What are Dock Boards?
One obstacle businesses face with their loading dock is bridging the gap between a truck and the dock. Truck beds have varying heights and even the height of the trailer floor within a truck can differ due to how much weight the truck is carrying. This means you have to gap to bridge and account for the height difference. Dock boards are temporary fixtures often made from reinforced steel that bridges this gap so that heavy machinery can easily transverse between a truck’s beds and your dock.
Our dock boards come in a variety of sizes to fit your facility’s needs. A dock board from Copperloy can help you maximize efficiency by allowing heavy equipment to safely operate onto a freight bed or box truck. Copperloy’s dock boards can be customized to match any weight specification or work with preexisting equipment and spaces. They also work great with our portable loading dock platforms!
With our in-house engineering team, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, and over 60 years of experience, we’re confident in our ability to get you the dock board you need and made in the USA. They’re high strength, durable and portable, with some of the highest capacities in the industry. Choose from a variety of options in both steel and aluminum models.
Steel Dock Boards with Welded Steel Curbs
Our steel dockboard has welded curbs to handle the toughest of tasks and it’s our most durable option. It features a heavy steel tread plate deck and fully welded steel curbs. The welded board comes in either 15,000-lb. or 20,000-lb. gross capacities.
Each is available in 60, 72, or 84-inch widths, with numerous options for length and height differential. Standard features include 10, 14, and 18-inch locking legs, 5.5-inch curbs, fold-down lifting loops, and an 11 lip is standard, 14-inch lip available. Special sizes and capacities are available. Contact the factory for availability.
- Fully welded all steel curbs.
- Heavy steel treadplate deck for high durability and extended service life.
- Most durable for the greatest value.
- Engineered for the toughest duty cycles.
- Fold-down lift loops are standard.
- Lift chains are optional
Aluminum Dockboards with Welded Aluminum Curbs
This version is all aluminum with welded curbs. It comes in a spectrum of models. There are three gross capacities, 10,000, 12,000, and 15,000 lbs with options for 11 or 14-inch lips, 9-inch and 13-inch locking legs, and 4-inch aluminum curbs.
Depending on capacity, you’ll find widths from 54 to 72 inches, and lengths of 30 to 84 inches. That means we have just about every option you can think of to fit just about any requirement. Our aluminum dockboards are tough, inexpensive, and lightweight just like our selection of yard ramps.
- Fully welded aluminum curbs for the highest strength.
- Tough aluminum tread-plate for a lightweight, corrosion-free surface.
- Mid to rough duty cycles.
- Lightweight maneuverability.
Aluminum Dock Board with Bolt-on Steel Curbs
Our other aluminum portable dock board has bolt-on steel curbs and comes standard with features such as an 11-inch lip, or optional 14-inch lip, 4-inch curbs, 9 and 13-inch locking legs, and a lift chain option. Our two standard weight capacities are 10,000 and 15,000 lbs.
Each capacity is available from a 54-inch width up to 72 inches, and lengths of 36 up to 72 inches. The dock boards combine both lightweight features and durability, while also being a great low cost and affordable dock board option. It fits between an all-steel portable dock board and the all-aluminum dock board.
- Structural steel curbs bolted on 6″ centers.
- Tough aluminum tread-plate deck for lightweight, high traction, corrosion-free surface.
- Low-cost alternative.
Dock Plates | A Lightweight Alternative to Dock Boards
Looking for a solution for lighter material handling tasks? If so, then a portable dock plate could be the right option for you. Dock plates bridge gaps between slight differences in elevation in industrial facilities to accommodate hand carts, dollies, and similar vehicles.
These pieces are available in aluminum and steel models and do not feature curbs. Copperloy carries portable dock plates with capacities ranging from 1,000 to 14,000 pounds. Together, dock boards and plates give you the tools you need to manage freight-handling tasks at nearly any weight capacity.
Custom Steel Fabrication and Design Services
While one freight handling solution may be ideal for one facility, it may slow down productivity in another. For this reason, our dedicated manufacturing team takes great pride in offering premier custom steel fabrication and design capabilities. Some of the team’s past customizations include dock board installations, dock-to-ground ramps, rebar pallets, lift tables, and yard ramps.
To streamline operations and provide optimal value to the customer, we maintain all burning, painting, machining, and fabricating capabilities in one space. This allows for collaboration across departments to meet customers’ most specific requirements.
Different stresses characterize different workspaces, so our manufacturers offer a complete selection of dock equipment to suit nearly any task. Customers can collaborate with our team to fabricate beryllium copper, specialty steels, nylon, plastic, and extruded aluminum. We will design your loading dock equipment solutions to offer not only the highest levels of performance but also safety, ensuring compliance with OSHA laws and regulations.
Connect with the team today to submit CAD drawings for conversion into a working 3-D model. Count on the Copperloy team to help you get the most out of your next project.
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