What is a lifting table?

Lifting tables are used to lift material up to an appropriate height of a work process. They may be fixed or transportable. The charged is usually hydraulically moving either directly by one or more hydraulic stamps or indirectly through scissors. Another way to use a lifting table is firmly set lifting platforms or elevators where the lifting table lifts material or persons from one level to another.

In addition, lifting tables can be used in the workplace's interior design, so that employees' working environment is optimized

Lifting tables are also used in large style at car dealers, where the lifting table lifts cars from the living room level to the first floor, just as the lifting table can also handle the task of lifting a pallet of paper from the sidewalk up to the printing press on the first floor. Automatic parking garages where the cars are automatically placed for customers are also possible by means of eg. The option of the lifting table.

Lifting tables must comply with the provisions of the occupational health and safety legislation for technical aids. All Jema Lift lifting tables do this.

How do you maintain a lifting table?

Lift tables must be inspected and maintained to keep them in good condition. JEMA LIFT's instructions must be followed (they are included with the lift table and can be stored near the lift table where it is easily accessible to the user).

For mechanically operated lift tables, a complete inspection must be carried out at least every 12 months by the supplier or another expert. JEMA LIFT of course offers to carry out the mandatory inspection for you.

Each day, prior to use, the lift table must be checked by the user to ensure that the table's security features are working and that there are no visible flaws

During maintenance, repair, or cleaning under the lift table, the table must be safely secured in a lifted position with a proper blocking device. There must be a sign advising of the maintenance.

A lift table can be designed so that it can be collapsed for ease of maintenance and inspection. Such a collapsible table must be securely held in its open position.

What factors should be considered before ordering a lifting table?

Before you choose your lift table, it's a good idea to read the guidelines here:

Lift tables must be designed for use, adjustment, and maintenance so that the user or others are not endangered.  The lift table must be provided with instructions for use and clearly labelled with vendor information. As necessary, information from the instruction manual must be available on the lift table. 

The manual controls must operate in such a way that movement stops immediately when the control is released (dead man's switch function).

Manual controls must be located or designed in such a way that accidental adjustment is prevented. For example, push buttons must be recessed or fitted with a collar. Pedals must have covers.

The manual control functions must be indicated with readily understandable symbols or text in English.

Fixed lift tables must be fitted with one or more emergency stops that terminate all functions.

An emergency stop must be visible and easily accessible for operation and designed so that the lift table cannot be started until the relevant emergency stop is reset.

Portable lift tables with wheels must have brakes or other blocking devices for the wheels.

A portable lift table for horizontal transport of goods must be fitted with a fixed handle or a bracket about 1m above the floor and with a clearance to the lift table edge of at least 100 mm.

Brakes or blocking devices for the wheels must be operable by the operator in a standing position.

The table and chassis edges should be painted with black-yellow or red-white warning stripes.

Pinch hazards between scissor arms must be prevented as follows:

Distance from the table and the bottom frame edge and into the scissor arms must be at least 50 mm. Distance between the individual arms must be at least 30 mm.

Prevent pinch hazards between scissor arms as follows: 

Either there must be a touch sensitive trim all the way around that, when touched, stops movement before the trim has reached its endpoint, or there must always be a free distance under the table's edge of at least 120 mm. The lift table must be clearly labelled with the maximum permissible load in kg.

How do I use af lifting table properly?

Use of lift tables must be done safely, taking into account what the lift table is intended for.

During use, the lift table must stand on a horizontal and solid base capable of supporting the required load. If it is fixed in place, it should be fastened firmly to the base. If it is fitted with wheels, they must be braked or otherwise properly blocked.

Freight must be properly placed on the table so that it cannot tip over or fall down, and the maximum allowable load must not be exceeded. This load can be specified as a SWL (Safe Working Load) or WLL (Working Load Limit).

Horizontal transport of freight on lift tables may be done only with the table completely lowered.

During transport, the freight should not extend beyond the table's edges.

Security related parts and other protective equipment may not be removed during use.

With firmly fixed lift tables, be sure to observe the minimum clearance of at least 0.5 metres, up to a height of 2.1 metres, and ensure that there is no stacked freight around the lift table closer than 0.5 metres from the platform's free edges. If this limit cannot be met, the lift table workspace must be barricaded, or pinch hazards must be neutralized in another equally secure manner.

A tool must be taken out of service in an appropriately responsible manner as soon as a fault or damage is observed that could result in accidents or health hazards. The same applies in the event of circumstances causing the base of the tool's workspace to become unstable or incapable of supporting the load satisfactorily, or causing the service, monitoring, or control parts affecting affect the tool's safety to cease functioning as intended.


​All deliveries (sale, rental and lending) shall be accompanied with written instructions in English about operation, use, and maintenance.  The instructions must indicate how to operate the lift table in a safe manner, including ordinary maintenance, erection and dismantling. The instructions must indicate the specified lift table, its expected use, along with abnormal but foreseeable uses and usage situations. If any uses are discouraged, these must be specified.

The instructions must always be kept on or near the lift table.  If the instructions are not kept on the lift table, it should be indicated stated where the instructions are stored.

What is meant by min. height?

Minimum height is the table's installation height. That is, the height from bottom to top when the table is in the lowest position.

What does stroke mean?

Stroke is the lift table's total movement. That is, the possible height difference from lowest to highest position.


What is an evenly distributed load?

A lift table's lifting capacity is based on distributed loads over the whole tabletop. If there is point-load either sideways or lengthwise, the lift table lifting capacity will be lower. As a rule, a lift table can handle 50% load over one half of the tabletop on its length, while it can handle 1/3 load on one half of its side. A lift table’s lifting capacity must never be exceeded.

Can I get the lifting table to rise faster?

Yes. But it usually requires a larger hydraulic pump and motor. The larger the pump and motor, the greater the flow in the hydraulics and therefore the greater the raise speed. For speeds above 0.1 metre per second, some kind of variable pump must usually be used.

Does JEMA LIFT make special lifting tables?

Yes. JEMA LIFT can provide a lift table for any task. Special tables are usually built out of modules from standard tables, but we also make a great deal of lift tables that are built 100% according to the customer's needs. We excel at customer-specific solutions, and it is not as expensive as you might think.

What is a double horizontal shaft lifting table?

Very long lifting tables with relatively low lifting height are usually built by several scissors in succession. The scissors are mechanically synchronized and thus lifts completely alike and stable at all heights.

Can my lifting table tolerate remaining outdoors?

Yes. Basically, our lacquered surfaces are strong and of high quality, but for the best finish and durability, we recommend a galvanized solution.

Can a lifting table be built into a fully automated installation?

Yes. Our lifting tables are used in all industries, often in fully automatic installations. Our standard control system has inputs from PLC, so it is very easy to integrate a lift table in another system.

How stable is a lifting table?

A JEMA lifting table is made with arms of profiled steel and with high-quality hydraulics. The lift table is therefore very stable. At full load compared to no load, however, you must expect that the lift table will sway a bit, typically, around 1-2 cm.

What are the rules about service?

Lift tables are subject to the rules of mandatory inspections (AT instruction No. of May 1996, among others). Normal lift tables must have service and control inspections performed every 12 months. Freight and passenger lifts must be serviced multiple times per year. JEMA LIFT has a service department and offers this service throughout the country