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Surface-Mount Loading Dock Lifts

Make Any Concrete Surface A Loading Dock

You can have a loading dock anyplace you need one, as long as the roadway surface will support the base of our dock lifts without deflecting. There is NO pit required. Standard loading dock lifts models are available with capacities up to 5,000 lbs., adequate to accommodate hand carts, 4-wheel carts and pallet trucks. Heavier capacities are available for special applications.

Portability and Versatility

Surface-Mount dock lifts are equipped with optional flip-down wheels for easy transportability to new locations, using a removable dolly handle. Special bridge and ramp plates are available to adapt the scissor dock lift to your application. The approach ramp and end-rails can be factory located to accommodate right-angle loading. The 42″ high handrail is removable for awkward loads. The standard self-contained, on-board power unit is designed for operation on 110/220 volt, 1-phase, 60 Hz power so that you can use the loading dock lift anywhere. Other power options are available.

For a superior choice of loading dock lifts, choose Copperloy.

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How Do I Know If My Forklift Ramp Is Safe?

Whether you currently have a forklift ramp at your facility, or you are looking to make an addition to your loading equipment, you know that safety is the top priority when it comes to ramps. Forklift ramps are used to create a platform for a forklift to travel up or down for loading purposes. Most major warehouses and manufacturers who process shipments have forklift ramps, or multiple, to run smooth operations.

But what if it’s your first time purchasing a forklift ramp? How do you know what’s safe, and what’s made cheap? Here are three important features to look for when shopping around for a safe forklift ramp.

#1 Maintenance 

To ensure your Copperloy yard ramp is in good working condition, scheduled maintenance is required. The running gear, hydraulics, and grating are just some of the key components that need to be checked. The Copperloy yard ramp owner’s manual includes a maintenance schedule. If any of the components are in need of maintenance/repair, stop using the ramp and perform maintenance/repair immediately.

#2 Securing The Ramp 

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The Copperloy yard ramp includes safety chains. The safety chains are used for securing the yard ramp to the trailer. The yard ramp must always be secured to the trailer prior to use.  Serious injury or death can occur if the ramp is not secured to the trailer. The Copperloy yard ramp owner’s manual includes information on securing the ramp to the trailer prior to use.

#3 Construction 

The Copperloy yard ramp is engineered in accordance with material handling safety standards and is tested at the Copperloy factory. The yard ramp is constructed with high-strength steel to offer capacities ranging from 16,000 pounds to 30,000 pounds. The open steel serrated grating serves two purposes, it allows greater fork truck traction and allows debris, snow, ice, and rail to fall through the open grating and not settle on the ramp. The Copperloy yard ramp has an 8’ level off section which is longer than any other manufacturer’s ramp level off section. The level off section allows fork trucks to safely drive straight into the trailer rather than on an incline.

#4 Using The Ramp Properly

All Copperloy ramps ship with an owner’s manual.  Reading the owner’s manual prior to using the ramp and educating yourself with the safety, installation, operation, and maintenance will be beneficial to you and your loading dock/warehouse team.  Reading the yard ramp manual prior to use will ensure a safe and efficient loading/unloading operation.

Why Copperloy? | Portable Forklift Ramps

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Copperloy products have been an industry standard for over 60 years and are designed for safety, durability, and innovation. All Copperloy products are manufactured in the USA and shipped all over the world.

Talk to our team today about a forklift ramp, or any of our material handling equipment. 

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Ready To Meet The Demands Of Distribution at Your Facility? Then You Need a Dock Ramp From Copperloy

Picture this: you arrive at work for another busy day of distributing delayed packages when you discover your dock ramp isn’t working at the last minute. Your daily operations can’t go on without a reliable dock ramp, so what are you supposed to do? Unfortunately, this is a problem that many shipping/distribution centers are facing right now due to delayed shipments at ports in the West. 

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The Port of Los Angeles is the 9th largest shipping port in the world and has been backed up with cargo ships in port and out at sea for almost 2 months. This has caused a massive cargo traffic jam that has never been seen before. As of October 19th, 159 ships were in port while another record 98 were anchored at sea waiting to be processed. As many people know, the pandemic has affected daily life across the country, and shipping and cargo demands have raised exponentially.

If you’re in the shipping and receiving industry, you’ve probably already felt the full effects of this massive backup. Now, more than ever, it’s crucial to have the best loading dock equipment to support your daily operations. A dock ramp from Copperloy will support your processes during this hectic time.

How Can I Use A Dock Ramp?

If you’re not sure how a dock ramp (also known as a mobile ramp) can help you process mass amounts of shipments, it’s time to learn more and make the switch. Our dock ramps convert empty space into a freight-handling center by creating loading dock space where there wasn’t any.   The dock ramp connects to the loading or unloading area to create a seamless path from the truck or trailer to the ground. 

Our dock ramps come with maximum capacities of up to 30,000 lbs. This weight capability is crucial for the delayed shipments you are processing. Shipments are packaged to their absolute limits to get as many products out as possible during this backup. Many of the containers consist of essential products produced overseas that Americans depend on for their daily use. You need to ensure that you have a dock ramp to handle all of the incoming shipments and their maximum weights to maximize efficiency.

Our dock ramps are known for their versatility, low maintenance, safe handling, and durability. Nobody wants to stop daily operations for maintenance tasks or major breaks. With our guaranteed to last mobile yard ramps, you won’t have to worry about pausing operations during this busy time. If you know that your facility is going to need a custom size or capability to handle the incoming flow of delayed shipments, we can work with you to accommodate your requests.

Get Your Dock Ramp From Copperloy Today!

Forklift using dock ramp rental to access semi tractor trailerIf you know your facility needs a loading dock equipment upgrade, then it’s time to make the change. With a dock ramp or mobile yard ramps from Copperloy, you will get an efficient and long-lasting solution for your facility. All of our equipment is manufactured in the USA and built to last. Our unique single-acting hydraulic design makes Copperloy ramps the best. 

Engineers design our dock ramps for safety and longevity to give you peace of mind at your facility. Copperloy is a leading provider of loading dock equipment solutions including heavy-duty truck ramps, edge of dock levelers, portable dock platforms, and more! Contact us today, and our staff will be ready to answer your questions.

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Why Does Height Matter?

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There’s no reason to struggle with inefficient loading and unloading in the modern world. With a dock leveler or dock plate from Copperloy, you can revitalize the way you work, and channel your time and resources into getting the job done. Sound like a big claim to make? We’ve got the evidence to back it up.

First and foremost, you should know what a dock leveler and dock plate do. A dock leveler or plate establishes the correct height and a secure connection between the edge of a loading area and a truck or a ramp. A dock plate connects two areas of a material handling operation, which gives you the security you need to get the job done. It’s important to match the height of your dock with a truck or ramp for smooth processes.

If your facility has shipments coming in and out frequently, you need a seamless process to keep shipments moving. A dock leveler or plate streamlines your loading docks with safe and secure loading dock connections.

Why Invest In A Dock Leveler? 

An edge of dock leveler, or EOD, bridges the gap between the edge of a loading dock and a truck or ramp. A dock leveler is ideal for trucks that need to back up to the loading dock. A Copperloy dock leveler is designed for trucks that are 5” above or below loading dock levels and is available in 20,000 and 30,000 lbs. models. There’s something for everyone when it comes to Copperloy edge-of-dock levelers.

Copperloy’s edge of dock levelers are the best solution for your loading dock needs because they are the safest and most efficient solution for varying truck bed heights. You can also utilize a dock leveler when dock space is limited, or when a full-sized, pit-style edge of dock leveler isn’t necessary. 

Every Copperloy edge of dock leveler is built for hassle-free operation. We offer both hydraulic or mechanical activation lifts, both of which are easy to operate. Simply pull back the main handle and the lip will mechanically lift over the dock height. With a small push of the handle forward, the lip will set into position on the truck floor. That’s it!

What About A Dock Plate? 

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So what about a dock plate? This versatile piece of equipment is just as easy to use.

A loading dock plate is a flat piece of metal with a slight bend in it for easy transitions between one area of material handling operations to the next. Copperloy dock plates don’t have curbs, which make them better for irregular or sharp turns. 

Our dock plates are recommended for lighter-weight applications. The aluminum dock plate comes with lifting straps for better transportation, and the steel dock plate includes a one-piece lift chain. Copperloy dock plates can handle capacities between 1,000 and 17,000 lbs. Pallet jacks, dollies, and carts work best with these weight capabilities. 

There are a few differences between the aluminum and steel dock plates. The aluminum plates are not made for forklifts to drive over and are better suited for handcarts and lighter loads. Steel plates can handle up to 17,000 lbs, but they weigh more and aren’t as portable as aluminum plates. Depending on your facility’s needs, you can determine what’s best for you.  

Why Should I Choose Copperloy For My Dock Height Needs?

If your loading and unloading isn’t as efficient as possible, it’s time to make a change. With Copperloy’s dock levelers and plates, you can get a fast and simple solution that revitalizes the way you process shipments.

 For over 50 years, our products have been proudly made in the USA. All of our products are manufactured to meet applicable safety and industry standards. 

Our engineers are also equipped to design and manufacture custom products for portable loading dock equipment such as custom lifts, portable yard and truck ramps, dock boards, and dock plates. Copperloy’s loading dock equipment offers industry-leading strength that outperforms the competition. 

Want to learn more about our loading dock equipment? Reach out to our team today!

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