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Dock Leveler Guide
Dock Levelers attach permanently to a loading dock face, or mounted in a specially dug pit. Unlike dock boards and dock plates, these are a permanent solution that provide immediate use while saving floor space. They are typically constructed of high strength steel to maximize strength and durability. Some units are fully mechanical – needing no power, while others are electric and utilize motors for raising and lowering the dock platform.
Here’s an overview of the dock levelers available online from SJF.
Edge-of Dock Levelers
By far the most popular dock levelers on the market today, these edge of dock levelers attach to the edge of your truck dock and eliminate the need for a custom dug concrete pit. Available in 20,000 and 25,000 pound capacities, these units are mechanically operated and come complete with dock bumpers.
Tutorial Guide to Dock Seals & Shelters
Dock Seals vs. Dock Shelters
Dock Seal or Dock Shelter – Which Do You Need? What’s the Difference?
Dock Seals provide an effective seal between the truck trailer and building wall and are the best choice when a tight seal is needed. Dock Shelters are used on larger door openings. Shelters are also best for loading docks serving a variety of trailer sizes. They allow full access to trailer openings and in many situations will out-last Seals. Either way, a dock seal or shelter can help you save money on energy costs.
Benefits of Dock Seals & Shelters
- Save Money On Energy Costs
- Seal in warehouse heating & cooling. Energy Saving pay back time can be less than a year.
- Reduce Employee Injury and Absenteeism Seal out wind, rain, ice and dust that cause employee illness and accidents.
- Reduce Pilferage. Close the gap between truck and door, thereby eliminating easy access for theft.
- Prolong Life of Dock Equipment Seal out moisture, dust and elements that reduce equipment life.
Fork Lift Platforms Guide
Lift platforms are an easy way to reach high places without resorting to a dedicated man lift table or truck. These platforms simply slide onto a forklift’s forks and one person operates the lift while the other is raised in the platform. Obviously, this poses some safety issues, however the manufacturer’s of these platforms have factored in several safety features to minimize risk.
SJF carries two main types of lift platform, the standard maintenance platform and a narrow aisle platform (good for smaller spaces). Both have benefits and drawbacks, but both are guaranteed safe and fully functional.
Gravity Conveyor Information
Several types of gravity conveyor are available for different applications. Below are some images and information on the different types and uses of gravity conveyor. If you have any questions about the best conveyor solution for your operation, please contact an SJF sales professional at 800-598-5532 or click on the image at left to view our entire used conveyor inventory.
Gravity Conveyors are non-powered, free flowing conveyors used in a push or level application to facilitate product movement. They can also be set up with declining stand heights to allow product to flow from a high to a lower elevation. Gravity conveyors are available in skate wheel or roller configuration. Both types can be used with a variety of powered conveyors to form a complete conveyor system.
The type of load will determine the type of conveyor to use.
Self Dumping Hopper Guide
Self dumping hoppers are welded watertight, versatile and excellent for handling heavy, bulky scrap, in-process materials, castings, wood, metal chips, recyclables and sludge. These hoppers come with everything you need for safe and easy operation.
Extra Heavy Duty Hoppers are made of 7ga steel and have capacities of 4000lbs. To 6000lbs.
Low Profile Hoppers are used where restrictions limit the overall height of the unit. They are made of 7ga steel and have a capacity of 5000lbs.
Heavy Duty Hoppers are made of 10ga steel and have a capacity of 4000lbs. Heavy Duty Hoppers are also the best seller, hands down.
Medium Duty Hoppers are made of 12ga steel and have a capacity of 2000lbs.
Choosing a Pallet Jack
Pallet jacks are truly the unsung workhorses of the warehouse. These pallet transporters get used and abused on a daily basis, but as a testament of their usefulness, dock workers and warehouse employees return to them over and over again, day in and day out.
Choosing a pallet jack is a relatively straight forwarded process that can be summed up in 3 easy steps.
Step 1: Decide on the Pallet Jack Type
Low profile pallet jacks have the same basic features of the standard pallet jacks but with a lowered fork height of 2” and a raised fork height of 5¼”. Low profile models were designed for use with low clearance or disposable pallets. The capacity of the standard units is an industry standard 5500# while the low profile models can hold up to 4400#.
Step 2: Determine the Width Required
Measure inside to inside of the outer pallet stringers of your pallets. Select the width that gives you at least 1” clearance on either side of the forks.
Step 3: Determine the Fork Length Required
If pallets are all one size select the pallet truck fork length which matches the stringer length. If pallet sizes vary, select the longest fork length to accommodate the longest pallet.
Other special pallet jack types are also available for additional utility and functionality.