Pentalift Blog - Manufacturing Industry

In Order For A Lift Table To Go into A Pit, What Safety Features Must Be Equipped?

Lift tables that are placed in a pit require different features than a lift table that is lagged to the floor. When a lift table is placed in a pit, it introduces potential pinch point between the underside of the platform and the pit wall. In order to minimize pinch point hazards, lift tables are required to either have bevel toe guards or electric toe sensors. Bevel toe guards are steel plates on the side of the table positioned at approximately a 30 degree angle towards the frame to provide physical warning of interference. A toe sensor is a bar that wraps around the perimeter of a lift table’s platform and if it contacts any obstruction, it will stop the lift table from lowering until the obstruction is moved away. These are the two most common safety features for pit application lift tables.

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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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Characteristics of Tandem Lift Tables.

A Tandem Lift Table is a table that is used for an application in which the platform’s length needs to be much longer than the platform’s width. Tandem Lift Tables are generally used to assist lengthy and narrow applications such as long pieces of wood, 2x4’s or hydro poles. To support the oversized load, there are 2 sets of scissor legs under the table’s platform to accommodate the load it is lifting. Tandem lift tables cost more than standard lift tables but are the perfect piece of equipment for certain applications.

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Custom Lift Table Applications

A number of years ago, Pentalift was successful in assisting a foundry and their requirements in the initial design stages. The foundry recently contacted Pentalift with the details of another project providing the same service as the original design with some modifications. For the history behind the first project, please click here. To see many different examples of our custom lift tables please click here

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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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