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The Value of American-Made Products

  The value of American-made products is the combination of several factors that ultimately benefits all of us living in the United States, including customers who are buying American-made loading dock parts. Over the last twenty years, many sectors of the American economy, including manufacturing, have moved much or all of their operations out of the United States to countries where both labor and materials are plentiful and cheap. The reasons given (the real reasons are the financial benefits for shareholders and executives) to justify this shift of jobs and operations including the ability to buy goods manufactured out of the country more inexpensively in American and a burgeoning emergence of new, higher-paying jobs based in technology for the American...

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The Benefits of Dock Leveler Maintenance

  Loading docks are the heart of operations in any facility. This is where raw materials are received into the facility and where finished products are shipped out of the facility. When loading dock equipment is down, every other operation in your facility is impacted. Dock levelers are a vital piece of equipment at your loading docks. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you include your dock levelers in your regular maintenance cycle. This can help you prevent long-term damage and gives you the opportunity to rectify issues before they become a problem that virtually stops all operations in your facility. Routine dock leveler maintenance ensures that the work environment at your loading docks is safer for everyone. The...

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Most Common Truck Types at the Loading Dock

When designing a loading dock, it is essential to plan for the different types of trucks that may visit your facility. There is a wide variety of truck lengths, overall heights, and bed heights. During the dock design process, it is a good idea to ask your clients for a list of the trucks that the dock will service, and have them include the information listed below: The types of trucks that will be serviced at your facility. These may include: Double-Axel Semi-Trucks Flatbed Trucks Panel Trucks Container Trucks Low Boys High Cube Vans Step Vans Furniture Vans City Trucks All of the above trucks have different bed heights. For instance, the truck bed height for a double-axel semi-truck can...

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Loading Dock Approach Considerations

Loading docks can frequently involve many moving parts, and different docks can have different approaches. In addition to the level grade approach, a loading dock might have an inclined approach or a decline approach. The steeper the incline or decline, the more likely it is that a company will have loading dock issues. Different types of loading dock approaches have specific problems that must be solved by facility managers. The different dock approach dangers and solutions include:   Decline Approach Dangers The major problem with a decline approach, in which the ground slopes down toward the building, is that the top of the trailer risks striking the building. Dock bumper projection is highly recommended in such circumstances. In some cases,...

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Loading Dock Separation Accidents: How They Happen

   A loading dock separation accident is one in which a truck moves away from the dock while a forklift operator is unloading or loading the truck. Loading dock separation accidents can cause serious, long-term injuries or, even worse, fatalities for forklift operators. There are four extremely common kinds of loading dock separation accidents that can happen, but preventative safety measures can minimize the risk of them happening in your facility.   Early Departure (Aggressive Pullout) The first common type of loading dock separation accidents is an early departure, also known as an aggressive pullout. This happens when the driver of a truck that is not secured to the loading dock leaves the dock while a forklift operator is in...

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