When it comes to everything from dock levelers, dock seals and dock shelters, Country Door Systems is the go-to resource for loading dock equipment in Janesville WI and the surrounding area.
When it’s time to replace loading dock equipment in any size facility, a performance review is a major planning step. Consider the following questions on dock doors:
What are the heights of the trucks and trailers accessing the dock regularly?
48 inches above the ground is standard, but some vehicles are as low as 20 inches and as high as 62 inches
Required Door Size?
The inside width of newer style trailers may be as much as 101 inches (8.5 feet) to allow 40- and 48-inch pallets to fit side-by-side
Inside height may be as much as 114 inches for allow for double stacking of loads for maximum capacity
Overall Dock Height – 48 inches is standard – do you accommodate trucks and trailers of different sizes?
Key Moving Loading Dock Equipment
A major element of a productive loading dock is the leveling system. Review the following as you consider changes.
Pit-style Levelers — Pit-style dock levelers are available in both hydraulic and mechanical designs. They are installed after the loading dock area floor is installed and can be easily removed for replacement and maintenance.
Vertical Storing Dock Levelers — Available in both hydraulic and mechanical models. Units rise above concrete floor extending to the loading dock. Flat plate option is welded to embedded channel.
Edge of Dock Levelers — Available in both hydraulic and mechanical models. A low cost alternative to pit-style dock levelers. Suitable for loading docks requiring less capacity and less frequent use.
Most dock leveling systems come in both hydraulic and mechanical versions. Consider which is best for your operation:
Both are available in a variety of sizes
Both are available in various capacity ranges
Hydraulic dock levelers represent higher initial costs – but provide lower operating costs and fewer maintenance requirements. Hydraulic control provides smooth, quiet operation at the touch of a button.
What size do you need for your day-to-day use:
Capacity may be discussed in terms of Static, Rollover and Dynamic.
Static and Rollover refer to the amount of weight a dock leveler can safely support – either stacked on it or crossing it
Dynamic refers to the total force of a rolling load during extended use – Dynamic rating is considered the best measure of measuring capacity under true working conditions Have you considered “Dock Leveler Lip Length?”
Industry professionals recommend a lip of 4 to 6 inches remain in contact with the loading/unloading vehicle at all times
What kind of bumper protection do you need?
Is the approach to your loading docks level or sloped. The degree of slope will help to determine the need for bumpers to protect the vehicles and building
Dock Seals and Dock Shelters Are More Than Options
To make a complete, up-to-date loading dock area requires safe and secure dock seals and dock shelters. Installing these versatile units to compliment every loading dock door requires the right tools, the right training and the right experience.
A final element in a complete installation of loading dock equipment is the addition of vehicle restraints. This secure hardware locks onto the trailer RIG and prevents an unplanned movement. Remote access from inside the building is possible.
Rely Upon Professionals for Loading Dock Equipment
When it comes to loading dock equipment, Country Door Systems will install and service whatever you need. For details on the high-quality products we deliver, check out these websites:
For advice based upon years of experience with installation, maintenance and repair, call Country Door Systems at 608-752-9537. When you need to replace dock levelers, dock seals, dock shelters or any related products, Country Door Systems is the place for all your loading dock equipment in Janesville WI.
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1. Height of Trailers / Trucks accessing the Dock
48” is standard but some vehicles can be as low as 20” or as high as 62”
2. Dock Door Size
Inside width on new style Trailers can be as much as 101” (8’-5”) and allows for a 40”pallet and 48”pallet to fit side by side. Inside Height of up to 114”allows for double stacked loads to max out Trailer volume.
3. Dock Height
48” is standard but some vehicles may require a lower or higher dock height
4. Style of Dock Leveler
Available in both Hydraulic and Mechanical models. Installed after the floor is poured. Easily removed for replacement.
Available in both Hydraulic Mechanical and models. Provides concrete floor beside Dock Leveler. Flat plate option welds to embedded channel.
Edge of Dock
Available in both Mechanical and Hydraulic models. Lower cost alternative to the pit style Dock Leveler. Suitable for lesser capacities and facilities with less frequent use. Suited for servicing minimal deviation in above and below level ranges. Excellent upgrade to aluminum plates.
5. Hydraulic or Mechanical
Which applications require fully hydraulic rather than mechanical Dock Levelers? Both types are available in a variety of sizes and capacity ranges. Hydraulic Dock Levelers, although higher in initial cost, have proven to provide lower lifetime cost due to lower maintenance requirements. Added benefits of fully hydraulic Dock Levelers include smooth, quiet operation at the touch of a button and automatic return to cross traffic position. For operator convenience and years of trouble-free service, fully hydraulic Dock Levelers are suggested for all applications.
6. Dock Leveler Size
Talking about capacity, I’ve heard the terms STATIC, ROLLOVER and DYNAMIC being used. Which rating should influence my Dock Leveler selection?
Static and rollover refer to the amount of weight that a Dock Leveler can safely support, either stacked on the deck or crossing over it, while in the stored position.
Dynamic capacity refers to the total force of a rolling load that a Dock Leveler can safely support while in the extended or service position. This dynamic rating should be used when selecting your Dock Leveler, since it is the only method that considers true, live working conditions
7. Dock Leveler Capacity
There are three ways of determining the capacity of a dock leveler.
The first is static load – the amount of standing (non-moving, non-impact) weight the dock leveler will support.
The second factor is rollover capacity – the amount of moving weight the leveler will support in its closed and fully supported position.
The third is dynamic load – this is a measure of the force the load applies to the leveler as it impacts the leveler in a raised position.
The dynamic rating is a combination of the weight of the lift vehicle and its load, its speed and the angle of the leveler above dock. Dynamic force increases as the grade increases, therefore, a longer dock leveler will handle greater loads, because the dynamic impact is less. Which rating should influence my Dock Leveler selection? Static and rollover refer to the amount of weight that a Dock Leveler can safely support, either stacked on the deck or crossing over it, while in the stored position. Dynamic capacity refers to the total force of a rolling load that a Dock Leveler can safely support while in the extended or service position. This dynamic rating should be used when selecting your Dock Leveler, since it is the only method that considers true, live working conditions.
8. Dock Leveler Lip Length
How much lip length is recommended in the truck at all times?
It is recommended that 4” to 6” of the lip should remain in contact with the vehicle at all times
9. Bumper Projection
Determined if approach is level or sloped to dock leveler
10. Style of Dock Seal or Dock Shelter
Determined if approach is level or sloped to dock leveler and door size.
11. Style of Vehicle Restraint required
Creates a safe working environment at the dock. Locks onto Trailer R.I.G., Prevents trailer from early departure. Easy operation from control Panel inside Building. Effective communication with truck driver via outside lights.