There are a number of benefits to consider when upgrading a mechanical dock leveler to hydraulic operation.
From an ergonomic and safety perspective hydraulic operated dock levelers are easier for dock attendants to operate by reducing the physical effort required to raise and lower the deck assembly.
Hydraulic operation eliminates the physical need for the dock attendant to constantly bend over and pull the mechanical dock leveler release mechanism and it also avoids the dock attendant having to walk out onto the raised deck assembly to lower the deck into position on the truck bed. It transforms physical effort into a simple push button operation.
This link is to the 2 models of Pentalift hydraulic conversion kits that are available.
Hydraulic dock levelers offer smoother and quieter operation than mechanical dock levelers and require less maintenance which can result in reduced downtime and repair costs at the loading dock area.
Hydraulic operated dock levelers can be integrated into interlocking with a vehicle restraint safety system. This interlock feature prevents the dock leveler from operating until the vehicle restraint safety system has engaged and captured the vehicles rear impact guard creating a safer loading dock area environment.
This link is to the different models of Pentalift Vehicle Restraint Safety Systems
Before considering conversion from mechanical to hydraulic operation it’s best to have a qualified loading dock service technician complete a thorough structural inspection of the dock leveler. During the inspection the service technician should check the deck, beam and headboard weldments as well as the lip assembly, hinge spools and rear hinge assembly.
After the inspection is completed and if the mechanical dock leveler is deemed structurally sound it may be a good investment to convert the mechanical dock leveler to hydraulic operation for the reasons described above.
For additional information on Pentalift hydraulic conversion kits please contact the Pentalift Sales Department.