Dock plates are essential equipment used in logistics and material handling operations, providing a safe and efficient means of bridging the gap between a loading dock and a truck or trailer. These versatile devices are designed to facilitate the loading and unloading of goods, making the process smoother and safer for both workers and equipment.
Unlike a dock board, dock plates are incredibly different. Dock plates do not have side curbs like the dock boards do. Dock plates are a cost-effective solution for loading and unloading lightweight materials on foot. Dock plates and dock boards are very similar in appearance, but dock boards have side rails and a much higher weight capacity. The side rails are typically what gives away that it is a dock board and means that it is safe to use with motorized lift equipment. Dock plates have a much lower weight capacity and no side rails, so they can only be used with carts, dollies, and manual operations.
An advantage of dock plates is that they are designed with a flat piece of metal and have a small bend for easy transition. With a lightweight design it makes it easy to transport around a warehouse facility. Unlike dock boards which loads and unloads trailers or trucks with forklifts, dock plates generally use dollies, pallet jacks, or hand trucks. Usually, the sides of a dock plate have brightly colored tape or spray to increase visibility and prevent injury. Note: When determining size needed, the width of the dock plate should be 12 inches wider than the load.
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