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New loading bay brings high level of safety to industrial worksites

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MHE-Demag has entered the Australian dock leveller market, bringing with them the new GATOR series of dock levellers.

The MHE Gator features a 9-mm diamond deck, I-beam underdeck and auto-tilt technology.

According to MHE-Demag’s Regional Product Manager for Warehousing Equipment Andrew Thambiah, existing standard safety features and design aspects of the original dock loader were redesigned to provide the deck with more strength.

Mr Thambiah explains: “Rated capacities of dock levellers are often misunderstood. Many operators mistake the rated capacity for the safe working load, but it actually really refers to the tonne-force. You also have to factor in the weight of the forklift itself as well, of course.”

“A standard two-tonne forklift with a full load weighs approximately six tonnes in total. In motion, this forklift has a tonne-force of 15 tonnes and – exponentially compounded by the usage frequency – the dock leveller is exposed to immense bending stress. This means that the rated capacity of the dock leveller needs to be at least 15 tonnes to handle two-tonne loads.”

The load distribution has been improved through the use of a 9 mm diamond deck plate. Vulnerable points at the sides and corners of the deck have also been further reinforced. Cold rolled profile beams provide the strongest underdeck support, and are the sturdiest structural members.

To ensure greater safety at the loading bay, all common standard features have been reinforced in the MHE GATOR.

Full-range telescopic tow guards on the flanks of the dock leveller ensure that feet, equipment and materials are not accidentally jammed under decks.

This prevents injuries and damages. Fall-safe rupture valves of the hydraulic systems also ensure the dock is maintained at level if a truck departs while the dock leveller is engaged or in the unlikely event that a hydraulic hose bursts.

In addition, optional truck restraints prevent unintentional departure of trucks from the loading bay, as they hold on to the ICC bar of any type of trailer to the loading dock.

The MHE GATOR also takes into consideration one-man jobs, where a single servicing staff is in charge of maintenance operations. In such cases, a remote control allows them to operate and raise the deck from the front of the dock leveller and safely engage the maintenance strut.

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