Air-powered technology is a common tool used for heavy lifting in the mining, building and construction industries. And the Air Bag Dock Leveler utilizes this technology to provide proven, long-term, reliable service on the loading dock every day. Compared to mechanical dock levelers, the Air Bag Dock Leveler is safer and far easier to operate. To raise, simply push a button. There's no back-wrenching pulling of chains, walking down the deck and, best of all, no springs or hold-down to repair or replace.
The unique Clean-Frame design provides full structural integrity without conventional front frame members. The Clean-Frame design allows wide-open access to the leveler pit for easy clean-up of spills, trash removal and routine maintenance. In addition, all frame-ends are capped to prevent rodent entry through the leveler.
The leveler deck and lip are manufactured with a heavy-duty, high-tensile 50,000 PSI steel (depending on selected capacity), with a unique beam design that can withstand repeated impacts of fully-loaded forklifts. The torsionally-capable beam design provides the strength required for fully-loaded forklifts and enables the deck to conform to out-of-level trailers.
The heart of the Air Bag Dock Leveler, the air bag, is made of rugged, reinforced coated polyester fibers. The bags are resistant to many chemicals, gasoline, oil spills, cuts, scrapes and even punctures. To ensure operational efficiency even in the toughest conditions (like yours), we put air-powered lifting technology through extensive testing.
Even with numerous puncture holes, the Serco Air Bag continued to operate. The holes did not "star," tear or rip and were easily repaired with an inexpensive vinyl patch, returning the leveler to full operating efficiency.
To prove the Serco Air Bag's durability, 100 Serco Air Bag Dock Levelers were installed in a variety of extreme environments for a full year. Extreme heat, extreme cold, caustic chemicals, high-altitude and high-traffic volume environments didn't affect the air bag performance in any way.
The Serco Air Bag has been tested in over 200,000 cycles (the equivalent of 20 years of service at a standard dock position) and still worked without permanent damage that impeded operation of the leveler.