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Loading Dock Equipment

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The loading dock is the sharp end of any company's operations, the place
where your business meets the outside world. Investing in the right
loading dock equipment on hand for loading and unloading deliveries means
that the goods will arrive at their final destination in the best
possible condition, and that will translate into savings.

There are numerous components that go into making the distribution
operation run smoothly, and all of the different parts of the jigsaw
fi...


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material handling equipment, loading dock equipment


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The loading dock is the sharp end of any company's operations, the place
where your business meets the outside world. Investing in the right
loading dock equipment on hand for loading and unloading deliveries means
that the goods will arrive at their final destination in the best
possible condition, and that will translate into savings.

There are numerous components that go into making the distribution
operation run smoothly, and all of the different parts of the jigsaw fit
together to make the operation more efficient, and safer, reducing the
incidence of accidents, increasing the protection offered to both goods
and staff, and also make the whole loading and unloading process a lot
faster.

One of the most important pieces of loading dock equipment that your
business will invest in is the dock seal or shelter. The idea behind a
dock seal is to allow for loading and unloading to take place in all
weather conditions. The truck will be able to reverse right back up to
the wall, and into the shelter, allowing staff to get access to the back
without worrying about slipping on wet surfaces.

In situations where the dock is not at the same level as the bed of
trucks that need to be loaded and unloaded, there are a number of
different solutions available to make the loading process as simple and
convenient as possible.

The simplest option available is a dock board. Some companies offer a
number of different options to make sure that the loading dock equipment
that you buy is right for your business. From the simplest ramp through
to heavy weight units that are able to carry the weight of a forklift.
The Dock board stretches between the dock and the back of the truck and
allows for easy access.
In situations where the height of the truck beds on delivery vehicle
varies greatly from the dock and where it is important to get the fastest
possible turnaround on deliveries, then a dock leveler is the ideal piece
of loading dock equipment. With a high powered lift and the capacity to
support particularly heavy weights such as fork lifts, dock levelers will
allow for a flexible system to be installed that will allow your
distribution center to accommodate a wide range of different vehicles.

When a dock is unavailable, loading need not be inhibited. Under
circumstances where you lack the capacity to load a truck through the
dock, aluminum and steel yard ramps will allow for easy access to the
rear of the vehicle from ground level.

Other pieces of loading dock equipment that are considered essential
include trailer stabilizing jacks that can be used to keep trailers
steady and level after the tractor has been released, and chocks to stop
vehicles from moving and causing problems. For lifting equipment and
materials into a truck from ground level, a truck scissor dock lift is
the perfect solution, and versions able to carry up to 12,000 pounds are
available.

In order to ensure that material loaded into the rear of a truck or
container is safe in transit, having a good stock of cargo bars that can
be fitted in a variety of different trucks is essential, and ensures that
your business is able to avoid costs incurred from goods being damaged in
transit.