Transporting equipments, vehicles and other such heavy devices could be risky if you are not using dock levelers. Not just can it be risky to the people involved, but can cause damage to the objects being transported.
The dock levelers are there to make transportation a smooth affair. The dock levelers (also called dock plates or dock boards) are a tool which people can exercise to fill the gaps between trailers and dock while the loading or unloading takes place.
Trailers are of the height that sometimes is not the same as of the dock (either higher than or lower than the dock). The main function of dock levelers is to move things up or down, based on where the trailer bed is situated. Hence machines like forklifts can travel to the dock safely and smoothly.
There are multiple kinds of dock levelers such as Hydraulic, Mechanical, Air-powered and Specialty. Hydraulic consists of Standard Hydraulic (RHH), the Vertical Hydraulic (RHV) and the Jumbo (RHJ) that offers full-width trailers’ access.
Air-Powered dock leveler contains Air-Tower (RHA). It is like hydraulic leveler and avoids any possible stump-out problem. The Mechanical dock leveler consists of Standard Mechanical dock levelers (RHM) and Edge-of-Dock levelers (RHE). The Truck and Railcar Activated are Speciality dock levelers for trucks and railcars.
The types of machines or vehicles you will be transporting must be considered while deciding about the dock leveler you will use. The dock levelers you select should match your needs for all the given situations. Also, the trailer or vibrating table dimensions, how often loading will be done and the load capacities should be considered while selecting the dock levelers.
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