Pentalift Blog - Loading Dock Equipment News
April 2, 2013, 8:06 am - A financial company requested assistance with designing and selecting a dock lift to meet their unique application. For security reasons the vehicles had to be loaded within the confines of the building using a straight drive through traffic pattern. The dock lift illustrated is equipped with pocket style lift out guard rails, when not in use the guard rails are removed from the platform and stored on site. The dock lift is pit installed and the vehicles drive over the dock lift, the guard rails are then installed, the vehicle backs into position. The dock lift platform is 12’ wide, 16’ long, 8’ vertical lift, 15,000 lb. capacity. The dock lift is equipped with a bridge plate on one end to service the vehicle and also on one side of the platform to service an elevated off load position. A remote 10 hp power unit complete with push button controls on a coil cord were also provided.
February 13, 2013, 3:38 pm - Pentalift Equipment Corporation has recently completed and posted a new Hydraulic Dock Leveler video. This comprehensive video provides an overview of many of the operational and safety features designed into Pentalift hydraulic dock levelers to address the requirements of a modern busy loading dock. This video shows the hydraulic operating and safety features as well as control panel selections and some of the structural advantages associated with Pentalift hydraulic dock levelers. Go to http://www.pentalift.com/loading-docks/loading-dock-videos.php to view the video.
January 14, 2013, 2:18 pm - Dock bumpers are a very important component of loading dock installations. Dock bumpers are the target for the backing truck / trailer. The dock bumpers also absorb the forces of the backing truck /trailer when it makes contact with the facility. The impact force from the backing truck / trailer can exceed 200, 000 lbs. Once parked at the facility the truck / trailer bed will move up and down as the weight of the lift truck and load is driven onto and off of it. This movement is referred to as “float”. It is important the dock bumper have the correct physical size and appropriate face material to accommodate the “float” range present at the installation. Steel faced bumpers provide a very effective loading dock bumper solution. Improper bumper selection and application may result in damage to the facility and truck / trailers as well as create safety concerns. Refer to the Pentalift web page for more bumper information http://www.pentalift.com/loading-docks/prodinfo-dock-bumpers.php. A Pentalift representative can assist with proper bumper selection and application.
January 9, 2013, 2:05 pm - Line loss is a decrease in the power supply from the source to the destination. As electricity flows energy is lost due to the heating of the conductor, caused by electrical resistance. AC motors that are utilized in dock levelers and scissor lifts, perform best with line loss less than 5% of the motors requirement. It’s important to determine the distance from the power source to the motor, identify the voltage specified and then calculate the proper gauge off wire to minimize line loss to the electric motor. Line loss is generally more of a concern with lower voltages such as 115/1/60. Line loss concerns increase as the amperage draw increases. With Loading Dock and Lift Equipment, increased hydraulic power unit motor horsepower sizing is the most common reason for amperage draw increases. For additional information http://www.energyaction.com.au/line-loss-factors.html
December 19, 2012, 1:14 pm - Loading docks are usually a busy hub within a company and could have several health and safety risks associated to them. There are several ways to mitigate some of these risk and create a safer work environment at your loading dock. Below are 3 ways to increase the safety at the Loading Dock area. 1. Installing vehicle restraint safety systems improves communication between the dock attendant and the truck driver. This also prevents unscheduled vehicle departures. 2. Winterize your dock area by replacing worn or damaged dock seals and adding weatherseal to the dock levelers. This minimizes snow entry and the subsequent melting thereby reducing slip hazards at the loading dock area. 3. Have dock equipment serviced on an ongoing basis to avoid dock attendants working with compromised equipment resulting in the potential for injury. This equipment includes your dock leveler, vehicle restraints, and bay doors.