Maximize productivity and improve safety at your facility with the help of Copperloy re-engineered yard ramps. Copperloy is a leading provider of loading dock equipment solutions, offering yard ramps with superior strength, longevity, and functionality. Most notably, Copperloy yard ramps are safer and easier to operate than loading dock systems from competing manufacturers.
For more than 60 years, Copperloy has pioneered the development of dock ramps and other forms of loading equipment. Our team of expert engineering is equipped with advanced manufacturing equipment. As a result, we can maintain the highest levels of precision in the design and manufacturing of ramps. So, our clients can depend on us to deliver reliable yard ramps that will enhance productivity and efficiency.
Most importantly, Copperloy maintains safety as a top priority in the production of our yard ramps. Performing freight loading tasks with forklifts introduces a litany of potential safety risks, so we design our ramps to meet OSHA‘s strict safety requirements.
If you are uncertain of what size and capacity you need for your yard ramps, get in touch with our technical staff today, and we can provide professional recommendations based on your unique application.
What makes our new yard ramps faster?
Our re-engineered ramps are faster for two main reasons: (1) Their positioning capabilities and (2) Their one-cylinder hydraulic design.
They can be positioned at the truck.
Unlike other yard ramps, the re-engineered Copperloy yard ramp can be positioned at the truck. This positioning allows for crews to be ready to load up to two-and-a-half times faster than the average industry portable yard ramp.
They use a one-cylinder hydraulic system design.
Traditional ramps rely on a two-cylinder hydraulic system. Our re-engineered ramps use a one-cylinder design, however. This design means less pressure is needed to lift the ramp. Thus, the ramp rises faster and is easier to operate.
What makes our yard ramps safer?
Copperloy did not want to sacrifice safety in its quest for faster loading times. Indeed, we wanted to improve safety and OHSA-compliance at the same time. This new design improves safety by also making our yard ramps.
Rise Evenly with Reduced Tipping. The one-cylinder design provides greater stability. In addition, the central location of the cylinder reduces the chance of tipping.
Easy Pump Access. The pump is located on the outside of the ramp frame, so loading crew members have easy access at all times.
Handle Rugged Terrain. Our ramps have solid-filled pneumatic tires that can handle rugged terrain. As a result, the potential for punctures or air pressure problems is greatly minimized.
Decrease the Chance of Disconnection. The positioning sleeve has three points of connection, which greatly reduces the likelihood it will disconnect during irregular maneuvers. Also, rotation occurs on the redesigned positioning sleeve instead of the ramp connection. This design reduces wear on the ramp structure, keeping our ramps in top form longer.
Attach Securely to the Truck. We’ve included a 15-in lip and 8-ft safety chains to keep the mobile ramp secure to the truck.
Prevent Accidental Runoff. Our ramps also feature 7-inch safety curbs to help prevent accidental runoff.
Copperloy Yard Ramps Key Features
8-Foot Level Off
Accessibility is a central part of making forklift operation as safe and productive as possible. Therefore, we design our yard ramps with an 8-foot level off to make loading and unloading tasks a smoother, safer process for forklift operators.
This feature will rest on your dock floor, platform, or a truck’s carrier body to make traveling up and down the ramp much easier. We also include 8-foot safety chains that prevent yard ramps from pulling away from trucks and docks.
This is another core feature of Copperloy yard ramps. This 6″ safety curb is designed to prevent runoff for forklifts, making loading tasks much safer for operators. Our unique box-frame construction and hollow-section design also minimize stress for heavy loads and cargo breakout.
Copperloy yard ramps are designed with a single-acting hydraulic pump, so they need only half the effort to raise relative to other ramps on the market. We have also placed the pump on the outside of the ramp to simplify operation while protecting the pump from wear and tear. Additionally, the pump handle is easier to store when not in use.
Low End Plate
To further improve forklift accessibility, we design our ramps with a low end plate that sits lower than a forklift’s wheelbase. As a result, the forklift’s front wheels can more easily reach the deck grating without the back wheels leaving the ground. This makes traveling up and down yard ramps smoother and safer for forklift operators and creates easier ground-level entry.
Steel Deck Grating
Copperloy yard ramps feature a steel deck grating designed with electro-forged, serrated steel for superior strength and traction. This grating has 1/4″ to 3/4″ bars with 1″ spacing between, so rain, snow, and other forms of debris can easily pass through. As a result, the deck grating can maintain its traction even in harsher weather conditions.
18-Inch Solid/Pneumatic Tires
Although tires are not the first thing you think of when choosing a ramp, they are central to a ramp’s performance. We design our ramps with solid tires because they require much less maintenance than their air-filled counterparts. Our ramp tires do not require refilling and feature lubricated bearings, so they are essentially maintenance-free.
Yard Ramp Positioning Sleeve
This positioning sleeve allows for 180 degrees of ramp maneuverability, so you can quickly reposition your ramps for each new loading task. Just slide the fork into the sleeve, and the forklift can begin moving the ramp to its new position.
This is another feature that improves ramp maneuverability. The towbar allows ramp operators to tow the ramp around your facility at a max speed of 5-mph.
*This feature is not designed for high-speed, long-distance towing.
Custom Yard Ramps Options
In addition to the many other features we offer, Copperloy can create custom features for unique applications. Our staff has immense experience in yard ramp manufacturing, so you can rely on us to meet your application requirements.
We know a picture–or a video–is worth a thousand words. That’s why we recorded our tests and made them available for you to view. Copperloy performed timed raising and positioning studies of all our competitors’ loading ramps.
Specifically, we compared ours to Bluff yard ramps, Vestil ramps, Discount Ramps, HandiRamp, and Yard King. A comparison video showing the performance of Copperloy loading ramps.
You can watch this comparison below:
Contact Copperloy to find out more about the benefits of the redesigned yard ramp. We can help you find the solutions to your loading crew’s unique situation and needs.
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