Pentalift Blog - Loading Dock Equipment News
May 26, 2016, 4:05 pm - Hydraulic Dock Levelers use a push button control to operate the dock leveler. When the button is pushed, an electric motor starts and a hydraulic cylinder is used to raise the platform. A second hydraulic cylinder extends the lip assembly. When the dock attendant releases the control button, the dock leveler automatically lowers into position on the truck bed. Air Powered Dock Levelers, though structurally the same, use a push button control station to operate a 115/1/60 pneumatic blower to inflate an air bladder. This in turn, raises the dock leveler platform. A mechanical assembly operates the hinged lip. Once the lip is actuated and fully extended, the dock attendant releases the control button and the dock leveler automatically lowers into position on the truck bed.Contact a Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
March 31, 2016, 11:01 am - Loading dock information regularly references TENV Electric Motors and TEFC Electric Motors. What is the difference? TENV stands for Totally Enclosed Not Ventilated Electric Motors. These are used in a wide variety of smaller horsepower applications. This type of electric motor radiates its excess heat through the body of the motor. It is commonly built with special high temperature insulation. TEFC stands for Totally Enclosed, Fan-Cooled Electric Motor. These are constructed with a small fan on the rear shaft covered by housing. The fan is used to assist in cooling the electric motor. Dock levelers commonly use TENV motors and dock lifts commonly use TEFC motors. Contact a Pentalift Sales Representative for further information.
March 9, 2016, 1:59 pm - Hydraulic conversion kits are used to convert a structurally sound, mechanically activated dock leveler to full hydraulic operation. A hydraulic conversion kit consists of a hydraulic lift cylinder, a hydraulic lip cylinder, electric power unit, control station, and all of the brackets required. It typically takes a qualified technician 3 to 4 hours to complete the conversion. Hydraulic conversions are available in any single phase or three phase voltage. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for additional information.
February 24, 2016, 3:29 pm - Interlocking dock equipment is becoming more common than ever. Interlocking the equipment improves safety at the loading dock area and also reduces potential for loading dock area equipment damage. First let’s identify some of the equipment that is commonly interlocked…usually equipment such as hydraulic dock levelers, vehicle restraints, overhead doors and inflatable dock seals. For […]
February 10, 2016, 10:43 am - The Edge of Docks, commonly referred to as EOD’s, are offered both in a mechanically operated version, the EDML, and in a hydraulically operated version, the EHD. The EDML mechanical version is supplied with an actuating bar that the dock attendant uses to raise and position the EOD on the truck bed for loading to begin. There are loading dock applications that have a specific requirement for equipment that is physically easy for the operator to use, in this case a hydraulic version is available, the EHD. One push button station controls all of the operations of the EHD. EOD’s are available in 4 different deck widths (66” wide and 72” wide are the 2 most common) and there are 3 capacities to select from 20,000 lb, - 25,000 lb, and 30,000 lb. Edge of Docks are a cost effective and safe alternative to a portable dock plate at the loading dock area. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.