Pentalift Blog - Manufacturing Industry

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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What Information Does a Lift Table Provider Require?

When a customer gets in contact with a lift table provider, there are a minimum of 5 questions the customer should expect to get asked. The questions are: How much vertical travel would you like the lift table to have? What platform size would you like the table to have? Is this table going to be installed on the floor or installed in a pit? What voltage is available to run this table? Can I have a brief description of your application? These 5 questions are the basics of putting together a simple lift table quote. Each answer can lead to another question. For example, if a customer wants to install a lift table in a pit, the appropriate safety features must be applied to the table. If the table is going into a pit, the provider will generally ask if the customer would prefer bevel toe guards or toe sensors to minimize shear points around the whole table. Generally, the more unique the application is, the more information a provider needs to get. 

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“Pentaflow Cylinders vs. Regular Cylinders”

Pentaflow lift cylinders are unique. In the base of the cylinder piston there is a port. This port is sealed by a ball to prevent oil from passing through. When oil is pumped into the cylinder, the cylinder extends. When the cylinder is at full extension, an actuator pushes the ball off the port which allows oil to return to the reservoir. This prevents the cylinder from dead ending. This also helps bleed any air inside of the hydraulic system. When the cylinder retracts, it siphons hydraulic oil into the top of the cylinder keeping all components of the cylinder lubricated.

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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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5 Traits to Look For when Staffing New Manufacturing Engineers

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