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Loading Dock Options

Massey Admin - Tuesday, June 01, 2010

There are many methods to bridge the gap between a truck and dock:

Please consider the following:

  • Built in dock levelers- Standard 6’ x 8’, 25k capacity, service range up or down 12”.
  • Edge of dock levelers- Standard 66” or 72” wide, 20k capacity. Low initial cost but limited operating range of 4” up or down.
  • Scissor lifts: Ideal for ground operation. Slow.
  • 30’ long mobile yard ramp. Ideal for ground level application, mobile and can be placed any place in your yard or warehouse.
  • Loose dock plate: Aluminum or steel. Put in place manually or with a forklift.

Massey stocks, installs, and services all of these items. Give us a call for pricing and design ideas.

Loading Dock Systems

Massey Admin - Monday, May 24, 2010
Think green when designing your Loading Docks.

  • Reduce your energy cost- Place door seals or shelters around your docks.

  • Specify brush type seals around your doors and levelers in lieu of the standard vinyl. The will seal better, offer better rodent control, and inspectors prefer brush seals.

  • Specify one dock light per door. The increased efficiency due to better visibility, will reap immediate dividends.

  • Please note Massey designs, installs, and services all of these dock equipment items. All items are kept in stock at our St. Louis warehouse.

Loading Dock Options

Massey Admin - Monday, March 08, 2010

In considering the use of dock levelers:

  1. You can chose mechanical levelers (spring loaded with an upward biased). Operator pulls a chain and walks the leveler down. This is the most economical unit in initial cost, however it has the highest maintenance cost.
  2. You can also choose airbag levelers. Push button operation by the dock operator. The air bag inflates and raises the leveler and positions it on the trailer. Higher initial cost, lower maintenance cost.
  3. You can also choose a hydraulic leveler. Push button operation by the operator, hydraulic pistons raise the leveler and position it on the trailer. Initial cost is the highest but hydraulic levelers or the lowest in maintenance cost.

Remember you must determine the number of loads per day and the number of pallet loads per day. This will allow you to choose the right type of leveler.

Please note: If your rates are low a loose dock plate is probably the best option.

Loading Dock Considerations

Massey Admin - Monday, March 01, 2010

Prior to purchasing and designing a loading dock system you should define your problem. In any dock system you have the following variables:

  1. Product and pallets to be loaded and unloaded: size and weight.
  2. Lift truck, pallet truck: size, capacity, and weight.
  3. Rates: How many pallets to be loaded and unloaded per day.
  4. Rates: how many trucks to be unloaded per day.
  5. Dock height: ?
  6. Truck height: ?

Loading Dock Systems

Massey Admin - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Initial Parameters for loading docks:

  1. Normal dock height for dry trailers is 48” above grade.
  2. Normal dock height for reefer trucks is 52” above grade.
  3. Normal dock approach in front of dock is 200’ in Missouri the maximum truck length is 75’ long and 8.5’ wide.
  4. Normal dock leveler used is a 25k capacity 72” wide x 96” long. Operating range 12” above and below dock height.


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