Loading dock levelers
Loading dock levelers are currently the best way of loading and unloading goods. At Alapont Logistics we have a wide range of leveller models for loading docks, in accordance with the requirements of each type of client. In our catalogue you’ll find hydraulic, mechanical and special dock levelers. We offer the possibility of designing custom-made dock leveler, adapting to the different characteristics of the dock.
Our products and services may include the complete manufacturing and installation of the dock or its components, such as the ideal lifting leveler, insulating shelters or doors.
Advantages of our dock levelers
The hydraulic dock levelers with a hinged lip are made of 6/8 mm teardrop steel plate with one lifting cylinder and another for the lip. The latter is made with 13/15 mm teardrop plate and with a projection of 400 mm. The metal plates are treated with an anti-corrosion system. There is also the possibility of a galvanised finish, thus increasing their durability.
At Alapont Logistics Solutions you have technical advice available before and after the purchase, and maintenance of all the components of your loading docks, thus ensuring your peace of mind and comfort. Our technical service gives you the support you need, either for replacing a part, advising you if you have any questions or simply guaranteeing the good service and use of the loading dock.
In order to minimise deforming and ensure firmness throughout its useful life, Alapont Logistics folding lip levelers are equipped with 10 reinforcement beams that support the platform, providing them with greater strength and durability. In addition, in the area of the hinged lip , one of the areas exposed to the greatest wear, it incorporates reinforced steel hinges.
Despite using high quality materials in each and every one of our products, the prices we have for our loading docks are very competitive. You can contact us at any time and request your quote without any obligation.
About dock leveler
Dock levelers are intended to compensate for the gap between the docks and the loading bed of vehicles at different levels. They constitute the transit route between the transporting vehicle and the parts of the building where the merchandise is located. Alapont dock levelers are characterised by their strength and safety, and are designed to be used by people and manual (pallet trucks) or motorised equipment (forklifts) in even the most unfavourable working situations.
Maintenance, inspections and commissioning
In general, the regulatory framework regarding the obligation to perform maintenance on an item of work equipment is set forth in Royal Decree 1215/1997. In its Article 3.5 it stipulates that “the employer shall take the necessary measures to ensurethat, by means of proper maintenance, work equipment is kept during the entire time of its use in conditions such that they satisfy the provisions of the third paragraph of Section 1. Said maintenance shall be carried out taking into account the manufacturer’s instructions or, failing that, the characteristics of this equipment, its conditions of use and any other normal or exceptional circumstance that might influence its deterioration or poor adjustment”.
The maintenance of all the components of the loading and unloading docks must be carried out in accordance with each manufacturer’s Instruction Manual. In addition, Article 3.5 itself states that “any maintenance, repair or transformation operations that pose a specific risk for employees, may only be entrusted to personnel who have been specially trained for this purpose”.
You can find more relevant information about the maintenance of loading dock levelers, as well as the technical requirements for the access of external personnel for loading and unloading in storage facilities in the following article: maintenance of dock levelers.
Regarding the dock leveler’s CE marking, the following details must be displayed visibly and legibly:
Name and full address of the manufacturer and, where applicable, of its authorised representative.
– Name of the machine.
– Capacity of the levelling ramp.
– Serial or manufacture number.
– Year of manufacture, i.e. the year in which.the manufacturing process has been completed.
– Additionally for externally supplied levelling ramps, details of the required power requirements (voltage, frequency, power).
In terms of the signage, there should be an easily visible and permanently attached notice of “personal prohibition” in letters of a minimum height of 15 mm stating: “Do not position yourself under this levelling ramp unless it is mechanically blocked”.
CE marking on levelers for loading docks.
on the loading dock
During the process of loading and unloading there are countless risk factors of varying severity that can affect both the operators of the loading docks and the drivers of goods vehicles and transporters. Good planning, together with the help of the other safety components, can help us minimise the risks that occur at loading points . To do so, the loading dock must be properly designed taking into account several essential aspects that you can consult in the following table.
“Motorised levelling ramps must be automatically secured against any uncontrolled and dangerous descent when they support more than 25% of the payload, for example by means of a hydraulic valve installed directly on the lifting cylinder. The control panel must be located and designed so that the personnel who handle it can observe all the movements easily and be well away from any risk presented by the leveller and the vehicle. Control devices must be designed so that when they are disconnected, the leveller stops or descends by itself due to its own weight at a speed not exceeding 0.20 metres/s”. Standards UNE-EN 1398.