Loading docks tend to be unique. Often, variable conditions exist that require a custom solution to ensure safety.
Maybe your loading dock ramp needs to be able to handle heavier than usual loads. Maybe you need a wider-width ramp to load material onto a drop deck trailer. Your consultant should be able to make recommendations.
The use of dock boards, dock plates and yard ramps can provide solutions, depending on your needs that can help make your dock safer and more efficient.
Dock Boards and Yard Ramps
Dock boards and yard ramps can help bridge the gap between differing elevations, so that equipment is more stable. Dock boards can also double as a ramp, even when there is no height difference. Dock boards and ramps can make conditions safer at the dock.
Dock boards may be made of aluminum or steel, and can be custom made to whatever size or capability that is needed. In addition, these boards may come with welded or bolt-on curbs. Aluminum boards are usually best for corrosive environments, while steel dock boards work best in higher capacity and/or harsher environments.
Another option for your dock is a dock plate. They look similar to dock boards, and sometimes the terms are used interchangeably, but they are not the same and are not used for the same applications.
Dock plates are rectangular steel or aluminum plates with locking legs and handles to make them moveable. You pick them up and move them as needed. They are generally designed for non-powered equipment such as pallet jacks or hand trucks. Aluminum dock plates are often preferred because of their light weight.
Dock boards are designed to bear forklift and other vehicle traffic.
Discuss your needs with a material handling expert at a reputable company to ensure the safest conditions at your dock.