Self-contained power units cost less and are the most common, however, there are alternatives. Remote power units are one of the alternatives and are best suited for wash down applications. When periodic maintenance is required, it is easier to access a remote power unit. At the time of installation, remote power units are typically installed 7’ – 8’above finished floor level on a wall mounting bracket. This moves the power unit up and away from potential impact. The hydraulic hoses are then run from the remote power unit to the dock leveler cylinder. Often the application determines the... Read More
A hinged bridge plate and a hinged lip is actually the same thing. The most common industry term is a hinged bridge plate. Hinged bridge plates are a transition plate from the lift platform to either a truck bed or an upper elevation. An approach ramp has a significantly different purpose. The purpose of an approach ramp is to transition typically from the floor onto the platform. For example there is a series of dock lifts that have both an approach ramp and a hinged bridge plate. The approach ramp is for the pallet truck or cart to transition from the floor to the lift platform. With the pal... Read More
Not all applications are the same. In some cases, vehicle restraints are a part of the initial construction design process. It is also quite common to add vehicle restraints to an existing loading dock to improve the safety at this busy area of the facility. The positioning of the trailer’s rear impact guard can vary from trailer manufacturers. This has created the requirements for low profile vehicle restraints. Some facilities are able to cost justify mechanical vehicle restraints as an imp... Read More
Only if you are using a lift truck on your dock lift would you require an Automatic Hydraulic Roll-Off-Stop. When the dock lift is in the lowered, closed position, the roll-off-stop is flat. The lift truck drives across the roll-off-stop onto the platform. When the "up" button is activated, the roll-off-stop is powered into the vertical position before the dock lift begins to rise.
If the overhead door is closed and locked, a mechanical dock leveler will not damage the door when the dock leveler is activated. An air powered dock leveler or hydraulic dock leveler will cause extensive damage to the closed and locked overhead door if operated. To address this concern for potential damage, both air powered and hydraulic dock levelers can be ordered with an optional overhead door interlock switch. A striker plate on the door activates a wall installed limit switch when the door is opened. Only when the limit switch is activated, will the dock leveler operate. Contact a Read More

Your warehouse has specific requirements that must be met in order to get the maximum function for your organization. Choosing the right equipment is critical to long-term productivity, safety, and efficiency.