Dock shock is the jarring that occurs when a forklift crosses between the warehouse floor and the trailer bed due to the bumps and gaps that exist on traditional vertical-storing levelers. To address the dock shock problem, Rite-Hite Corp. has redesigned its RHV-4000 Vertical Storing Hydraulic Dock Leveler so as to minimize the potential for injuries and product and equipment damage. The RHV is specifically engineered to provide a smooth transition from the warehouse floor to the trailer bed.
The RHV features a constant-radius rear hinge to provide the smooth transition, while a twopoint crown control on the front lip hinge distributes the load evenly, smoothes out the transition between the leveler and the trailer bed, and extends the hinge life. The RHV is also engineered for better environmental control and secure working conditions. The leveler allows the overhead dock doors to close down to the pit floor, which provides more control over humidity and temperature at the dock. The tight seal prevents dust, insects, and rodents from entering the facility, while minimizing entry points when the dock is not in use for extra security. For added safety, the RHV is a power-up/power-down unit that requires constant pressure on the controls, so that the operator is entirely in control of leveler movement. Removing pressure from the raise or lower buttons immediately stops movement of the leveler. The lip can also be extended or retracted at any time during the leveler cycle.
Because the RHV stores vertically, it allows for easy routine pit cleaning or full wash-down. Additionally, it acts as a visual pit barrier, helping prevent potentially dangerous loading dock accidents.
Rite-Hite also offers a Drive-Thru Application that can be customized to specific applications. The Drive-Thru Application allows the truck to back up to the loading dock with its doors closed. The truck driver does not need to get out of the cab. The operator inside the facility opens the overhead door and then opens the trailer doors inside of the building. The RHV is then lowered into position in the trailer. This speeds up trailer loading/unloading and provides an additional level of security, as well as an extra measure of climate control.
Company: Rite-Hite Corp.
Company URL: www.ritehite.com