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What is Considered to be a High Cycle Lift Table Application?

The majority of lift tables are designed to be cycled 8 times per hour during an 8 hour shift, 5 days a week. In an application that needs more cycles than the standard amount, lift tables are recommended to be equipped with a high cycle package. A high cycle package consists of cam followers in place of leg rollers, spherical bearings in place of bushings, and often equipped with a central lubrication system. In addition to these components, high cycle lift tables are often specified with a continuous running power unit. A continuous running power unit is a power unit that keeps the motor running even when the lift table is not in use which eliminates any jog starting of the power unit resulting in pre mature wear.

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In Order For A Lift Table To Go into A Pit, What Safety Features Must Be Equipped?

Lift tables that are placed in a pit require different features than a lift table that is lagged to the floor. When a lift table is placed in a pit, it introduces potential pinch point between the underside of the platform and the pit wall. In order to minimize pinch point hazards, lift tables are required to either have bevel toe guards or electric toe sensors. Bevel toe guards are steel plates on the side of the table positioned at approximately a 30 degree angle towards the frame to provide physical warning of interference. A toe sensor is a bar that wraps around the perimeter of a lift table’s platform and if it contacts any obstruction, it will stop the lift table from lowering until the obstruction is moved away. These are the two most common safety features for pit application lift tables.

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Semi Portable Lift Tables

A semi portable lift table has two rollers on one end of the frame and a removable dolly handle on the other end. With the dolly handle removed, the lift table frame sits on the floor. If the lift table is to be moved to a different location, the dolly handle is positioned lifting the frame clear of the floor on to the two fixed wheels. This permits a lift table to be portable while maintaining a comparatively low height. Due to the portability, lift tables are provided with a self-contained 115/1/60 power unit and either a hand held push button or foot pedal controls. One semi portable lift table can service multiple work stations.

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Our Factory Is Looking To Improve Ergonomics At A Work Station. What do We Need?

Pentalift manufactures the most extensive line of standard lift tables, tilters and rotators to perform tasks in the most efficiently and ergonomically correct method. These products reduce the risk of operator injury, improve operator comfort and morale as well as increase productivity. Click here for more information.

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We are Building a New Factory. How Do We Determine our Dock Leveler Load Capacity?

The common dynamic total load multiplier is 2.5 when calculating capacity for standard dock leveler applications. However, dynamic total load multiplier can range from 2.0 to 5.0, depending on the severity of the application and the manufacturer. Since there is no recognized industry standard, manufacturers rate their capacities differently. Some may use lower multipliers to be more competitively priced or leave the impression that their particular dock leveler is stronger than other manufacturers. Variables like fork trucks, fork truck weights, type and speed could create the need to increase the dynamic total load multiplier. Click here for an example on how to calculate.

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