Rise to the challenge with a hydraulic lift table
Especially common in warehouses, distribution centers and the publishing and metalworking industries, lift tables are labor-assistive devices designed to raise and lower heavy loads to desired heights. Also known as lift platforms and scissor lifts, lift tables greatly decrease the risk of employee injury and are a must if you have an ongoing need to elevate extremely heavy materials for packing, shipping or storage.
Lift tables can be stationary or transportable. Mobile lift tables are very versatile and can be an extremely useful piece of equipment in a warehouse or manufacturing facility. Stationary platform lifts, on the other hand, provide the stability to bear more weight.
How Lift Tables Work
Most lift tables employ a scissor lift configuration, using X-shaped criss-crossing arms to raise or lower the table surface. Hydraulic lift tables are the most common type of platform on the market, though there are other methods used to power the table's lifting mechanism. Pneumatic, rack-and-pinion and even manually powered lift tables are all available.
To protect the lift table's working parts, you can get lift skirts. These attachments cover up the X-shaped arms, keeping dust and debris away from them. A lift skirt can significantly extend the life of your lift table and prevent the need for costly repairs.
Uses of Lift Platforms
Lift tables are usually seen in industrial settings. They are used to position materials for individuals whose job it is to feed raw materials, parts or products into machines for processing, and are very helpful load positioning tools. Platform lifts also supplement pallets in warehouse settings, and can also be used in shipping bays and loading docks to help raise and lower heavy loads.
You can also use lift platforms as mobility assistance devices for wheelchair-bound individuals. They can safely raise and lower people from vehicles to ground level, and they can also be used to help people in wheelchairs bypass staircases.
The primary benefit of stationary and mobile lift tables is that they greatly reduce labor expenditure. This helps raise employee morale, prevent injuries and promote an efficient and safe working environment while minimizing man-hours lost due to injury.