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Lift tables are indispensable tools in many industrial and commercial environments. They make lifting, lowering and positioning loads much easier, thereby increasing productivity and efficiency. But how do you choose the right lift table and what should you pay attention to when using it?

In this comprehensive guide, we examine all the important aspects of lifting tables. We explain why these versatile devices are indispensable in a wide range of industries and introduce the different types such as scissor lifts, lifting table trolleys and electric lifting tables. We also look at the diverse areas of application. We explain what is important when making a selection in terms of load capacity and functions and show the advantages for safety and ergonomics. Finally, we take a look into the future and the role of lifting tables in a constantly changing working world. offers lifting tables for almost all work areas and industries. Whether in mechanical engineering, the wood industry, the food and pharmaceuticals industry, in front of loading ramps or in conveyor systems, we always have the right solution.

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Why lifting tables are indispensable

Lifting tables are indispensable in every modern industrial company. They are used wherever loads need to be raised or lowered - whether in assembly departments, on conveyor lines or in the loading area. The use of lifting tables not only relieves the burden on employees, but also optimizes the time required for work processes and thus makes them more fluid.

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Ergonomic and back-friendly working

Lifting tables enable ergonomic and back-friendly workingby helping to prevent health problems and making the production process more effective. Occupational safety is particularly important in assembly work, where heavy loads have to be transported, as failures are often associated with poor posture.

Relief for the workforce

The use of lifting tables relieves the workload on workers by compensating for different heights and making it easier to transfer workpieces. This is particularly important because, in addition to the severe shortage of skilled workers, intralogistics also has to contend with a high level of health absence due to musculoskeletal disorders.

Increase productivity and efficiency

Lifting tables not only help to relieve the workload on employees, but also increase the productivity and efficiency of the company. By optimizing workflows, processes can run faster and more smoothly, which ultimately leads to greater profitability.

In summary, it can be said that lifting tables have become indispensable in modern industry due to their many advantages. They improve ergonomics in the workplace, relieve the burden on employees and at the same time increase the productivity and efficiency of the company.

The different types of lifting tables

There are a variety of lifting tables designed for different applications and requirements. The main categories are stationary lifting tables, mobile lifting tables, ergonomic lifting tables and special lifting tables.

Stationary lifting tables

Stationary lifting tables are permanently attached to the floor or embedded in it. They are ideal for loading or loading in warehouses, shipping companies or industrial plants. Depending on the model, they have a load capacity of 500 up to 8,000 kg and a lifting height of up to 2,000 mm. Depending on the lifting height and load capacity, they are equipped with single, double or tandem scissors.

Examples of stationary lifting tables are:

  1. Plant lifting tables – Designed for handling heavy loads with exceptional load-bearing capacity and durability. Indispensable in the automotive industry, mechanical engineering and heavy industry.
  2. Double scissor lifts – Provide enhanced functionality for more demanding lifting tasks and greater lifting heights. Valuable in repair shops, automotive production, warehousing and manufacturing industries.

Mobile lifting tables

Mobile lifting tables, also known as lifting table trolleys, are used in-house wherever loads need to be lifted and transported regardless of location. They make order picking or working on assembly lines and production lines easier. With load capacities of up to 1,500 kg, they are also ideal for loading and unloading.

Ergonomic lifting tables

Ergonomic lifting tables enable back-friendly work thanks to the stepless, hydraulic adjustment of the working height. They are used as robust and safe work tables for repairs or craft work with heavy materials. Models such as the HTH-E handling lifting table with a load capacity of 500-3,000 kg are ideal for these purposes.

Special lifting tables

Special lifting tables are designed for special applications. These include, for example:

  • Tandem scissor lifts for extra long and heavy loads with even load distribution across the entire platform
  • Column lifts for lifting large, heavy vehicles or machine parts with robust construction and high load capacity
  • loading lift tableswhich have been specially developed for use in the loading area and can be accessed from all sides by hand-guided industrial trucks

Thanks to the large selection of lifting tables with different properties, there is a suitable model for almost every application. In addition, many manufacturers offer individual special solutions to optimally adapt the lifting table to the respective requirements.

Applications of lifting tables

Lifting tables are versatile lifting devices that are used in a wide range of industries. They facilitate the handling of heavy loads and optimize work processes in production, logistics and office.

Industry and production

Lifting tables are indispensable in industry and production. They are used in assembly departments, on conveyor lines or in the loading area. The use of lifting tables relieves the burden on employees and optimizes work processes in terms of time, which leads to smoother workflows. Lifting tables enable ergonomic and back-friendly work by helping to prevent health problems and making the production process more effective.

Logistics and warehousing

Lifting tables have become indispensable in logistics and warehousing. They make it easier to load and unload vehicles and compensate for height differences between loading ramps and access roads. Loading lifting tables are specially designed for use in the logistics sector and have segmented loading flaps that bridge the gap to the vehicle.

Office and workplace

Lift tables are also used in offices and workplaces. They enable ergonomic and back-friendly working by individually adjusting the working height. Mobile lifting table trolleys can be used flexibly in different locations in the company and serve as a work table or workbench.


Application examples

Industry and production

Assembly departments, conveyor lines, loading area

Logistics and warehousing

Loading and unloading of vehicles, bridging height differences

Office and workplace

Ergonomic adjustment of the working height, mobile lifting table trolleys as work tables or workbenches

In summary, lifting tables can be used in almost all areas of a company due to their flexibility and versatility. They help to optimize work processes, relieve the burden on employees and increase productivity.

Selection criteria for the perfect lifting table

When selecting the ideal lifting table, various factors play a decisive role. The most important criteria are the required load capacity, the Platform size, the lifting range as well as additional functions and accessories.

Load capacity and platform size

The load capacity of a lifting table must be adapted to the loads to be lifted. Standard models offer load capacities between 500 kg and 10,000 kg. Lifting tables with platform dimensions of 1300 x 800 mm or 1300 x 1000 mm are suitable for transporting Euro pallets. It is advisable to choose a lifting table with a higher load capacity, even if only smaller loads are to be moved initially. This increases the longevity of the device.

Height adjustability

The lifting range, i.e. the minimum and maximum height of the lifting table, is another important criterion. It should be tailored to the individual requirements of the workplace. Standard lifting tables reach lifting heights of up to 1600 mm, while custom-made models also allow for greater heights.

Additional functions and accessories

Lifting tables can be equipped with a wide range of accessories to adapt them to specific requirements. Some examples are:

  1. Heavy-duty designs for rough operation
  2. Special control elements such as hand buttons, wall buttons or foot controls
  3. External unit in plastic or steel box
  4. Roll-off stops that automatically extend from the platform
  5. Bolt lock for the upper stop
  6. Integrated scale for direct weighing of pallets
  7. Turntables or turntables for rotating products or pallets
  8. Loading ramps for pallet trucks
  9. Locked wheels to prevent rolling loads from tipping over
  10. Underrun protection such as PVC roller blind, mesh shirt or bellows


By selecting the appropriate additional functions and the right accessories, the lifting table can be optimally adapted to individual requirements.

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Safety and ergonomic advantages

Lifting tables offer a high level of safety and ergonomics in the workplace. By using lifting tables, employees can be protected from injuries and health damage.

Protective measures for safe handling

To ensure safety when using lifting tables, the following protective measures must be observed:

  1. Loads must be placed on the lifting table in such a way that they cannot accidentally slip or fall.
  2. It is forbidden to stay under the lifting table during movement.
  3. Young people are only permitted to operate non-stationary lifting tables if they are 17 years old or older (or after twelve months of training under supervision).
  4. When lifting tables are not installed in a fixed location, particular attention must be paid to stability in order to avoid the risk of tipping over.

Ergonomic advantages of lifting tables

Lifting tables contribute significantly to improving ergonomics in the workplace:

  • The stepless, hydraulic height adjustment allows you to work without putting strain on your back.
  • Stressful movements and forced postures can be avoided.
  • Adapting the working height to the individual needs of the employee increases well-being and performance.
  • Ergonomic lifting tables reduce the risk of musculoskeletal disorders and reduce sickness-related absences.

Investments in ergonomic workplaces with lifting tables pay off for companies through higher productivity, better quality and lower sick leave. At the same time, employees benefit from improved health and job satisfaction.

Different types of lift tables

There are different types of lift tables that are suitable for different applications. Below are some of the most common types, including the hydraulic lift table and the electric lift table.

1. Hydraulic lifting tables

This type of lift table uses a hydraulic system to raise and lower the platform. They are very powerful and can handle heavy loads with ease. Hydraulic lift tables are available in a variety of sizes and lifting capacities and can be used in both industrial and commercial settings.

2. Electric lift tables

Electric lift tables use an electric motor that drives a spindle to raise and lower the platform. They are easy to operate and offer precise lift height control. Electric lift tables or screw jack tables are ideal for applications that require high accuracy and control.

3. Manual lifting tables

Manual lift tables, powered by hand or foot pumps, are ideal for smaller tasks and environments where electricity is not available. They are inexpensive and easy to use, but require more physical effort than their hydraulic or electric counterparts. This type of lifting table is often operated with a hand lever.

Choosing the right lift table

Selecting the right lift table depends on a number of factors including the type of application, the load being lifted and the specific needs of the job. Here are some factors to consider when choosing a lift table.

  1. Load capacity: The load capacity is a key factor when choosing a lift table. You must choose a lift table that is capable of safely supporting the maximum load you intend to lift.
  2. Lift height: Lift height refers to the maximum distance the lift table can lift. It should be selected based on the specific needs of your application.
  3. Platform size: The size of the platform is another important factor. It should be big enough to safely carry the load, but not so big that it takes up too much space.
  4. Type of application: The type of application can also influence the choice of lift table. For example, manual lift tables are ideal for smaller tasks and environments where power is not available, while electric or hydraulic lift tables are better suited for larger, power-hungry applications.
  5. Price: Finally, price should also be considered when choosing a lift table. It's important to choose a lift table that is within your budget, but remember that the cheapest option isn't always the best. It's often better to spend a little more for a quality product that is durable and reliable.