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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 17, 2016, 3:31 pm - Lift tables can be ordered with many different surface finishes. The selected finish is based on the application requirements. If a lift table is used in an industrial setting for positioning or in an ergonomic application then standard enamel paint finish is usually acceptable. Upgrading to epoxy paint finish provides optimum protection against abrasion, corrosive fluids, extreme temperature and impact. Pentalift's standard paint color is gray, however you can upgrade to any desired custom color. Lift tables can also be galvanized for use in wash down applications or even manufactured from 100% stainless steel for use in the “direct contact” food processing industry. When the overall design parameters have been finalized then the Sales Representative can suggest the most suitable finish for the application. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for additional information.
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.
January 28, 2016, 3:45 pm - Edge of Docks, or EODs, will not work at all shipping doors but they do work very well in the right application. Most loading dock heights are in the range of 46” to 50” with 48” being most common. The EOD extends approximately 27” from the building wall when it is in position on the truck with the hinged lip extended. Because of the relatively short deck length the EOD will not work with trucks that are any more than 4”-5” above or below dock height because the ramp is too steep. EOD’s are almost always bolted or welded directly to the front of the foundation wall. Because there is no structural support under the EOD they are designed for light weight applications that use 2 wheel carts or pallet trucks. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for additional information.