Dock Plates and Dock Boards
Small and large operations alike have a need for lightweight, hand portable, dock ramps for use with hand carts and manual pallet jacks. Dock plates and dock boards are very different and often called by the wrong name. Choosing the correct SIZE and CAPACITY of equipment helps improve your dock operation. These factors are determined by length, width, height differential, and capacity. These dock ramps bridge a gap from the dock to the truck, overcoming both the gap distance as well as the height differential between the truck and the dock. Typically, dock boards are of heavier-duty construction than dock plates and allow for utilizing a forklift to load and unload a trailer.
Aluminum Dock plate
36″ Long x 36″ Wide / 48″ Long x 48″ Wide
Capacity = 2,500 lbs
Aluminum Dock Boards
48″Long x 60″Wide
Aluminum with steel side curbs
Capacity = 10,000 lbs
In a loading dock, one problem to overcome is the problem of bridging the gap between a truck and the dock or warehouse floor. Not all trucks are the same height, and the height of the trailer floor within a truck can vary according to how heavily the truck is laden. Thus there is not only a gap to bridge but a height difference to overcome. Various devices are employed in order to achieve this: dock plates, dock levelers, dock boards, and various forms of lift. These devices vary in construction, suitability to dock conditions, cost of installation, and loading capacity.
Dock plates and dock boards are simply metal ramps, bridging the gaps between dock and truck. Dock plates are generally made out of aluminum whilst dock boards are generally made out of steel. Aluminum dock plates are thus more suitable for lighter loads, such as handcarts and dollies, whereas steel dock boards are more suitable for heavier motorized equipment such as forklift trucks and electric pallet trucks. Another difference between dock plates and dock boards, in addition to their load-bearing capabilities, is their construction. Dock plates are simple flat plates, whereas dock boards have curbs, bolted or welded to the edge of the board.
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