Weather Resistance on Loading Dock Application

by | Jun 6, 2018 | Industrial Equipment | 0 comments

A customer came to me with a requirement for a loading dock. They needed to ensure suitable weather resistance for their outdoor application.

Air Technical Industries has specialized in custom builds for over 50 years.

Customization is often structural, however, it can be functional or reflected in the unique configuration of the final installation.

We worked with this customer to configure our dock lift so that the power pack could be located at a distance from the scissor lift in a protected area. This setup presented cost-savings over upgrading to a NEMA-4 wash-down duty hydraulic power unit. Hydraulic hoses needed to be run through a conduit to the sheltered area. Quick disconnects were used to facilitate this installation.

Since the table itself would be more susceptible to the weather, it was painted with marine grade paint. All-temperature hydraulic oil was supplied for the hydraulic system to withstand colder temperatures. The dock plate was fabricated out of aluminum to be light weight for ergonomic considerations & prevent corrosion.

Collaboration between the customer, ATI and the builder resulted in a successful weather-resistant installation and a very happy customer.