Vertical-storing dock leveler

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

Rite-Hite’s redesigned RHV-4100 Vertical-Storing Hydraulic Dock Leveler has been created to help protect workers from injury and to improve efficiency and security at the loading dock.

Installed as part of a “drive-through” application, trucks back up to the loading dock with their doors closed. When they are secured, the doors are then opened into the building. This process ensures cold chain integrity, in addition to increased security. It is also quicker for loading/unloading because truck drivers don’t have to leave the cab.

Another benefit is increased control of humidity and temperature at the dock, as the leveler allows the overhead dock doors to close directly onto the pit floor. The tight seal also prevents dust, insects and rodents from entering the facility, while also minimizing entry points when the dock is not in use for added security.

To minimize dock shock, the RHV has a constant-radius rear hinge to create a smooth transition between the leveler and the warehouse floor, while a two-point crown control on the front lip hinge distributes the load evenly, smooths out the transition between the leveler and the trailer bed and extends the hinge life.

The unit requires constant pressure on the controls to keep the operator in control of leveler movement. The lip can also be extended or retracted at any time during the cycle. Safe-T-Pit is a standard feature on the RHV and provides an additional layer of protection with an automatic safety stop that is activated when movement is detected in the leveler pit area during operation.

The RHV stores vertically, allowing for easy, routine pit cleaning or full wash-down. Additionally, in its stored position, it acts as a visual/physical barrier helping prevent potentially dangerous loading dock accidents and door damage.