When you are loading and unloading trailers, keeping a safe path for your pallet jacks, lift trucks or other equipment is a real consideration. Any device that bridges the distance between a loading dock and a truck or the floor has to be rugged enough to support substantial weight.
There are many choices out there from several different distributors in the San Fernando Valley. Although dock levelers are a popular choice, portable dock plates, boards and ramps are more affordable and frequently more adaptable choices. Unlike dock levelers, these pieces of equipment can be easily moved and re-used across multiple loading dock bays.
Dock plates are used to span a short distance from one area to another in material handling applications, generally between a dock and a trailer. They are built as a flat piece of metal with a small curve, and they frequently have a perpendicular safety foot mounted on the underside that holds the plate in position during times of use. Dock plates come in either aluminum or steel and can uphold weights of up to 17,000 lbs. They are generally made with a diamond plate facing for traction.
Dock boards provide a more substantial alternative for bridging gaps and have borders fitted on either side, which strengthen the board and prevent lift trucks from slipping over the edges. Dock boards come in both steel and lighter weight aluminum options. Curbs are either bolted or welded on either side. Like dock plates, dock boards frequently come equipped with a security leg and are usually made with a diamond plate facing.
A yard ramp is basically a moveable loading dock. It is a ramp that can be readily relocated within a shipping and receiving area to permit pallet jacks and forklifts to move safely from ground level up to a trailer or container and back. Most yard ramps have a height alignment mechanism to permit various types of containers and trucks.
For storage facilities that aren't equipped with loading docks, yard ramps are crucial for loading and unloading stock from containers and trailers. A secondary application is to allow vehicles to drive into a building from ground level via a bay door.
Loading Dock Ramps
A dock to ground ramp is beneficial when you have a need to pass compact trucks, vans or lift trucks in and out of your building on a regular basis. It's a permanent or semi-permanent ramp that enables vehicle travel from grade level to loading dock elevation.
Unlike yard ramps, dock to ground ramps are not designed to be moved around often, and are intended as a long term alternative. In addition, there is no need for a height adjustment mechanism, since the ramp remains fixed in one position.
Dock Plates, Dock Boards and Dock Ramps in the San Fernando Valley
If you're looking to purchase or service loading dock equipment in Southern California, speak to a warehouse expert at Raymond Handling Solutions today by calling (661) 206-0462.