Small and large operations alike have need for light weight, hand portable, dock ramps for use with hand carts and manual pallet jacks. Dock boards and dock plates 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.
Dock boards provide loading and unloading capabilities in heavy-duty applications and bridge any gaps that can be a safety concern. They offer ease when using forklifts and other material handling equipment. Copperloy’s dock boards come in steel, aluminum with bolt on steel curbs, and aluminum with welded curbs. They are best specified by an expert who can take all aspects of your application into consideration. Dock boards can handle heavy capacities and have sides (or curbs) that prevent run off.
Dock plates are very much like dock boards but don’t have curbs. Dock Plates are rectangles of steel or aluminum with some type of locking leg and either hand hole or handles to move them. Plates are NEVER for power equipment. These are used to bridge a gap from one area to another in material handling operation. However, unlike dock boards, dock plates are a flat piece of metal with a slight bend for easy transition. Dock plates come in either steel or aluminum and can handle light capacities. Interestingly, the extra capacity that dock boards are able to achieve comes from the structural addition of curbs.