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When are dock leveler free standing frames used?

In some loading dock areas floor space is at a premium, in an application like this it is common to install the dock leveler just outside the overhead door in a free standing frame. If there is an existing facility that requires an additional loading dock it is common to research what services (gas, electricity, water, drain etc.) are below the existing poured concrete floor. If there are no services under the slab a pit is constructed, if there is services below the poured concrete floor it is common to use a dock leveler free standing frame as opposed to excavating and re-routing the services.

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Why do the majority of portable lift tables have a recommended maximum 6,000 lb load capacity?

Portable lift tables typically have 2 fixed casters and 2 swivel casters equipped with either steel or phenolic wheels for mobility and ease of positioning. Manually moving a lift table with more than 6,000 lbs creates significant inertia that is difficult to stop, it’s easier to start the fully loaded lift table moving than stopping the fully loaded lift table. There are applications requiring portable lift tables with much higher load ratings, these high capacity portable lift tables are generally power driven or towed from location to location.

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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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What is dock leveler lip crown?

The majority of all loading dock positions service varying heights of incoming trucks, it is important to have a dock leveler service trucks higher than finished floor level. The hinged lip assembly when fully extended is not level (not the same trajectory) with the dock leveler deck assembly, by design it is slightly tapered downward. If the lip did not have this tapered downward (crown) feature when a truck is in position that is higher than the floor level the tip of the lip would project upwards creating a barrier. Dock levelers can be ordered with reduced lip crown, this would be appropriate when the finished floor height and the truck bed height are consistently the same.

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What is the point of a guarded foot pedal control?

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