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Loading Dock Lifts

Jul 18, 2008
Loading dock lifts are intended to reduce man-hours and improve safety where there are no loading dock facilities. A lift raises materials to the truck by means of hydraulic cylinders. Loading dock lifts are engineered for maximum safety, minimize the risk of injury, and vastly improve time to market efficiency. Each unit features easy to use controls in the form of a push button, 24V AC on a 20 foot long coil cord. The pre-wired control box includes a magnetic starter and overload fuse, and an emergency velocity fuse stops momentum in the event of a line break.

Loading dock lifts also feature high visibility, removable handrails with fixed toe boards. The checkered deck plate on each unit is made from heavy gauge steel and will last for many years. The perimeter of the platform is surrounded by beveled toe-guards and electric toe-guards to prevent slips and falls. The electric toe-guard is a patented feature that is essential to the safety of personnel. It is made from L-shaped aluminum extrusion and hangs below the entire perimeter of the deck. This is important, because if the loading dock lift is being lowered while an object, hand, or foot crosses its path, the guard will be triggered and the unit will electrically stop the table from lowering. When the object is removed, the table once again begins to move. It is not necessary to reset the unit.

Toe-guard provisions are standard OSHA and ANSI safety measures used on a variety of platforms and are also built into the loading dock lift for compliance protocol. The scissor table loading dock lift is also semi-portable, and can be operated up to 8 feet away from the 6.5 HP motor that drives it.

Manufacturers can also customize loading dock lifts with any number of options requested at the time of purchase. These options include, but are not limited, to the following:

SPLIT ALUMINUM TRUCK BRIDGE

The standard steel bridge can be replaced with an aluminum bridge measuring 72" wide x 18" long. This is ideal for government applications.

SPLIT STEEL BRIDGE

If necessary, an additional 72" wide x 18" long split steel bridge can be added to the opposite side of unit.

REMOVABLE HANDRAILS/TOEBOARDS

This is advantages when the unit is mounted in a pit. The additional handrails and toe boards allows the loading dock lift to be flush with the floor for fork truck cross traffic.

WARNING BEEPER & STROBE

In areas of heavy human traffic, this offers an added safety precaution. The beeper sounds at 80 decibels- loud enough to be heard over most light machinery.

ADDITIONAL APPROACH RAMPS

Your vendor can also fit the loading dock lift with additional approach ramps and hydraulic lines. Approach ramps can be obtained from your vendor for lowered height lifts of 8"-12", depending on the size of the added ramp. Approach ramps must be anchored to the floor.

ADDITIONAL STRUCTURAL CHANNEL AND SUPPORTS FOR DECK

Ideal for heavy duty construction, this increases the rollover capacity of the loading dock lift up to 50,000 lbs., (25,000 lbs. per axle).

SAFETY ACCORDION SKIRTS

Keep people and debris from getting under the loading dock lift. We recommend customer installed skirts to avoid freight damage.

AUTOMATIC WHEEL CHOCKS

As the unit lifts, this option will block the dock end of the ramp to avoid roll off. Wheel clocks require a special pit mount.

STOP SIGNAL SIGN

As the truck approaches the loading dock lift, the sign raises to let the driver know when to stop for safe loading/unloading.

KEY LOCK OPERATION

This prevents unauthorized use of the lift by locking out the controls.

TWO SPEED PUMP

Increase lifting speed by 55% when lift is unloaded. This is ideal for unloading applications.

2-10HP OPTIONAL POWER UNITS

Ask your manufacturer's representative about which motor will work best for your operation. Both internal and external power units are available.

SPECIAL COATINGS

Cold galvanized coating is designed for wash down applications and wet environments. STEEL-IT™ COATING is designed for incidental food contact and wash down environments. FDA approved.

OIL HEATER

This accessory keeps the loading dock lift operating smoothly in extreme cold. The unit is supplied with a thermostat for automatic heat control.
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