Design of Heavy Duty Lift Tables Include Proper Concrete to Rebar Ratio for Pit Well According to Alfacon Solutions

When constructing a heavy-duty table lift, Alfacon Solutions’ engineers help to first consider the pit’s overall dimensions. Many applications require that a lift table be installed into a concrete pit. To start, the width and length, a 1″ gap around the perimeter of the platform, must remain; between the edge of the deck and edge of the pit wall must remain as well.

The overall pit width and length will be the platform width + 2″ and the platform length + 2″. This is for a lift table with no hinged bridges. Once the manually operated hinged bridge is added, an additional inch of clearance between the edge of the platform and the edge of the pit wall for each hinged bridge are required allowing space for the hinge spools and other elements. This additional gap requirement increases when utilizing a hydraulic hinged bridge. This space allows the cylinder to extend the bridge.

The next consideration is the depth of the pit. Alfacon recommends cutting the pit to the fully lowered height of the lift table, plus an additional 1/4″, to ensure that the table does not stick out of the pit. It is much better to shim a table slightly to bring it up to floor height then it is to try to rework a pit because the equipment has a slight projection.

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Founded in 1983, Alfacon Solutions ( is a leading case and pallet conveyor handling systems company operating from a new facility in Milton, Ontario, Canada. Based in lean manufacturing principles, including best-practice value stream mapping and continuous improvement, the Alfacon team designs, engineers, manufactures, and installs complete material handling solutions. 


Alfacon provides services to its customer base in the courier, retail, manufacturing, and industrial sectors. The company is a proud member of Conveyor and Sortation Systems (CSS), an Industry Group of MHI; Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB); MHI; and MHEDA.

The core values of Alfacon Solutions ensure a customer-centric approach to every project and drives the entire team to consistently deliver exceptional results. From experience, passion, and integrity to commitment, innovation, and on-time delivery dependability, Alfacon Solutions anticipates double digit growth year over year for the next decade. Follow on Twitter @AlfaconSolution.

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