Dock levellers are devices that can be added to loading docks. They provide a safe way to gain access and bridge the gap that exists between the factory floor or warehouse loading dock and the floor of the truck or trailer being loaded without obstruction.
A basic dock leveller consists of chassis beams encased in a box. It usually has a deck that supports an extended integrating lip and it operates by using hydraulics to move its various components.
The movements are controlled by a one touch simple to use push button control. Its construction is of heavy duty stainless steel so it’s strong and durable. They can be installed in several different ways according to your building and needs.
For installation at your factory, warehouse, commercial, or industrial loading dock the dock leveller can be entrenched directly into the concrete, set in a precast concrete pit or in ready made concrete slabs. There are several different types of electro – hydraulic dock levellers that do not require manual operation or input. They can be telescopic or swing lip.
The telescopic leveller is usually utilized in cases where the precise positioning of the leveller is required for example when a vehicle has to be loaded from the side and not the back. The swing lip leveller is traditional in style and function and offers the users much less versatility than the telescopic although the two are very similar. You can choose from the various different models according to your needs and the requirements of your operations.
Loading docks that have been outfitted with dock levellers are much more efficient and can process and handle several trucks in the time that it would take to process one truck. There are so many different models and types of trucks on the market today. On any given day a loading dock will handle several different makes and models with various widths and heights as well as the different sizes and types of loads.
In order to process the different vehicles and to easily and smoothly access the loading dock a dock leveller is used. They allow for the easy access of forklifts, trolleys as well as pallet jacks into any truck or trailer that pulls up to the loading area. This facilitates the quick and easy loading and unloading of containers and trailers.
In any business time is money. The less time it takes to process and dispatch vehicles, then the more vehicles can be handled in a day. This means less man hours to be billed and more money to be made. Dock Levellers have made the process of loading and unloading at loading docks much faster, easier, and safer.
If you are not sure how to go about using this technology at your loading bay or if you have any questions, please visit Industrial Door Engineers to speak with a qualified technician who will be happy to assist you, do a site visit and provide you with a quotation and any advice you may need.
Note: Lilly Jacobs writes for http://www.industrial-door-eng.co.uk/