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Signs your Dock Levellers Need Maintenance and When to Call For Help

Signs your Dock Levellers Need Maintenance and When to Call For Help

Posted by Simeon Prestidge on 20 April 2020 9:51:43 AM

It's the goal of every facilities manager to ensure that all parts of the facility is at peak performance and running as efficiently as possible. This applies especially to the loading area of the facility, as these are relied on as the gateway to your organisation.

Depending on the type of the leveller, you can determine when a leveller needs to be serviced, by using a simple checklist. This allows you to keep them in peak working order, and reduce the likelihood of failure and will help avoid unexpected breakdowns.

vertical-storing-dock-levellers-ulti-dock-loading-systems-3Mechanical Levellers require daily maintenance checks as well as every 90 days for optimal productivity.

Daily checks include checking the leveller for dirt and debris and removing anything that could hinder the function of the leveller. Make sure that the hinge section of the lip and the platform is clean and unobstructed.

Every 90 days, perform a more thorough inspection of your leveller: 

  1. Start by cleaning the pit area; inspect all lip out mechanisms (pins, lip crank, links, chains and shackles) and replace any that look worn.
  2. Lubricate the leveler with the proper lubricants in all appropriate locations.
  3. Inspect all weather seals (if installed) and replace if worn or damaged.
  4. Inspect dock bumpers. 10cm of bumper protection is required. Worn, torn, loose or missing bumpers must be replaced.
  5. Check the condition of concrete, angles and welds. Repair or replace if necessary.
  6. Inspect structure, hinge pins, clevis pins and cotter pins for abnormal wear and tear.


Air or Hydraulic Levellers require the same maintenance protocol as mentioned above with additional steps below:

  1. Inspect all conduit boxes, control boxes and electrical connections for damage. Inspect the hydraulic system (cylinders, hoses, fittings, and power units). Repair or replace if worn or damaged.
  2. Make sure to check the control box for any evidence of condensation.
  3. With the leveler supported by the maintenance strut, inspect the air tower for damage. For hydraulic levelers, check the hydraulic fluid level in the tank. Add fluid if necessary.
  4. In addition, every 360 days, make sure to check and tighten the control box mounting hardware on either air or hydraulic powered units. Re-torque all shoulder bolts on units equipped with Safe-T-Lip.

Ulti Group provides servicing and can help you put together a planned maintenance program for your loading dock levellers and other related equipment. Reach out for a FREE site survey of your facility:

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