How to Select Lift Tables Images credits: All Products; Nationwide Industrial Supply       Lift tables are devices that allow materials and workpieces to be raised and lowered to ergonomic and accessible heights for specific tasks or purposes. Despite its exclusive function lift models vary by size, capacity, elevation, and actuation.  This article does not chronicle articulated lifts, vehicle lifts, or dock lifts, but lists scissor...
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Q & A on Lift Tables

We asked our users for their input on Lift Tables. Here are the results of 72 users familiar with Lift Tables.

Who Took Our Poll? | Design Trends | Applications and Use | Features | Buying Advice

Who Took Our Poll?Top

Design TrendsTop

Q:
What new technologies are influencing lift table design?
7 answers
Answers:
Design of Hydraulic Cylinders its position for less power consumption.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Other than the new manufacturing technologies which ensure greater accuracy of components and fabrication and control system innovations, lifting tables are as they have been designed since the 1960s.
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England
Hydraulic or maybe air pumps.
~Engineering, Consulting, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Space storage
~Jess M, Project Manager, Las Vegas, NV
1. Increasing crane size.
~Kenneth M, Sr. Construction Manager, Madrid, Spain
Solar, wind
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA
Hydraulic
~Basaveshwar Angadi, Engineer, Mumbai, India

Q:
From your perspective, which companies are creating the most innovative lift tables?
4 answers
Answers:
ECOA Industrial Products
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA
Bishamon
~Larry S., Safety Manager, Hastings, MN
Here in Malaysia we are swamped with Japanese, Taiwan & China machinery.
~Engineering, Consulting, Shah Alam, Malaysia
All the access platform guys
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England

Applications and UseTop

Q:
What are some of the applications you have used a lift table for?
20 answers
Answers:
1.Heavy Lifts, 400/600 ton lifts in Eastern Russia with imported Cranage. 2. Maintenance reviews and applications, for new Construction, Refineries and the like.
~Kenneth M, Sr. Construction Manager, Madrid, Spain
Warehouses, conveyor systems, loading docks, small business ergonomic applications, hospitals, universities, repair of planes, nuclear facilities,
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA
I am looking for tools to facilitate safe/ergonomic/efficient handling of totes and library materials, e.g., books & dvds, in a high volume setting.
~Greg P, General Management, Waltham, MA
Our intent is to be able to place a dining table top onto a tilt table and raise it to a horizontal position for assembly and inspection.
~General Corporate Mgmt, Stoney Creek, Canada
Aircraft refueling and cargo Material storage feeding Transport loading Machine feeding Wood board feeding
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England
Positioning products for easier worker access. Raising trucks to be level with tracks for rolling offload.
~Wayne Evenson, Engineering Consultant, Bremerton, WA
Loading dock, Punch press, Lawn mower repair station. Tilt table.
~Collin B, Manufacturing Management contractor, Powhatan, VA
Equipment that can be lifted to utilize space in a small area.
~Jess M, Project Manager, Las Vegas, NV
For cut to length machine discharge to stack cut material
~Basaveshwar Angadi, Engineer, Mumbai, India
Moving equipment between storage (garage) and pickup.
~David M., Hobbyist, Fresh Meadows, NY
Utilisation for lifting pallets to working height.
~Other, Craigieburn, Australia
To raise and lower the components I was working on.
~Manufacturing, Madisonville, KY
Maintenance work for high area digital wall videos.
~Engineering, Consulting, Shah Alam, Malaysia
For project work, at the time of installation.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Usual lifting and as a small work table.
~Ken M, Owner, Richmond, UT
Manufacturing environment.
~Roy M, Research & Development, Hillsboro, OR
Production, and safety
~Manufacturing, Fredericksburg, VA
Moving bulky packages.
~Yong C, Engineering, Design, Naugatuck, CT
Large heavy loads.
~Engineering, Process/Production, Mobile, AL
Work positioning.
~Larry S., Safety Manager, Hastings, MN

Q:
Please share with us any “non-standard” applications that a lift table has been used for.
10 answers
Answers:
Lifting aircraft jet engines in maintenance shops Linking conveyors from ware house to run of variable height rollers for tea desptch On refuel tankers for aircraft A metal section stackers Pavement /basement hoists
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England
1. Using standard 700 ton tables, for an unregistered Chinese Floating crane on the Russian Chinese border. 2. Extrapolation from European cranes to Russian Cranes.
~Kenneth M, Sr. Construction Manager, Madrid, Spain
We have used two scissor lifts to jack up a 3 tonne steel structure which has been built indoor.
~Engineering, Consulting, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Raising a wind barrier around pools, drop down 'moat' for security purposes,
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA
Used as lift for transporting materials on next floor.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Run out table on an extrusion press.
~Collin B, Manufacturing Management contractor, Powhatan, VA
Motorcycle lift with modifications.
~Larry S., Safety Manager, Hastings, MN
As I have designed.
~Basaveshwar Angadi, Engineer, Mumbai, India
Object placement.
~Jess M, Project Manager, Las Vegas, NV
Small work table.
~Ken M, Owner, Richmond, UT

Q:
Do you know of any disastrous mistakes that occurred due to the incorrect usage of a lift table?
6 answers
Answers:
1. Dropped a transformer into a building due to poor ground conditions, the crane and rigging were correct- the ground was however mush.
~Kenneth M, Sr. Construction Manager, Madrid, Spain
Can be disastrous if overloaded when cantilever extension is in use.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Guards must be incorporated to protect users from pinch points.
~Collin B, Manufacturing Management contractor, Powhatan, VA
Keep clear of the scissors area.
~Larry S., Safety Manager, Hastings, MN
Stability is important
~Basaveshwar Angadi, Engineer, Mumbai, India
Most accidents are preventable and you must look for the clever idiot rather than the stupid fool.
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England

FeaturesTop

Q:
What would your design or feature "wish list" be for this product?
11 answers
Answers:
Drop down gate or ramp on table to prevent objects from falling off, then being able to roll them onto an adjacent area (table, back of pickup, etc.).
~David M., Hobbyist, Fresh Meadows, NY
Hydraulic powered table, 250,000 lb capacity, 12' X 70' deck, used outside.
~Wayne Evenson, Engineering Consultant, Bremerton, WA
Efficiency, safety, ergonomics, affordability.
~Greg P, General Management, Waltham, MA
Design for up lift that uses less power.
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA
Bigger capacity and taller.
~Engineering, Consulting, Shah Alam, Malaysia
Wheels for easy movement.
~Jess M, Project Manager, Las Vegas, NV
Foolproof safety system.
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England
Handling time saving.
~Basaveshwar Angadi, Engineer, Mumbai, India
10,000 lb tilt table.
~Collin B, Manufacturing Management contractor, Powhatan, VA
Light but stable.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Higher lift.
~Ken M, Owner, Richmond, UT

Q:
Is there any advice you want to share with users to help them avoid common errors in selection or usage of a lift table?
7 answers
Answers:
1. Always check the radius for the lift, the capacity drops the longer the reach. 2. Always check the underlying soil as the ground bearing capacity may not be sufficient for the crane and the equipment weights.
~Kenneth M, Sr. Construction Manager, Madrid, Spain
Be certain of the weight you will be lifting. Many production folks do not pay attention to this and tend to overload them. Ask for a design with load limits or add to the design of your system.
~Collin B, Manufacturing Management contractor, Powhatan, VA
For maintenance jobs, select bigger capacity lift than envisioned and for regular production work, put more stress on speed.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Make sure base is large enough in comparison to height so unit is stable if moved.
~David M., Hobbyist, Fresh Meadows, NY
Buy from some one with the experience to provide you with the right package designed for the purpose and application together with a matching service life for the utilisation of the machine
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England
Be sure to explain application along with dimensions and requirements of table.
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA
Using the wrong verbiage.
~Jess M, Project Manager, Las Vegas, NV

Buying AdviceTop

Q:
Do you have any advice for people relative to buying or using lift tables?
7 answers
Answers:
Proper selection like it should be fixed, portable or self propelled. Whether battery operated, diesel engine driven or taking power from engine. Capacity, lift and platform size.
~Pravin M, Design Engineer, Kolkata, India
Don't buy on price only. Look at the power /lift components for build quality and the construction should provide a mix of flexibility and strength with good bearings employed.
~Keith Livermore, Engineering Consultant, London, England
1. Always check the rigging, the shackles, and slings, the crane is only one part of the equation.
~Kenneth M, Sr. Construction Manager, Madrid, Spain
Look for adequate weight loading and large surface area to accommodate items.
~David M., Hobbyist, Fresh Meadows, NY
Containment of oil should be part of the design on Hydraulic lifts.
~Collin B, Manufacturing Management contractor, Powhatan, VA
Study your application.
~Jess M, Project Manager, Las Vegas, NV
Check quality of lift.
~Lin R, Marketing/Sales, Oceanside, CA


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