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Why are some Dock Lift applications classified as Custom Lift Tables?

The majority of dock lift manufacturers have a pre-engineered product line selection to cover the majority of all typical dock lift applications hence they are referred to as Dock Lifts. There are a number of applications that a dock lift has to raise higher than a standard dock lift, wider than a standard dock lift, longer than a standard dock lift, stainless steel construction etc. Even though the application requirements are often similar these lifts are outside of many dock lift manufacturers standard product line offering. There are a small number of dock lift manufacturers that also welcome customization to suit a specific application. As this type of equipment is often a “one off” they are processed as custom lift tables, similar to ordering off the menu.

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What limitations are there on Self Leveling Lift Tables in a De-Palletizing Application?

Self leveling lift tables are very common in de-palletizing or palletizing applications. When empty self leveling lift tables store in the raised position, in a de-palletizing application a lift truck or a “straddle” lift truck first places the fully loaded pallet on the raised platform. The pallet is then lowered and the weight of the pallet forces the self leveling lift table down into the closed fully lowered position. The top of the loaded pallet is now at the ideal ergonomic operators working height. As the operator de-palletizes (removes product) the self leveling lift table automatically raises keeping the work in the operators best ergonomic position. When de-palletizing completed the process begins again. In this application either a lift truck or a “straddle” lift truck is required, without this equipment being available is the limitation to this product selection.

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Is hot dip galvanizing expensive?

Hot dip galvanizing is significantly more costly on the front end than a spray galvanized or a painted equipment finish. The increased costs can be associated with the extra handling during the manufacturing process, the shipping costs of the sub-assemblies to and from the galvanizer’s facility and any rework required before final assembly. In some applications hot dip galvanized equipment (although initially more costly) is not considered expensive in relation to the extended structural lifetime of the product. In corrosive or repeated wash down applications hot dip galvanizing is often a worthwhile investment.

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In a Dock Lift Installation what are protective bollards?

Protective bollards serve the same function as loading dock bumpers. When the truck is backed into position bollards or loading dock bumpers stop the incoming truck movement and protect the loading dock equipment from damage. As many dock lifts are installed ahead of the building foundation steel bollards are typically poured into position to keep the truck from impacting the dock lift. Steel bollards are often 6” – 8” in diameter, typically installed approximately 4’ above grade and 4’-6’ below grade cast in concrete, secure enough to take vehicle low speed impact. The bollards are filled with concrete and often rebar is then inserted. The top of the bollards concrete has a slight crown to assist with water run-off.

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What’s new in Hydraulic Lift Tables?

The most significant change is not actually in the lift table design but the new and innovative ways that lift tables are being used. In this competitive environment many companies are constantly looking for ways to improve efficiencies and save money. Lift table manufacturers that provide custom designed lift and positioning equipment are seeing more and more innovative inquiries from customers as they look for ways to streamline their processes. Even long term tried and proven processes are now being looked at with an eye towards how we can make this process even more efficient. The customer knows their end goal and they are calling on custom lift table manufacturers for assistance in applying lift, tilt and rotation practises to many new applications.

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