated an optional automatic hinged hydraulic roll off stop on the dock lift is activated, basically a hinged barrier rises behind the lift truck. When the dock lift is in the raised position the vertical hinged barrier prevents the lift truck from accidentally driving off the back of the dock lift. When the dock lift is lowered to the closed position the hinged barrier automatically lowers, the lift truck then drives off.

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Can hydraulic lift tables be used outside?

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What to expect if equipment is hot dip galvanized?

The hot dip galvanizing process has a number of factors to consider. Extended delivery-the equipment is first built, tested dismantled and shipped in sub-assemblies to the galvanizer. After the hot dip galvanizing process is completed the equipment is returned and re-assembled, there is often some element of rework such as re-threading tapped holes etc. Distortion-the sub-assemblies consist of many different steel materials and thicknesses. The hot dip process and the cooling stages often distort the lighter gauge steel, although structurally sound there is an aesthetic difference. Additional costs-this process involves the initial assembly, dismantling into sub-assemblies, shipping costs, re assembly and rework. However in the right application the additional costs are considered to be a good investment in the extended lifetime of the equipment.

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Pentalift introduces a dock lift hydraulic actuated bridge assist.

In some applications a longer bridge plate is required to span the gap between the truck bed and the dock lift platform. The longer the bridge plate the more the weight increases and in some cases they become too heavy to be operated manually. The dock lift hydraulic actuated bridge assist is installed on the platform and at only 10” wide minimally impedes the usable platform width. The bridge plate is stored in the vertical position, manually the bridge plate is lowered and a flow control valve assures a smooth lowering rate of speed. When the loading is completed the dock attendant simply activates a push button. The bridge plate is hydraulically actuated from the level loading position back into the vertical stored position. This feature improves safety, ergonomics and efficiency at the dock area and is available at time of dock lift sale or as an aftermarket retrofit.

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Why are some Dock Lift applications classified as Custom Lift Tables?

The majority of dock lift manufacturers have a pre-engineered product line selection to cover the majority of all typical dock lift applications hence they are referred to as Dock Lifts. There are a number of applications that a dock lift has to raise higher than a standard dock lift, wider than a standard dock lift, longer than a standard dock lift, stainless steel construction etc. Even though the application requirements are often similar these lifts are outside of many dock lift manufacturers standard product line offering. There are a small number of dock lift manufacturers that also welcome customization to suit a specific application. As this type of equipment is often a “one off” they are processed as custom lift tables, similar to ordering off the menu.

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