What's up Dock?

Loading docks can be the heartbeat of a warehouse. With products and material flowing in and out throughout the day, it is important to maintain levels of efficiency, dependability and safety. At Russell Industries we offer a wide array of loading dock equipment including dock boards, dock plates, dock levelers, yard ramps and portable dock ramps, platforms and wheel risers. In this article we are going to explore the differences between dock boards and dock plates, along with the applications and material used for each.

Although dock plates and dock boards look quite similar, they are designed to handle different levels of traffic and equipment. Dock plates are rectangles of steel or aluminum with a locking leg and hand holes/handles to easily move them. Dock plates are NEVER for power equipment. They are ideal for hand truck and pallet jack traffic - manually moving equipment. They are the lightest and most cost effective solution to your loading and unloading needs.

Dock boards are similar to plates but they are manufactured with additional structural support components above the plate (curbs) and some on the underside as is the case with rail boards. There are different types of locking mechanisms available including drop pins, fixed legs or locking rings. Dock boards are designs to handle forklift and other equipment traffic. Make sure your dock equipment is reviewed by expert to make sure it can handle your workload capacity.

For more information on our dock plates and boards and other dock loading equipment you can give us a call at 877.718.7225 or visit us online at www.palletracksystems.com. We are conveniently located at our main office in Houston, TX and the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX area. We ship new and used warehouse equipment all over the country and our new eBay store - Dallas.