Loading dock seals are most commonly fabric covered foam that is attached to a wood backboard. The 3 piece dock seal is installed on the two sides and on the top of an overhead door at the loading dock. The majority of dock seals are a compression design providing a gasket type seal between the sides and top of the parked trailer and the building wall. A proper dock seal installation will automatically lower energy costs by creating this gasket type seal at the loading dock doors.  https://www.pentalift.com/solut... Read More
The loading dock area has been rated as one of the most hazardous areas of any facility. Unscheduled truck departure during the loading or unloading process does happen and it could result in a devastating accident if the forklift and operator fall from the elevated dock area to the driveway. Vehicle restraint safety systems are designed to provide two very important functions. Vehicle restraint safety systems mechanically lock a truck/trailer in the proper parked position at the loading dock during loading and equally important provides visual safety related communication to the truck driv... Read More
Maintaining and properly servicing loading dock equipment is very important for 2 main reasons, operations efficiency and dock attendant safety at the loading dock area. In distribution centers and in the majority of manufacturing facilities products are received and shipped across a dock leveler. Any interruption of product transfer in or out of the facility due to problems or delays at the loading dock area directly impacts the efficiency of the operation and ultimately the bottom line. The dock levelers in use at the loading dock may or may not have been originally supplied with a wea... Read More
Whether it’s a light volume operation or a facility receiving and shipping products 24/7 there are considerable financial savings to be made by investigating and improving energy efficiency at the loading dock area. There are 3 major components to consider relative to energy efficiency at the loading dock; the use and configuration of the dock seal and shelter, the insulation rating of the overhead door and the use of the most effective weather seal for the overhead door and dock leveler. For 35+ years Pentalift has been a trusted authority on developing, recommending and manufacturing... Read More
A dock leveler is a vertically adjustable hinged ramp designed to provide a smooth transition for a lift truck or pallet truck from the building floor to the truck bed at the loading dock area. The vertical adjustment of the dock leveler allows it to accommodate varying truck bed heights. Dock levelers are most often installed in a recessed pit and are flush with the floor when in the closed, stored position. The dock leveler platform is hinged at the back, when activated the dock leveler deck raises and a hinged lip extends at the front of the dock leveler. When the lip is fully extended t... Read More
The most common loading dock height is 48”-50” above grade and this accommodates the highest percentage of commercial trucks serviced at the loading dock area. The truck and trailer bed heights arriving at the loading dock are generally 46” - 52” high and the standard 48”-50” dock height is in the middle of this range. The goal is to have the loading dock height and the truck bed heights match. The less difference between these two dimensions the better. Lower differences result in less angulation of the dock leveler deck assembly which is easier on fork lift brakes and transmis... Read More
With supply chains tightening it has become important to understand the role that loading dock equipment plays in the fast paced workplace. Choosing the correct loading docks has become more important now than ever to safely and efficiently provide a quick turn around when loading or unloading trucks at the loading dock area. As a trusted manufacturer of loading dock equipment for 35+ years Pentalift is ideally suited to guide a client, Architect or Engineering firm through all aspects of successful loading dock area planning.  The following web page provides more loading dock area Read More
There are a number of important factors to consider when specifying a loading dock leveler;top of the list is calculating the load capacity rating. Simply put a dock leveler is an adjustable height bridge between the bed of the truck and the building floor.  Investigating the maximum weight of the load travelling across the dock leveler platform is essential. Knowing the maximum weight is used in a formula to ensure the dock leveler maintains its structural integrity providing a safe working environment for the dock attendants as they load and offload the incoming vehicles. The following web ... Read More
It is very common to have a declining approach at the loading dock and it’s important to know to how to protect the building walls from damage. Incoming vehicles backing down the driveway into position at an angle risk the top of the trailer impacting the building wall before the bed of the trailer contacts the dock bumpers. The main objective is to stop the truck backing into position well ahead of contacting the building wall. The most common and effective method to address this situation is to project the dock leveler pit and dock bumpers forward a... Read More
Conventional hydraulic dock levelers are powered up and the hydraulic lip extends, when the push button is released it is gravity down until the extended lip rests on the truck bed ready for use. During loading/unloading it is common for the truck bed to move up and down this is referred to as “float”. Vertical storing dock levelers are powered up and powered down. On the downward travel ... Read More