Pentalift News Blog
August 19, 2013, 8:43 am - A steel processing company requested assistance in designing a custom lift table to suit their application. The steel to be handled arrived in 3 lengths; 8’ long, 16’ long and 24’ long. The lift table was designed with 3 leg sets under a common platform providing support directly under each of these 3 lengths of steel. The platform size is 10’ wide, 24’ long; the vertical lift is 6’ and the lift has an overall capacity rating of 40,000 lbs. The lift table is equipped with a hydraulic velocity fuse and both a bottom position and top position field adjustable limit switch for precise, repetitive positioning. Click here for more info
July 5, 2013, 4:33 pm - Starting with first point of contact, the newest addition to Pentalift’s website video library thoroughly describes the process when designing and fabricating custom lift tables. It demonstrates the communication with the customer to determine application requirements, the budgeting and estimating processes, design review, along with the other steps involved before an order is released for production. The new video then takes you to the production floor and shows the viewer how Pentalift ensures lift table quality by keeping hydraulic cylinder manufacturing, power unit assembly, and fabrication of control panels all in-house. Click to view Pentalift's Custom Lift Table Capabilities Video
June 3, 2013, 2:30 pm - Dock lifts that raise or lower lift trucks should always be ordered with a hydraulic pop up chock to increase safety at the loading dock area. Pentalift’s hydraulic operated pop up chock forms a protective barrier to prevent the lift truck from driving off the elevated dock lift platform to the floor level. The operation of the hydraulic pop up chock is both automatic and effective. With the dock lift in the lowered position the pop up chock is flush to the floor level, the lift truck is driven onto the dock lift. When the operator activates the dock lift to raise, the pop up chock is hydraulically driven into the vertical position before the dock lift platform begins to raise. Only when the pop up chock is in position will the dock lift raise. As the fork lift backs off the trailer onto the dock lift the pop up chock acts as a safety barrier to prevent the lift truck from accidentally driving off the dock lift due to either lift truck mechanical failure or weather conditions. Only when the dock lift is fully lowered does the automatic pop up chock retract flush to the floor position allowing the lift truck to leave the platform safely.
May 13, 2013, 10:28 am - Declining approaches are very common at the loading dock area, incoming vehicles are backed into position at an angle determined by the percentage of the decline. The most effective method to address this situation is to project the dock leveler pit forward; the amount of projection is determined by the percentage of the decline. Projecting the dock leveler pit at the onset eliminates damage caused by vehicle impact to the building and the resultant need for aftermarket bumper extensions, longer hinged lip assemblies etc. to address this condition. At loading docks equipped with dock seals, the dock seals can be tapered (more projection on the bottom than the top) to suit the percentage of decline, this assures an efficient and even top to bottom seal without putting undue stress on the building walls. For additional information please contact your local Pentalift sales representative. More on pit projection
April 22, 2013, 2:22 pm - A very high percentage of field issues with loading dock equipment can be directly attributed to improper or incomplete installation. This could result in the compromised function and operation of the equipment, Pentalift provides thorough step by step installation instructions. We encourage you to take the required actions within your organization to ensure that all of the installation procedures are completed as specified in the owners manual and installation instructions. More on proper installation