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Why Use Rail Transfer Bridges?

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Why Use Rail Transfer Bridges
Rail-Transfer-Bridges The primary use of rail transfer bridges is to span from floor to floor or dock to dock over railroad tracks. The platforms are left in the horizontal position most of the time and then elevated to the vertical position when trains need to pass on the railroad spur. In the most common application there is a single bridge recessed in the face of one floor or dock and when the bridge is lowered, the traveling end of the platform rests in a recess on the opposing dock. Sometimes due to overhead clearance problems or very long spans, two bridges are positioned end to end, each hinged on opposing docks so that their traveling ends meet in the middle of the span. In these instances, the traveling ends of the bridges are either supported by a concrete pier or each bridge leaf is equipped with automatic folding legs.

Note that if a unit is specified that is wide enough for two way traffic, then the bridge capacity specified must exceed the combined weight of the passing traffic and the axle capacity rating must exceed the combined maximum axle weight of the two (2) passing vehicles. Sometimes it is more economical to install two (2) narrower units; each limited to one way traffic.

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About Advance Lifts
Advance Lifts was founded in 1974 and quickly became the leading scissor lift, industrial turntables, and dock lift manufacturer in the country. We have maintained this position through innovative design, quick deliveries and superior service.

Over the years our product lines expanded to include production lift tables, tilters, turntables, dumpers, mezzanine lifts, work access platform lifts and stretch wrappers.

Our modern 120,000 sq. ft. facility in St. Charles, Illinois houses state of the art equipment and a well trained group of engineers and production personnel, who are dedicated to providing our customers outstanding products.

We have an in house UL listed panel shop and are ISO 9001 certified. Our goal is to make the entire process of buying, installing, using and servicing of our products as easy and trouble free as possible for each and every one of our customers.

Work Access Complete Design Guide
This is a complete application guide for designing work access platform lifts and it includes photographs and movies that illustrate optional features as well as views of completed units to help explain the full scope of customization that is available. Our goal is to stir your imagination so that working together we can optimize a design to fit your application perfectly.

Our White Paper "Work Access Lift Application Guide" is a condensed 2 page PDF version of this site that can be printed as a handout and used as an offline work reference. Please scroll this entire website before printing the White Paper so that you can benefit from the many extra details that we offer in this complete design guide.

WHY USE WORK ACCESS LIFTS: Safety is the prime purpose of all work access lifts. They are designed to move production personnel, their tools and materials to ergonomically sound work positions to enhance both worker safety and efficiency. The alternatives to these lifts include ladders, scaffolding or simply allowing workers to work in awkward, tiring or dangerous positions.

WHERE TO USE WORK ACCESS LIFTS: Production applications are broadly varied and may include welding, painting, assembly, fabrication, inspection and maintenance. Because each application is unique to the task being performed and the object being worked on, each lift must be custom designed to the specific application. This guide is designed to help you organize and prioritize your requirements so they may be resolved into appropriate specifications for your work access lift.