Dock Board Selection Guide
Choosing the correct length, width and capacity of your loading dock equipment helps improve loading dock operations. The following guidelines will help determine the proper dock equipment.
To determine the proper length of dock board / dock plate, three items are required:
- Dock or Ramp height (D)
- Height of highest truck (T) (Note: most standard trailers are 55”, most refrigerated and container trailers are 59”)
- Type of loading equipment used
Dock Board, Plate or Ramp Length
Dock height (D) and Height of highest truck (T) will be used to calculate the Height Differential, which determines the length of the board. To determine the height differential, fill out the Height Differential chart. Use the Dock Plate and the Dock Board or Container Ramp Charts below to determine proper length.
Dock Board, Plate and Ramp Width
Bluff recommends a minimum product width of 12”- 18” wider than the overall width of the forklift or pallet used. For improved end loading efficiency, consider increasing board width. The diagram beside shows the extra room provided with increasing board width.
Dock Plate Dock Board or Container Ramp
Dock Board or Ramp Capacity
To determine the proper capacity for your board or ramp, determine the forklift capacity that will be using the board or ramp. Review the following chart to find the type of forklift and match that with the correct board or ramp capacity.
- Stackers and other narrow aisle loaders should not be used on a dock board.
- For Paper roll clamp and multi-shift loading add 5,000 pounds to the board capacity.
- Capacity rated for single-shift operation at a 3 mile per hour maximum rate of travel.
Dock Plate Capacity
- Capacity is equal to the heaviest load transported.
- To increase usability life increase capacity