Save Time with Single-Acting Hydraulic Design
Copperloy ramps use hydraulics to perform basic lifting and raising functions. Hydraulics is technology that uses liquids to operate various mechanics. In the case of yard ramps, a single or double-acting cylinder is the raising mechanism.
Copperloy ramps utilize a single-acting hydraulic cylinder, but wouldn’t it be better to use a double-acting cylinder? Double is better, right? Well, while double-acting cylinders can reach extreme levels of pressure output, they are not always the ideal choice for applications requiring high levels of speed and efficiency.
Single-acting cylinders only apply pressure to one side of the piston with hydraulic fluid while a spring allows the piston to lower when necessary. This provides a variety of benefits that double-acting cylinders simply cannot beat.
Quicker Raise Times and Simple Setup
While single-acting systems cannot produce as much pressure as double-acting hydraulics, they are much more efficient. Double-acting hydraulic ramps trade in speed for strength, and more often than not, loading docks are looking for speed.
Single-design ramp designs will not utilize more pressure than necessary, which allows them to raise two and a half times faster than double-acting ramps. This makes getting the ramp into position a quicker process, so you do not have to wait around between tasks. There is also a hand pump on the exterior of the ramp, making ramp operation much more convenient. Just raise the ramp, link it to the truck or dock, and get to work.
Improved Safety and Stability
When you need to ship large quantities of materials on a daily basis, you need forklifts to do the heavy lifting. Unfortunately, having forklifts traveling throughout your facility introduces various safety hazards to both operators and other employees. Even with a team of forklift-certified drivers, you still need to train the rest of your staff on how to work safely around them. The last thing you want is your ramp causing more problems.
Copperloy yard ramp rentals have a centrally-located hydraulic cylinder, making the ramp much more stable. Wobbling and tipping are no longer an issue with Copperloy ramps, so forklifts have the balance and stability they need to complete tasks without worry.
Copperloy ramps also come with various other safety features such as the low end plate and high-traction deck grating. The end plate sits lower than a forklift’s wheelbase, ensuring all four wheels are on the ramp or ground at all times. Copperloy’s electro-forged steel grating makes forklift operation even safer by providing traction even in harsh weather conditions. These features work in tandem with Copperloy’s single-acting design to ensure your workplace is safer and meets OSHA’s strict standards.
Minimizing Maintenance and Downtime
Another advantage of single-acting hydraulics is the ability to reduce overall wear and tear. These systems only apply pressure in one direction with a spring to allow the ramp to settle back down. This helps the ramp raise much more evenly than double-acting ramps, preventing unnecessary strain on the ramp and its mechanisms. The end result is a ramp that requires much less maintenance and rarely breaks down, so you do not waste valuable hours on equipment downtime.