Improve Your Operations this Spring with a Box Truck Ramp
With spring weather finally approaching, it’s time to consider if your facility is fully optimized. A box truck ramp is a piece of loading equipment that allows you to seamlessly load and unload cargo while offering easily adjustable features when needed.
If your facility processes heavy equipment and loads, then heavy duty ramps are the solution for you. At Copperloy, our box truck ramp is engineered for safety and stability so employees can feel secure knowing that processing will run smoothly. Before you look to purchase heavy duty ramps for your operations, let’s take a look at some key features that will ensure shipping is as easy as possible.
Safety Features for a Box Truck Ramp
Safety is paramount at any shipping and handling facility. The COVID-19 pandemic has added additional stress to many warehouse operations as companies have faced product shortages, shipping delays, and inflation. With more work to do than ever, it’s important to keep employee safety at the forefront of your operations.
The Copperloy box truck ramp comes with a centrally located cylinder that alters the center of gravity and thus reducing the chances of tipping. In addition, these heavy duty ramps have a 15” lip and safety chains that create a secure attachment to the loading platform. The ramp also has steel grating as the loading surface, which means that no matter what weather conditions you experience this spring, you won’t need to worry about slipping or accidental runoffs. The box truck ramp also comes equipped with an 8 foot level off that allows forklifts to access cargo easily.
Mobility and Adjustment
No two facilities are the same, which is why it’s important to have a box truck ramp that’s easy to adjust. Our ramps come with a tow bar that makes it easy to move them across your warehouse or space. These heavy duty ramps also have positioning sleeves that easily adjust the loading platform to reach the bed of the truck or trailer.
When it comes to maintenance of a box truck ramp, we ensure this is an easy process. The tires on our ramps are 18” solid-filled pneumatic tires, which means you won’t need to worry about punctures or air pressure.
Longevity of Heavy Duty Ramps
When you purchase heavy duty ramps, you want them to last. That’s why our box truck ramp is engineered with a single hydraulic system. The result? Raise times that are two times faster than the average heavy duty ramp and that are easy to maintain. We also build our ramps so that the positioning sleeve is easy to locate and place, which means that the rotation won’t occur at the ramp connection. This reduces heavy sleeve wear and tear typically seen on a box truck ramp. When you purchase ramps from Copperloy, you can trust that they will last for years.
Optimize Your Facility Today
Heavy duty ramps are a great way to improve operations this spring and keep business moving quickly. Once you add a box truck ramp to your facility, you can trust that this equipment will perform optimally for years to come. Plus, your employees will remain safe and secure thanks to our built in features.
Don’t wait. Optimize your shipping and handling today with a box truck ramp from Copperloy.
Why You Need a Dock Leveler, Dock Plate, and Dock Board To Optimize Your Facility
As an owner of a loading dock facility, you know the importance of safety and productivity in your facility. You need employees to be protected while they work to ensure maximum production levels. One of the best ways to support your safety and production standards is to invest in high-quality loading dock equipment. Here at Copperloy, we offer a range of equipment options to make this possible including an edge of dock leveler, dock plate, and a dock board.
But how can these items change the productivity at your loading dock facility? How do you know what’s designed to be safe? Below are the 3 best loading dock equipment pieces you need and how they can optimize your loading dock process.
How Loading Dock Equipment Optimizes Your Facility
Edge of Dock Leveler
An edge of dock leveler (EOD) is used to bridge the gap between the edge of a loading dock area to a truck or ramp. Dock levelers are installed to the edge of a loading dock for a stable connection during loading and unloading. An edge of dock leveler is ideal to use when trucks are backing up to a loading dock.
The EOD handle is pulled to activate the lever to lift over the top height of the truck for easy positioning and height matching. A dock leveler from Copperloy works with trucks that are 5” above or below dock levelers. It’s also available in 20,000 and 30,000 lb. models. No matter your facility or loading dock, we have an edge of dock leveler for you.
But what makes an edge of dock leveler safe? You can drive a forklift across an EOD while knowing it’s locked in place for safe freight handling. This ensures that your employees driving the forklifts across the dock leveler are safe from tipping or entering the trucks at an uneven height. A safe and efficient loading dock process will keep your employees working at their best throughout the day. Contact us today to get your edge of dock leveler now.
A dock plate is smaller than an edge of dock leveler. Dock plates are flat pieces of metal that have a slight bend to them for easier transitions between areas. Our dock plates don’t have curbs, which makes them ideal for irregular or sharp turns. You can use dollies, pallet jacks, and carts with dock plates because of the absence of the curb.
Dock plates are an ideal choice for lightweight applications, meaning they should not be used with heavy-duty equipment like forklifts. Each plate is designed to handle capacities between 1,000 and 17,000 lbs. You can choose between steel or aluminum bases for your dock plates.
Because dock plates are ideal for lightweight applications, they are the best option for quick and safe unloading and loading at your facility. Employees can quickly push a cart between the loading dock and edge of a truck with a dock plate to secure the connection. Quicker load times will mean your staff can move on to the next shipment and increase productivity.
Dock boards help solve a unique problem related to both edge of dock levelers and dock plates. For instance, if you don’t have an edge of dock leveler installed at your loading dock but you need something more than a dock plate for a forklift to drive across, a dock board is a fantastic temporary solution.
A Copperloy dock board is made from reinforced steel and is designed to temporarily bridge the gap between your loading dock and a truck. This helps maximize productivity by allowing heavy-duty equipment like forklifts to safely drive onto a freight bed or box truck. With a range of models, our dock boards can accommodate 10,000-15,000 lbs.
While you wait on your plans to install an edge of dock leveler, a dock board can also ensure safety for your loading dock workers. Instead of maneuvering across an unstable area between the dock and a truck, there is now a secure and durable board to guide the forklift across the gap.
Get The Best Loading Dock Equipment Now
To maximize safety and productivity in your loading facility, you need an edge of dock leveler, dock plate, and dock board. Each item will help you load and unload shipments faster while keeping employees safe on the dock.
Copperloy products have been the best in the industry for over 60 years. Our products are manufactured right here in the USA and are unmatched in quality and durability. If you want to improve your loading dock facility, contact us today to learn more.
How Do I Know If My Forklift Maintenance Ramps Are 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 maintenance 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.
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
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.
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 Maintenance Ramps
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.
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.
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!
If 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.