A loading dock leveler is an important part of any dock area, and will make a big difference to how easy it is for your staff to load and unload trucks. Getting materials loaded quickly and efficiently without damaging them is essential, and there are a number of ways that a leveling system will help you to achieve your goals.
Trucks come in many different sizes and the height of their trailers can be very different, which means that when they arrive at the dock there could be a significant difference between the level of the dock and the trailer. Dock levelers bridge the gap even if the height of the trailer is lower than that of the dock.
The operation of a loading dock leveler is simple. Mechanical levelers require the user to pull the pull-chain which raises the dock up. When raising, the dock levelers lip is extended with the help of springs. Once fully extended, the operator will walk the dock leveler down to where it meets the trailer.
Hydraulic dock levelers require only a single button to set up. The operator simply presses the button to raise the ramp to its maximum height at which point a lip extends to bridge the gap between the deck and the truck. The leveler then descends to rest on the load bed to provide a smooth transition that will allow your staff to roll goods on and off the truck easily.
The most important factor that you need to consider when choosing a loading dock leveler for your business is to ensure that the unit you choose offers enough weight capacity to allow for all of the goods that you are working with to be loaded and unloaded safely. Most companies offer a large selection of different units that are specially designed to operate properly with loads of up to 80,000 pounds.
It is important that your chosen system is the right size for your dock, offers sufficient load capacity to enable it to operate, and is safe. You will also need to ensure that the system you opt for is regularly maintained, but as long as a loading dock leveler is used in accordance with the guidelines that are set out in the manual, there is no reason why your unit will not provide you with years of helpful service in your loading area.
National Door provides service and installation of all kinds of dock levelers throughout the Metro Detroit area.