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Can a dock seal work in a declined dock area?
Category: Material Handling Equipment
Apr 30, 2018
Can a dock seal work in a declined dock area?
When properly specified a declined dock area can be sealed just as effective as if it was a level approach. First you determine the percentage of decline at the loading dock area, this is done by calculating the amount of rise over 50’ from the front of the dock area. For example let’s say the percentage of decline is 4 percent. For a proper seal start with 4”-6” of dock seal projection beyond the face of the dock bumper at the bottom of the side pads. Now deduct 1” of projection at the... Read More
Apr 13, 2018
Why do higher capacity lift tables require a higher HP power unit?
Technically they don’t require a higher HP power unit to operate but almost every time they are specified. A lift table power unit consists of 5 primary components, electric motor, hydraulic pump, hydraulic valve, oil reservoir and a control station. As lift tables increase in lifting capacity more cylinders are used in the structural design to lift the load. Additional lift cylinders increase the volume of hydraulic oil required to operate the lift table. To provide a suitable lift speed a larger volume hydr... Read More
Apr 04, 2018
What are the flaps on the front of dock seals for?
Flaps or as they are commonly referred to as “wear pleats” extend the life of a compression style dock seal. With the truck backed into position there should be 4” -6” of dock seal foam compression, this amount of compression provides the best seal. As the truck is loaded or unloaded it is natural for the truck bed to move up and down. The trucks up and down movement has an abrasive effect on the front of... Read More
Mar 23, 2018
What is the most common error made when choosing a dock seal?
Compression, with foam pad dock seals the amount of compression is very important. Too little compression results in not enough of a sealing factor, too much compression puts excess pressure on the building wall and causes premature failure of the dock seal. It’s very easy to calculate the correct amount of dock seal compression; measure from the wall the dock seal will be installed on to the face of the dock bumper and add 4”– 6”. 4”-6” of dock seal projection beyond the face of the ... Read More
Feb 23, 2018
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 r... Read More
Feb 02, 2018
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What Are The Different Operating Choices For Lift Tables?
There are 3 different operating types of lift tables. They are hydraulic, pneumatic and self leveling. All 3 styles are different but have their benefits, depending on what the application is. Hydraulic lift tables offer the widest range of features and customization regarding platform size, capacity, vertical travel, and safety feature... Read More
Oct 26, 2017
Factors to Consider When Deciding Between a Hydraulic Dock Leveler or a Mechanical Dock Leveler
Choosing between a hydraulic dock leveler and mechanical dock leveler depends on what is most important to the user. Mechanical dock levelers cost less than hydraulic dock levelers, but mechanical dock levelers do require periodic (2 times a year) adjustable maintenance throughout use of the equipment. Hydraulic levelers can handle higher load capacities and also operate more easily than mechanical... Read More
May 31, 2017
Why Are No Low Hydraulic Lift Tables Becoming More Common?
No low designed hydraulic lift tables do not require a pre formed pit or a lift truck to position the pallet on the lift table. The platform of this design rests right at floor level with a bevelled leading edge. A manual pump truck is all that is required to position or remove the pallet on this design of hydraulic lift table. This significantly lowers the cost of material handling equipment and also improves safety by keeping power driven equipment away from the work station.
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Aug 15, 2016
Choosing The Right Material Handling Equipment
No matter what material you’re handling in your warehouse, it’s important to make sure it’s managed carefully. First, you need to understand what you’re storing, how sensitive it is and how often it will need to be moved. Ask yourself what exactly you are keeping in your warehouse. If you are storing foodstuffs, or chemicals, it’s safe to say that you are storing sensitive materials. If the materials in your warehouse need to be moved constantly this will affect the type of equipment you need; on the other hand, material that rarely travels also requires precise handling equipment. L... Read More