Case Study No 4 – Hydraulic Conversion of Mechanical Dock Levellers
Ageing Mechanical Dock Levellers
Replacing an ageing population of mechanical dock levellers can be an expensive exercise which one customer was facing. Alan Broadhead from A B Equipment, known for his “thinking outside of the square” developed a light-bulb idea! “There was nothing wrong with the metal of the dock levellers, so why replace that.” Sourcing a reliable and relatively easy to adapt hydraulic conversion kit, we trialled a few conversions successfully, enabling an Engineer to officially sign off on the hydraulic conversion of mechanical dock levellers and A B Equipment completing the customer’s full dock leveller conversion.
The cost to perform the conversion, along with the electrical component was significantly lower than the customer was originally facing with a full replacement from mechanical to hydraulic. Needless to say our customer was extremely pleased with our resolution; which extended the life of their docks and saved them spending a significant amount of money, reducing their equipment overheads.