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Dock Levellers provide a bridge to the trailer as well as a ramp to facilitate the transition in height from dock to trailer. They are rated by weight capacity and by the service range. The service range also known as the height differential, rates the safe range you can use the leveller to transition to the trailer height. Differences in trailer width, height, floor level and the recent popularity of air-ride suspensions are forcing more attention on the functionality of dock levellers and their ability to safely handle the variety of vehicles serviced. Dock levellers come in mechanical and hydraulic models. The mechanical models require the operator to pull a chain and then walk down on the leveller to engage it, while hydraulic models provide automatic functionality from push buttons usually mounted on the wall next to the dock door. The advantages in using automatic dock equipment with electronic controls include the ability to incorporate all of the equipment into signalling devices. Signalling devices such as signal lights will let your lift truck operators know that the restraint mechanism and the dock leveller are properly engaged. These levellers are available at affordable prices.