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Why would an application require a remote power unit instead of a self-contained power unit?

A self-contained power unit is a power unit that is attached or underneath the lift table making the power unit and the lift table one piece of equipment. A remote power unit is detached from the equipment making it free from the equipment itself. The reason a company would choose to go with a remote power unit instead of a self-contained power unit is for two main reasons, the application or the size of the power unit itself. Some applications require their equipment to have a higher HP power unit which is too big to have attached or under the lift itself. Another reason a power unit may be remote is because the application requires the power unit to be away from the equipment. For example in a wash down application the power unit should be far away from the lift table to prevent water damage to the power unit.

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Why is zinc plating commonly used on a vehicle restraint?

The majority of vehicle restraints are exposed to the elements. Zinc plating the vehicle restraint improves the loading dock area’s aesthetics by eliminating any rusting on the unit itself.

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Why would a company decide to go with an edge of dock?

An edge of dock is an effective alternative to a manual dock plate. The equipment can easily be removed or transferred to another site. The down side of an edge of dock application is that it is only primarily designed for light duty applications involving pallet trucks or carts. The leading reason for a company to purchase an edge of dock would be because of its price and application. Edge of docks are available in both can be manual or hydraulic both being very easy to operate.

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What is a self leveling lift table?

A self leveling lift table is a table that adjusts its height automatically when weight is added or removed to the unit. Its main use is to help improve ergonomics in the work place by keeping the load at a comfortable height for the operator. Self leveling lift tables are also equipped with a rotating top to minimize reaching and provide access to any product on the table more conveniently. Options available include a rotator break, fork pockets, and accordion bellows. Self leveling lift tables are spring actuated which would be rated as a green product because there is no requirement for an incoming power supply or risk of contamination from a hydraulic oil spill.

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Why are projected or cantilevered dock leveler pits required?

The majority of loading dock areas has a level approach as the truck backs into the loading dock bay and contacts the dock bumpers. In some applications the truck backs down a declined approach to get to the loading dock bay. Without making special pit considerations the top of the truck’s trailer could impact the building wall or the closed overhead door causing severe damage before the bottom of the trailer contacts the dock bumpers. In this application it is recommended to extend or project the pit and the dock bumpers forward to ensure the truck contacts the dock bumpers first. As a guideline project the pit 1” forward per every percent of declined approach.

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