Loading Dock Equipment

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Loading Dock Equipment

How to Choose the Right Dock Plate

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How to Choose the Right Dock Plate

BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

Choosing the correct dock plate is extremely important, as an incorrect plate will not fit properly, and could cause additional damage to the dock. The right capacity and size will help to ensure better performance. In this article, we’ll look at all of the things that you will need to consider when you are buying a dock plate.

Safety Is Always Important

The dock plate you choose needs to be right for your application, not just the cheapest option you can find. It needs to be able to work under conditions specific to your country. The difference between the types of forklift in use is more important than you might imagine as well. The three-wheeled forklift will generally need to have a dock plate with a higher weight capacity.

To determine the necessary weight requirements, determine the lifting capabilities of the biggest piece of equipment you will be using. Multiply that by three. In the case of those three-wheeled forklifts, increase the capacity to the next highest level. Many experts feel that if more than one shift a day will be using the dock, it’s a good idea to increase the weight capacity by another level.

The Right Width

A good rule of thumb when choosing the dock plate is to choose one that’s at least 12” wider than the largest piece of equipment that will go onto it. This will ensure there is plenty of room for error.

The Right Length

When trying to calculate the proper length for the plate, you have to look at three different elements. First, you need to choose the dock height. It is also important to know the height of the truck bed, and the type of loading equipment you will be using on the dock.

When choosing the right length, you have to consider the height differential. This is the number of inches up or down that the plate will need to accommodate. If the dock is 48” high, and the edge of the trailer is 52”, then the differential would be 4”. When you are choosing the right plate, you need to find one that will be able to accommodate all of the different trailers that come through your business.

Because all companies are slightly different in what they need, it might be advisable to speak with a professional who can help you with your calculations, simply so you can be sure you are buying the right product.

What’s the Cost?

Another one of the most important elements to consider when you are buying a dock plate is the price. Different types of plates have different costs, naturally. While the manufacturers will have different prices, the cost goes beyond just the company that makes the product. Steel is larger and heavier, and it can stand up to heavier weights. However, it tends to be cheaper than aluminum, which is much lighter.

The Shipping

The shipping costs for these products will vary too. Naturally, steel is heavier and will have a higher shipping cost. When considering shipping, make sure you know just how long it will take before the plate arrives. In some cases, it can take time to create a plate that’s perfect for your company. This, coupled with slow shipping, can be a problem for some companies. Always look at just how long it will take before you have the plate at your company before buying. If you don’t need it right away, then you have more leeway in what you order. Some companies might offer rush shipping, but you can naturally expect that this will cost even more.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Loading Dock Equipment

    How to Choose the Right Dock Bumpers

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    How to Choose the Right Dock Bumpers

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    When trying to choose the right dock loading bumpers for your loading dock area, you have to make sure to find the style that will work best for your company’s usage. A number of different types of bumpers are on the market today, but some might not work as well for your business as others. Let’s look at some of the most common types of bumpers and learn more about their typical usage. This guide will help to give you a better idea of just what you should be looking for when you are buying dock loading bumpers for your own dock.

    Steel Faced Bumpers

    These types of bumpers are a great choice for docking in areas that suffer from a large amount of friction due to the trailer moving up and down along the dock. The addition of steel to the bumper adds durability and helps to increase the length of time you can use it – sometimes doubling the usage. It is possible to find these sorts of bumpers in many different sizes, so it should not be too difficult to find one that works for your dock. However, for those who do not need to have the ruggedness of the steel faced bumpers, other choices are readily available.

    Laminated Dock Bumpers

    Laminated dock bumpers are a great choice for those docks exposed to the weather. They require virtually no maintenance, and they are strong enough to withstand bumps from trucks and to trucks. Even if the truck backs into the building, it can provide that added measure of protection to keep everything structurally intact. They are excellent choices for most loading dock protection needs, as well as for building foundation protection.

    Extruded Dock Bumpers

    These types of dock bumpers work well both inside and outside, and are popular for parking garages and commercial loading docks. You will sometimes find these bumpers in marinas as well, as they can add some simple and effective protection for boats trying to dock. They are also on many tow trucks and trailers as well, since this protects the vehicles and buildings they may bump.

    Extra Length Dock Bumpers

    Because all docks, trucks, and businesses are different, it’s also possible to find dock bumpers that are extra long and able to provide protection to the entire dock, not just a small portion of it. They come in different heights as well as lengths, so you can find one that should work well for your dock.

    Extra Thick Dock Bumpers

    If you need to provide more protection and a greater distance from the dock and truck, the extra thick dock bumpers have added layers of material to offer much better impact resistance. These could be a good option for those companies that have particularly large vehicles coming to the loading dock. Even a slight bump could cause major damage, so having the extra thick bumpers can provide the business owner with a bit more peace of mind.

    Take the Time to Find What’s Right

    If you do not have the right dock loading bumpers, it could cause expensive repairs down the line, and it could actually cause downtime for your company since it will be nearly impossible to get deliveries or to ship. Keeping the bumpers in shape will reduce your maintenance costs and help your company to be more efficient overall. When buying bumpers for your loading dock, refer to the information here, or speak with a manufacturer about the best choice for your particular situation. Never settle for anything less than the best when you are buying protection for your loading dock.

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  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

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    Loading Dock Equipment

    Loading Docks

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    Loading Docks

    BY ROBERT BROOME, OWNER

    Loading Docks Charlotte NC

    When businesses send and receive freight on a regular basis, it’s important to have the right equipment on your loading docks.  Having the right solutions in place helps to ensure worker safety and efficiency. This helps to improve profits and makes for a more secure and profitable work environment. A proper loading dock set up also helps to protect your building and the trailers that are backing in. Have questions? We service the entire Charlotte and Raleigh areas.

    Dock Bumpers

    Dock bumpers are an entry level solution to loading and unloading trucks. The most common dock bumpers are laminated bumpers. These bumpers are made of piles of treads from truck tires. This durable material provides a long life cycle and they are economical to install. These bumpers are generally anchored below the level of your dock door or welded in to place. You can learn more about different varieties of dock bumpers and their uses here.

    Dock Seals

    For facilities that need protection from the elements, additional security and added structural safety, dock seals may be the answer. Dock Seals, when used correctly, can provide a business with all of the aforementioned benefits and more. In many cases, dock seals are a must for facilities that ship and receive food items that need to be protected from pest contamination and temperature variance. Click the link below to learn more about dock seals and shelters.

    Dock Levelers

    In many cases, facilities ship and receive items from trucks with a variety of heights. In this case, it is best to employ the use of a dock leveler. Most dock equipment providers offer dock levelers that are mechanical, hydraulic, and air powered. Each type of leveler will suit the need of a property owner a bit differently. click the button below to learn more specifics about dock levelers and to determine which type of leveler that will work best for your location.

    Dock Doors

    When it comes to garage doors, there are many different styles and configurations. The most common and economical for loading docks are commercial sectional doors. These doors work like a standard garage door which you find on most residential properties. The main difference is the look and thickness of the door sections. Commercial Sectional doors are made to take the rigors of loading dock traffic and provide long life and low cost of ownership. Learn more at the link below.

     

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    • Charlotte
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    • Mount Holly
    • Stanley
    • Waxhaw
    • Weddington
    • Rock Hill
  • Hi, I'm Tisha Broome. I'm one of the owners here at Presto. I'm an expert in helping clients choose the right garage door, garage floor and gutter system. I can also help you with all of your repair and maintenance needs. You can text me with any questions. I typically respond in less then 15 minutes during normal business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.

  • Terry Caldwell
  • Hi, I'm Terry Caldwell. I've been a member of the Presto Team since 2015. I've been working with clients to choose their perfect product solution since 2018. Before that, I was our lead garage door installer and then our lead repair technician. I can help you find solutions to even the most difficult problems. Feel free to text me your questions. I typically respond in less than 15 minutes during business hours. I'm available to speak by phone, email or by video call if you'd like me to see the visual details of your project.