Easyrack Warehouse Equipment

Top » Loading Ramps » Portable Docks...

Portable Docks

Shop our Online Catalog: Dockboards & Loading Dock Ramps

16,000lb Capacity Portable Dock. Portable docks are steel platforms that are used with yard ramps in areas where there is no building or loading dock available.Portable Docks

Portable docks are steel platforms that are used with yard ramps in areas where there is no building or loading dock available.  They are most commonly found in rural or remote construction areas, or where agricultural produce is being packaged in the field and shipped directly to market.  While a portable dock can function as a standalone steel platform, it is more common to connect several units together to form the equivalent of a concrete dock that allows full fork truck functionality, loading, and offloading via yard ramps.

 

 

54" Travel Portable HD, Elec-hyd Loading Docks (5000lb cap). Portable docks are also used extensively by companies who are leasing a warehouse or a factory and who are beginning to outgrow their existing space.  The first major use of portable docks was seen in New York State in the home building industry.  Construction crews needed a way to quickly unload rail cars to get materials to the site.  To trim transportation expenses and save time, companies began leasing real estate alongside of rail yards and sectioning it off with fences to create an offloading area for trucks.  They installed portable docks in these areas and used yard ramps to connect the platforms to the rail cars, thus creating docks that were literally out in the middle of nowhere, but just as sturdy and reliable as any shipping dock in an urban industrial building.

 

After this initial success, portable docks quickly found their way into all sorts of onsite applications in the construction industry.  They also found a second and very important application in agriculture.  When apple crops were ready in the past, apples were placed in containers and then shipped via rail or truck to packaging plants, where they were either bagged or palletized.  Grocers began to realize what an exorbitant expense the fuel and warehousing costs were adding to the price of apples and other produce.  Eventually, portable docks were installed in the field that allowed for the immediate boxing or palletizing of produce, which was then loaded directly onto rail cars or refrigerated trucks.  This has since proven invaluable in the fight to keep food costs down in the midst of climbing fuel costs. 

 

Portable docks are also used extensively by companies who are leasing a warehouse or a factory and who are beginning to outgrow their existing space.  As staff increases and production rises, these companies often must add dock space either by pouring concrete or by installing steel platforms to work as portable docks.  While the cost of either option may in many cases be equivalent to the other (depending upon the amount of dock space needed and the number of platforms necessary to create it), companies that opt for portable docks rather than concrete docks can either resell their platforms later when they relocate, or they can simply relocate the equipment with them.

 

Easy Rack portable docks are custom built to the precise height needed by the client.  They can be manufactured either with fixed legs or adjustable legs on one or both sides.  These steel platforms are usually connected together to create a large, outdoor, solid platform.  For example, if a client wants a 16X32 dock, 4 or 5 edge of docks mounted, and a yard ramp, we will ship 8 portable docks with a splice plate that will create a sturdy surface equivalent to a concrete loading dock. 

 

The use of a single steel platform is less common because a yard ramp can act as a form of dock in and of itself, particularly in rail yards.  However, in some cases where fork trucks have to run parallel to rail cars, they don’t have enough room to turn from the yard ramp into the car.  In these cases, a single portable dock at the end of the yard ramp can allow a forklift to make a safe 90 degree turn.

 

 

What We Do for You

Easy Rack carries a wide variety of new & used pallet racksmaterial handling equipmentused pallet racks, and modular buildings installed nationwide. If you can not find what you are looking for call us toll free at 1-888-776-3720 and we will find it for you. Our home office is located in Houston, Texas with regional distribution centers located in all 50 States including New York NY, Los Angeles CA, Miami, FL. Chicago, IL. Denver CO., Dallas TX, San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Boise ID, Atlanta GA, Albuquerque NM.




Back to main topic: Loading Ramps
Dock Plates
Yard Ramps
Rail Boards
Wheel Risers
Truck Loading Ramps
When Is It Time To Buy A Trailer Loading Ramp
Why Buy An Aluminum Dock Plate?

RSS News Feed

Join us on Facebook!



RSS

Quick Find
 
Use keywords to find the product you are looking for.
Advanced Search

Subscribe to receive the latest news & specials on our products:

Shopping Cart more
0 items

Categories
Drum Handling Equipment->
Ergonomic Equipment->
Food Service & Supermarket Equip
Fork Truck & Forklift Attachment->
Gantry & Jib Cranes->
Hoist & Haul Equipment
Industrial Carts, Jacks, Dollies->
Industrial Hose Reels->
Industrial Ladders->
Industrial Lifts & Docks->
Industrial Steel Shelving->
Loader Attachments->
Loading Dock Equipment->
Masonry Equipment
Modular Buildings->
Packaging Equipment->
Pail & Cylinder Equipment
Pail & Drum Heaters->
Protective Barriers->
Retail Display Shelving->
Scales
Shade Tents
Skid Steer Equipment->
Storage Racks & Cabinets->
Tire Storage Racks & Dollies
USED Pallet Racking
Wide Span Industrial Shelves
Wire Shelving
New Pallet Racks
View All Products

Articles
New Articles
All Topics
 Cantilever Racks
 Commercial & Industrial Scales
 Discount Storage Racks
 Dockboards
 Easyrack Authors
 Ergonomic Equipment
 Gondola Retail Display Shelving
 Heavy Construction Equipment
 Industrial Steel Shelving
 Loading Ramps
 Material Handling Equipment ->
 Material Handling Resources
 Metal Building
 Modular Buildings & Installation ->
 Netting
 New & Used Pallet Racks!
 New Pallet Racks
 Pallet Handling Equipment
 Shade Structures
 Stack Racks
 Steel Security Folding Gates ->
 Storage Buildings
 Testimonials
 Used Pallet Racks
 Wire Shelving Units
Articles RSS Feed


Bestsellers
01.48X46 (2.5x4.5) Flared Wire Decking
02.96" Tear Drop Pallet Rack Step Beams
03.108" Tear Drop Pallet Rack Step Beams
04.48" Tear Drop Pallet Racking Step Beams
05.120" Tear Drop Pallet Rack Step Beams
06.18 Gauge Steel 5 Shelf Closed Shelving Units.
07.144" Tear Drop Pallet Rack Step Beams
08.19,980 lb Capacity Tear Drop Pallet Rack Frames.
09.Heavy- Duty Arms for Heavy-Duty Cantilever Racking
10.Leg Dolly

Reviews more
3 Tier Tire Storage Rack Shelving
If you sell new or used tires at your place of business, you ..
5 of 5 Stars!

What's New? more
Standard Tire Display Rack
Standard Tire Display Rack
$376.60

View Latest Additions

Information
Shipping & Returns
Privacy Notice
Conditions of Use
Newsletter
Contact Us
Catalog Feed

Easy Rack Houston Texas
832-427-5306
Fax: 832-427-5512

Home | Site Map | Material Handling Equipment | New & Used Pallet Racks | Storage Racks | Industrial Ladders  | Modular Buildings & Installation | Drum Handling Equipment | Material Handling Blog | Ask The Experts | Safety Bollards  | Netting | About Us .

Copyright 2007© Easyrack.org