1 Noyes Avenue
East Providence, RI 02916
The major difference between used dock plates and use dock boards is capacity. They are similar in design and look except that dock plates have no guide rails and dock boards do, and both types have skid-resistant surfaces to ensure safety. Other permanent dock equipment includes dock levelers and lifts, which are generally secured permanently at each dock opening. (click here to view entire article)
Used dock plates are typically made out of aluminum, but heavier duty models are made of steel, and they allow for lighter loads. Hand carts and pallet jacks are used with this style, but forklifts and other lift equipment is too heavy. The capacity ranges from around 1,500 to 5,500 lbs., and they contain a 10 degree bend to allow it to be flush with the dock and the truck during loading and unloading.;
Used dock plates also do not contain guide rails, which is typical because they are only supporting foot traffic, warehouse carts, or pallet jacks (manual and electric). Usually the sides of a used dock plate have brightly colored tape or spray to prevent injury due to run-off.
Used dock boards are made of steel and have side rails to prevent pallet jacks and forklifts from falling off. Their decking is made of diamond pattern flooring to prevent lift equipment wheels from sliding when traveling on an incline. Capacities range from 5,000 lbs to 30,000 lbs, which is significantly higher.
by Bill Dimaio
Dock Plate Guide
Dockboard/dockplate guide for use in determining best size and type board required for your docking needs. Plates and boards should be chosen based on the method of loading and the weight and size of the loads. Discuss your needs with our experienced technicians to ensure you get the board or plate best suited for your operation.
The standard height for trailers is 55". Use this dimension as a reference number for a standard trailer height. Flat bed heights are higher. Highest truck height = T.
T is the measurement from the ground to the bed of the trailer.
The dock height is calculated by measuring the distance from the ground to the top of the dock.
Dock Height = D
Truck Height (T) - dock height (D) = height differential (H)
Discuss your loading dock requirement with one ASI's technicians by calling 800-876-3736
Used Dock Plates (con't)
Our used dock plates have a paint yellow strip along the edge of the plate to prevent run-off. Dock plates feature a diamond pattern embossed on the upper surface to help prevent wheels from slipping when traveling on an incline and locking t-bar legs that extend down into the gap between the truck and dock to secure them together. Used dock plates are portable and easy to maneuver by hand from one dock to the next.
Dock plates are not designed for use in forklift applications. Used dock plates are ideal for pallet jacks, carts or hand truck loading. Applications that require a forklift require a used dockboard