Choosing a dock leveller
A dock leveller will be used continuously in busy environments, so it is vital to choose the right type to suit your specific loading and unloading requirements.
It is important that that the height differences above and below the dock are established first, along with the width and capacity of the leveller required.
Leveller location – This will depend on the configuration of your loading bay, which will determine whether a recessed leveller or
Recessed leveller – Where a dedicated dock exists, this is the ideal method. The dock leveller is fitted into a pit in the dock floor to ensure seamless movement of goods from the trailer into the dock.
Raised leveller – In the event there is no dedicated loading dock, it is common that a platform is used to load/unload goods. Here, the leveller forms part of the platform and is therefore raised above the ground to suit trailer height.
The lip – Generally, there are two methods of ensuring that the lip fully covers any gap between the vehicle and the loading bay:
- Swing Lip – this conventional method uses a hinged lip to bridge the gap between trailer and leveller; standard lip lengths require that the vehicle be accurately positioned close to the leveller, although longer lips can be specified.
- Extending Lip – this method enables accurate control over any gap by extending the lip telescopically, making the positioning of the trailer less critical.