Rising to New Heights: the Versatility and Benefits of Lift Tables

Lift tables are versatile pieces of equipment that integrate into various production, manufacturing and packaging applications, offering a wide range of benefits for both material handling and ergonomic purposes. In this blog post, we'll delve into different types of lift tables, their advantages, and the diverse applications where they are commonly used.

Types of Lift Tables

  • Scissor Lift Tables:
    • Scissor lift tables are perhaps the most recognizable style of lift. They consist of a series of crossed steel bars (resembling a scissor) that extend and retract, raising and lowering the platform using three typical methods of actuation; Hydraulic, Pneumatic (air) or Electric. These tables are known for their stability and weight capacity.
    • Hydraulic Lift Tables:
      • Hydraulic lift tables utilize hydraulic cylinders to lift and lower loads smoothly and with precision. They are often favored for their ability to handle heavy loads and offer height adjustability.
    • Pneumatic Lift Tables:
      • Pneumatic lift tables use compressed air to raise and lower the platform. They are lightweight and provide a quieter, cleaner operation compared to hydraulic systems. They are suitable for applications that require precise control.
    • Electric Lift Tables (DC Battery Pack):
      • Electric lift tables are powered by electric motors, making them ideal for applications where noise and emissions need to be minimized. They are often used in indoor environments and for ergonomic purposes.
  • Tandem or Multistage Lift Tables:
    • Designed with multiple scissor mechanisms, enabling them to achieve higher lifting heights or larger platforms. These tables use a series of stacked scissor arms to extend their reach vertically or horizontally, providing increased lifting capacity and flexibility for handling loads at various heights and size.
  • Mobile Lift Tables:
    • Equipped with wheels or casters, allowing them to be easily moved within a facility. These tables provide mobility for tasks such as transporting loads, positioning materials, or facilitating ergonomic workstations. They are particularly useful in environments where flexibility and adaptability are essential. The Power Traverse feature is available for applications requiring transport of heavy items.
  • Low Profile Lifts:
    • These tables are characterized by their compact design and reduced collapsed height. These tables are suitable for applications where operators require low clearance or incorporating a ramp for loading.
  • Dock Lifts:
    • Dock lifts are specifically designed for loading and unloading tasks at docks or raised platforms. They facilitate the efficient transfer of goods between different levels, such as trucks and warehouse floors. Dock lifts are essential for optimizing material handling processes in distribution centers and logistics facilities.
  • Tilt Tables:
    • These tables have a platform that can be tilted to various angles, allowing for ergonomic positioning of materials or products. These tables are beneficial in assembly lines, manufacturing, or other processes where tilting is necessary for better access, visibility, or assembly/handling of goods.
  • Upenders:
    • Upenders are designed to tilt or rotate loads 90 degrees, turning them upside down or repositioning them as needed. These tables are useful for applications where inverting or upending products is required, such as inverting molds, flipping heavy components, prepping for packaging or handling products with specific orientation needs.
  • Post Table Lifts:
    • Post table lifts have a vertical post at the center of the platform, providing stability and support for lighter applications. These tables are suitable for lifting and positioning loads precisely (in tighter spaces), and they are often used in applications where stability and accuracy are crucial, such as in assembly or testing processes.
  • Ground Entry:
    • Ground entry lift tables have a low profile and are designed for easy loading and unloading by pallet jacks or other material handling equipment directly from the ground (rolling right on to the platform). This design eliminates the need for a pit or elevated platform, making them accessible and versatile for various applications.
  • Auto-leveling:
    • Auto-leveling lift tables are equipped with mechanisms that automatically adjust the height of the platform to maintain a consistent working level, regardless of the load weight. This feature ensures a stable and ergonomic working surface, especially in applications where loads vary in weight and need to be kept at a consistent working height.

Benefits of Lift Tables

  1. Enhanced Ergonomics:
    • Lift tables are designed to reduce strain and fatigue on workers by providing a comfortable working height and assisted lifting - This leads to improved productivity and decreased risk of injuries.
  2. Versatility:
    • Lift tables can be customized with various attachments, safety features and accessories to suit specific applications. Their adaptability makes them suitable for a wide range of industries.
  3. Safety:
    • Many lift tables come equipped with safety features such as anti-pinch technology, beveled toe guards, accordion skirting, safety rails, limit switches and emergency stop buttons, ensuring a secure working environment.
  4. Efficiency:
    • Lift tables expedite material handling processes, reducing the time and effort required to lift heavy items. This efficiency translates into cost savings and increased throughput.

Industries and Applications for Lift Tables

  1. Manufacturing:
    • Applications: Assembly lines, workstations, machine feeding, palletizing, and positioning heavy components.
  2. Warehousing and Distribution:
    • Applications: Loading and unloading trucks, order picking, pallet handling, and general material handling tasks.
  3. Logistics and Transportation:
    • Applications: Loading and unloading cargo, container handling, sorting, and positioning goods in distribution centers.
  4. Automotive:
    • Applications: Vehicle assembly, parts handling, maintenance, and repair tasks that involve lifting and positioning heavy automotive components.
  5. Aerospace:
    • Applications: Handling and positioning aircraft components, maintenance tasks, and assembly processes in the aerospace industry.
  6. Food and Beverage:
    • Applications: Pallet handling, material positioning, and other tasks in food processing, packaging, and distribution facilities.
  7. Retail:
    • Applications: Stock handling, order picking, and loading/unloading goods in retail distribution centers.
  8. Pharmaceutical and Healthcare:
    • Applications: Material handling in pharmaceutical manufacturing, packaging, and distribution, as well as in healthcare settings for ergonomic positioning of medical equipment.
  9. Construction:
    • Applications: Lifting and positioning construction materials, transporting tools and equipment, and facilitating work at various heights.
  10. Textile and Apparel:
    • Applications: Handling rolls of fabric, garment sorting, and positioning materials in textile and apparel manufacturing.
  11. Printing and Publishing:
    • Applications: Handling paper rolls, positioning printing plates, and facilitating material movement in printing facilities.
  12. Energy and Utilities:
    • Applications: Handling equipment and components in power plants, positioning materials in utility facilities, and maintenance tasks.
  13. Electronics and Technology:
    • Applications: Handling and positioning electronic components, assembly tasks, and material movement in the electronics industry.
  14. Oil and Gas:
    • Applications: Handling and positioning equipment in oil and gas facilities, maintenance tasks, and material movement.
  15. Mining:
    • Applications: Handling and positioning heavy mining equipment, transporting materials, and facilitating maintenance tasks.
  16. Chemical and Petrochemical:
    • Applications: Material handling in chemical manufacturing, positioning equipment, and facilitating maintenance tasks.
  17. Woodworking and Furniture:
    • Applications: Handling and positioning wood materials, transporting furniture components, and facilitating woodworking tasks.


Lift tables are valuable assets in various industries, offering ergonomic benefits, safety, and versatility. Understanding the different types of lift tables and their applications can help businesses make informed decisions about integrating this equipment into their operations. Whether it's in manufacturing, warehousing, healthcare, or beyond, lift tables continue to improve efficiency and enhance workplace safety.

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