Types of Loading Docks

There are many types of loading docks available to help make shipping or warehousing operations run more smoothly and efficiently. The recommended type of loading ramp will vary depending on the type of business being supplied and, at Dura-Ramp, we know exactly what options will work best for any kind of operation.

Types of Loading Docks and Ramps

Whether you need a permanent loading dock for a shipping yard, a mobile forklift ramp for a warehouse, or a ramp for a series of loading bays, there is a solution to be found in the wide world of loading docks. Some of the types of loading ramps include:

Portable Loading Docks

Featuring a durable wheel system and a lighter framework, this type of loading ramp is capable of being moved from place to place. Although most portable loading docks typically feature a simple ramp design with a narrow and straight platform for easy loading and unloading, custom options are available to give you a ramp that perfectly suits your operation.

Heavy-Duty Loading Docks

When a loading ramp is going to be supporting a lot of weight and seeing high volumes of traffic, it is best to go with a heavy-duty loading dock. Many heavy-duty loading ramps are able to be disassembled and moved to another location or stored to free up space in a warehouse or yard.

Forklift Loading Ramps

Also known as ground-to-dock ramps, forklift loading ramps are ideal for any operation that requires versatility and mobility. This type of ramp comes in many sizes and varieties, with the main purpose being to allow a forklift to drive from the ground to the level of shipping truck bed to load and unload materials.

Railcar Loading Docks

Railcar loading docks are ramp systems that are specifically designed to offer excellent efficiency in handling materials that are being shipped by train. They can be disassembled to offer easy mobility if a train has multiple cars that need to be loaded or unloaded and the platform on a railcar loading dock is large enough to allow a forklift or pallet jack to make safe and convenient turns.

Custom Loading Ramps

If your operation requires a loading dock with special features or sizing, custom loading ramps are an excellent option. With the ability to tailor-make a ramp to maximize your workplace’s efficiency, Dura-Ramp is sure to have a loading dock solution that will work for you.

If you would like to learn more about the types of loading docks that are available, or if you are interested in one of our loading ramp products, please contact Dura-Ramp at 604-795-9799 or fill out a contact form on our website for a free quote.

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