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January 12, 2016, 8:10 am - There are two common methods to install an Edge of Dock (EOD) to the front of the building's foundation wall. At many loading dock areas it is quite common for a steel angle iron or a steel channel to be cast directly into the concrete at floor height. If the steel plate is there, then the EOD is welded directly to the steel plate. If there is no embedded steel angle, then the EOD is bolted directly to the front of the foundation at the shipping door. Once the EOD is in place, then the dock bumpers are bolted into position using concrete anchors to the foundation wall, one on either side of the EOD. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
December 28, 2015, 3:32 pm - Most dock heights are in the range of 46” to 50”, with 48” being the most common. An Edge of Dock, commonly referred to as an EOD, is an economical alternative to a portable aluminum dock plate. Pentalift offers both a hydraulic version and a mechanical version.
The EOD acts as a ramp between the truck bed and the building floor when the truck is being loaded or unloaded. EOD’s are a cost effective way to move a pallet truck, 2 wheel cart etc. from the building floor to the truck. In addition to providing the actual transfer ramp, EOD’s are supplied with solid rubber dock bumpers to protect the wall from impact as the truck backs into position. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
December 21, 2015, 11:09 am - While Pentalift offers a wide range of pre-engineered solutions for many routine lift table applications, our true specialty is learning about a customer's unique application and coming up with custom lift table solutions for their requirements. Here is a recent example of a case study that illustrates how Pentalift will work with the customer to develop custom equipment.
The result is a lift table with a dual direction sliding platform, and with safety elements that prevent the slide from operating until the lift table has exited the pit, and once the lift table is out of the pit, additional safety elements that will ensure the slide has returned to the home position before permitting the lift table to return into the pit. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
November 30, 2015, 4:13 pm - The majority of dock lift control stations are electrically operated to both raise and lower the platform, so if there is a power failure the control buttons will not operate the lift table. If the dock lift is in the elevated position when the power failure occurs you will not be able to lower the dock lift unless the power unit is equipped with an optional manual lowering valve. The manual lowering valve would be located on the power unit, and when opened, the hydraulic oil in the lift cylinders will be directed back to the reservoir. This will permit the table to lower. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.
September 30, 2015, 9:06 am -
All requests for lift tables can be classified into two general categories at the most basic level...either requests that fall within the characteristics of Pentalift's standard Pre-Engineered Products, or requests for unique and custom pieces of equipment. Generally there is no requirement for an approval drawing when a customer is seeking a piece of equipment from Pentalift's Pre-Engineered Products. When a custom piece of equipment is required, then an approval drawing will need to be reviewed and signed by the customer before proceeding.
The approval drawing is a visual representation of specified equipment that is generated by Pentalift Engineering after quote and design stages are complete, and once there is a commitment to proceed to order. The drawings will reflect all of characteristics for the custom equipment that were included on the quote. Approval drawings will always include one drawing of the equipment itself, but there will often be addition drawings to illustrate the associated pit, or the electrical schematic, or the hydraulic schematic, etc. Depending on the significance and complexity of the customization, generating approval drawings can take between 2 and 5 business days on average. Once the drawings are generated, they will be sent to the customer for review and approval before the order will be formally entered in production schedule. Contact your Pentalift Sales Representative for more information.