Let Freedom at the Loading Dock Ring!

As the July 4th fireworks fizzle out, the celebration of freedom continues in an unlikely place – the loading dock.  

Since the introduction of heavy-steel Dockzilla portable loading docks in 2011, countless U.S. manufacturers have seceded from the permanence of traditional loading docks.  By deploying Dockzilla’s intuitive forklift loading ramps, companies can build a loading dock, fix an existing dock, or add flexibility to their loading operations – without any concrete excavation, building permits, or significant downtime.  

To further achieve freedom from a concrete dock, Dockzilla engineers have designed a range of “stationary and mobile loading ramps” to tackle customer loading challenges.  

  • Adjustable Portable Loading Dock – handles rigorous loading volume and has the ability to adjust heights depending on incoming trailers

 

  • Mobile Loading Dock – is easily maneuvered into place by a forklift for the flexibility to load/unload anywhere on a property and then store the unit elsewhere

 

  • Wide Load Mobile Yard Ramp – features the widest loading deck available; a full 108” loading deck for easily navigating extremely wide loads and achieving 100% trailer capacity

 

  • Interior Loading Dock – creates a fully functional loading dock “inside” a building when space is limited outside a faciity

The only true portable loading dock design on the market, Dockzilla modular loading units are manufactured in the United States.  From stem to stern, and dock plate to loading deck, these units source premium safety and performance components from American businesses, such as:  bumpers in OH; cylinders in MI; pumps in CA; hoses in MN; dock levelers in SC; as well as nationwide sales and warranty support.

In addition, to minimize shipping costs by manufacturing closer to customers, Dockzilla is manufactured at two facilities in TX and MI.  We salute our customers and partners who work hard and enjoy the freedom provided by portable loading docks from sea to shining sea.  

No Two Loading Docks Alike: Dockzilla Tackles Any Scenario

The last thing you want to discover when moving into a new facility is that the loading docks are incompatible with your business needs.  Taking the time to test drive the loading docks at the facilities in consideration will save you time and money.  

Before you hit the docks, meet with your leadership team and warehouse/shipping management for key details:  

  1. Number of loading docks needed
  2. Typical trailers loaded/unloaded and their bed height/trailer width
  3. Special dock requirements – e.g., extra wide or extremely heavy loads

While no two loading docks are alike, the engineers at Dockzilla place existing loading docks in these categories:  

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elevated door with sloped approach

garage door at grade level 

 

Taking a few simple measurements can help you further evaluate the loading docks at any facility:  

  1. How tall are doors?  All freight has to enter and leave through a business’s loading door, making this a potential choke point in the case of the wrong solution.  
  2. How wide are the loading doors?  This will help determine what kind of forklift can be used and whether a specialty ramp is needed that can unload directly from a trailer.  
  3. What is the dock height from the ground outside?  If the height of the dock aligns with heights of your typical trailers, then you’re in good shape.  If not, there are portable loading docks with adjustable legs and other configurations that provide a sturdy and smooth transition between both trailer and facility.

Why this is important?  

Businesses that don’t address their loading dock discrepancies find they eventually pay for it in reduced productivity, such as:  

  1. More difficulty for forklifts to maneuver
  2. Manual loading/unloading is still necessary for trailers that are higher or lower than dock height
  3. More time spent re-positioning a trailer

Strengthening and improving operations at a facility can be a resource intensive initiative. That’s why Dockzilla heavy-steel loading ramps take the guess work out of planning, evaluation, and configuration.  Our engineers will deliver a portable loading dock, ramp, or platform that best fits your loading needs and makes the transition into a new facility well worth the move.  

How Your Business Can Save a Truckload at the Loading Dock

When shipping/receiving challenges pose a threat to the bottom line, the costs and downtime associated with new loading dock construction can send businesses into the fetal position. To lighten this load, it’s important to remember that not all loading dock designs are set in stone. In fact, the decisions you make now to improve loading operations can have major implications in the future, when your lease ends or you move to another facility.

One of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is what type of material to use. We’re all familiar with concrete loading docks, a permanent dock design which is the most ubiquitous style on the market. However; heavy-steel loading docks are delivering a more flexible solution that combines the integrity and DNA of a concrete loading dock into a portable loading unit that can be relocated to other facilities.

While there’s the obvious savings of more than $25,000-$50,000 by avoiding concrete installation, heavy-steel loading docks from Dockzilla offer significant return on investment over the course of the long haul. Here’s how to reap a truckload of savings:

Downtime  –  Several months may be required to secure a site plan, zoning assessments, and construction permits for the installation of permanent docks. Heavy-steel portable docks report for duty within 6-8 weeks. 

Environmental Concerns  –  When installing a permanent loading dock, environmental factors can deter construction, such as requirements for disposal of hazardous materials, nearby wetlands, or storm sewers needed. Available in a variety of stationary and mobile models, heavy-steel loading docks can accommodate any of these issues.

Contractors and Architects  –  A concrete loading dock will likely require input from architects, contracts, and city engineers that can rack up professional fees. Dockzilla engineers offer complimentary consultation and design services to deliver the portable loading dock option that’s best for your business.

Depreciation  –  One of the most overlooked ways to save on loading docks is depreciation. Permanent loading docks are considered a “building improvement” expense and depreciate over the course of 30-50 years; while portable loading docks are an “equipment expense,” which depreciates in just 7-10 years. Work with your finance or purchasing department to determine the scenario that would work best over time.

Reclamation  –  Many facility leases have a reclamation clause, which may require tenants to return the building to its original condition when the lease ends. If a business built a concrete loading dock, they would need to invest in costly demolition and site clean up. Heavy-steel loading docks are portable, which means they can be easily relocated to another facility, or sold to an incoming tenant, eliminating unnecessary reclamation costs.

The Struggle is Real: The Smartest Way to Access Trailers with a Forklift

In situations where there is no dedicated dock entrance, getting freight loaded and unloaded can became a real drag on time and resources. Obtaining forklift access into trailers can significantly improve loading/unloading productivity – up to 80% faster than loading/unloading by hand.

Getting forklifts into trailers is waaaayyyyyy easier than it sounds (see photo). In fact, Dockzilla Mobile Loading Ramps and Docks can be easily wheeled up to the trailer – anytime, anywhere. They allow for quick optimization of every job for forklift ramp accessibility. These heavy steel, yet easily maneuverable mobile forklift ramps provide immediate, safe trailer access. These features allow your team to turn a loading hassle into a turn-key loading operation.

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Loading a trailer with a forklift does not have to be this hard.

 

For growing businesses in search of larger facilities or warehouses to accommodate their needs, Dockzilla products are ideal solutions. Here are some of the most common loading scenarios that are outsmarted with Dockzilla mobile dock ramp solution:

Dockzilla loading ramps are ideal for use with forklifts and trailers.

  • Many facilities provide ideal office environments inside, yet offer inadequate docking space outside which can bottleneck your bottomline. Mobile loading docks and ramps allow you to make the most of the space available. First, a truck enters the loading area and maneuvers into position. Then, a forklift can move the flexible mobile ramp into position for unloading.
  • Getting heavy forklift loads up a ramp can require extreme finesse. Dockzilla mobile loading docks and ramps give forklift operators a better experience with tall safety sidecurbs, and handrails that exceed OSHA requirement for concrete ramp structures (1910.23(c)(1) and (c)(2)) and make it easier to navigate when you can’t see over the top of a load.
  • When loading directly from the ground into a trailer, there is often the concern that a ramp might become detached from the trailer during loading operation. Dockzilla ramps mitigate against this possibility with emergency fall protection designs featuring self-standing front legs (mobile dock) or a patented “hydraulic leg system” (mobile ramp) and wheel chocks that ensure a steadfast loading experience. This means that, even when using it as a forklift ramp, you have maximum stability.

For any business, loading efficiency is vital to success, and loading/unloading should not be a daily Tetris match. With Dockzilla mobile loading ramps, simply prep the ramp to move, enlist your forklift, and quickly pivot to a new location. Finally, This will free up valuable time and resources, so you can focus on running your business.

5 Sticky Situations You Can Avoid With Dockzilla®

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Although it may not be the first thing that comes to mind when evaluating your company’s efficiency and savings, your loading dock is the gateway to your bottom line. Here are five real-life situations in which a Dockzilla portable loading dock solution shines.

1.  When your department is one day away from a pizza party to celebrate workplace safety, someone falls off the yard ramp your boss ordered from a catalog.

Dockzilla exceeds industry standards with safety guard rails to protect employees from unnecessary tumbles, and your business from dropping the safety incentive pizza pie. Unlike commodity ramps, Dockzilla portable loading docks protect your assets and your crew with OSHA and IBC safety features required on conventional concrete docks, delivered standard with wheel chocks, safety chains, and tall side curbs.

2.  It’s crunch time and orders are stacking up, but an employee is injured unloading a trailer by hand, which means your priorities have shifted to incident documentation.

Dockzilla uses the power of the forklift to reduce awkward motions and operator errors that can put employees at risk. Dockzilla designs include no manual pumping to adjust the ramp, double-tine forklift raising, automatic wheel placement, and more to ensure reduced costs from employee injury claims and time spent on medical leave.

3.  Your current facility is bursting at the seams and your boss assigns you to handle the dreaded company move. After countless hours of wading through logistics, you tour the perfect facility…then you venture out to the loading dock.

Dockzilla portable loading docks and forklift ramps are ideal for companies who need the power of a loading dock in a unit that can report for duty in six to eight weeks. Further impressing your boss, these heavy-steel docks perform like a concrete dock, yet can be relocated or sold when the lease expires. Dockzilla Docks also won’t cost you downtime due to permits needed for permanent dock construction, or architect fees for specialized design due to environmental restrictions. Just order, position, and use year-round.

4.  Your plated trays for this afternoon’s wedding are on wheel racks in the kitchen, but your refrigerated catering truck is outside. You’ve got mere minutes before food safety regulations gobble up the profit from your first big gig.

Dockzilla is all the muscle you need to ensure those mussels end up safely on the bride’s plate, and not in your parking lot. To prep for this scenario and ongoing business success, Dockzilla parcel dock ramps can be customized to your truck’s bed height. You’ll save manpower and redundancy with the ability to wheel your racks right into the truck. When your business expands from one location to five locations, you can re-assign these relocatable ramps to another location if needed.

5.  Your biggest restaurant account has decided to pick up their beer keg order today. Meanwhile, your team is already loading another truck and the driver is on a lunch break.

Relax, you won’t have to learn how to drive a semi via Google. Hopefully you’ve snagged a Dockzilla mobile yard ramp so you can tap a different dock door for outgoing delivery. Just move Dockzilla into position and get those kegs ready for transport. Dockzilla offers several mobile dock models that can be easily positioned by a forklift to provide split-second flexibility and to ensure your loading operation flows smoothly.

May the 4th be with you!

As emperor of the Galactic Empire, you would think Darth Sidious would have a more disconcerting eye for workplace safety and possible OSHA reportable situations. Here we see his loading ramp is quite steep and – unlike a Dockzilla ramp – has no safety handrails.

 

When operating a motorized work vehicle like an AT-ST, it’s important to have a clean, smooth surface. This operator clearly did not have a reliable Dockzilla portable dock ramp or else he would have made it to the base safely. The high-traction serrated surface surely would have prevented slippage. That’s a lot of paperwork and repair time for one unit!

 

It’s hard to watch Han Solo struggling with a classic case of slow ramp deployment. If he had a Dockzilla, he would have been able to load and unload faster and he’d have even received his unit within 6-8 weeks. He would have surely been off Tatooine before Jabba called the imperials. Also, the high-weld steel construction would have blocked quite a few more of those laser beams!

 

Sometimes you have to get a loading job done in a hurry regardless of the weather conditions. The rebels could have been 80% more efficient if they had used a Dockzilla loading ramp. Dockzilla’s dock houses would have been perfect on a planet like Hoth, where snow can make loading conditions unbearable. Lastly, those large, oversized bacta tanks would have been much easier to get onto their ships with a Dockzilla oversized ramp.

 

In a slippery environment, the last thing anyone wants is to lose traction and risk a dangerous fall. In this pertinent situation, a Dockzilla would have reduced the risk of sliding – it would have kept Jango Fett from having to jump from platform to platform. With a highly mobile and adjustable Dockzilla loading ramp, Jango could have just re-positioned the ramp from station to station without risking a workplace injury.

 

Moving a whole invasion force of robots to Naboo is a BIG job. How do you unload thousands of mechanical units quickly? A Dockzilla mobile loading dock would have provided the quickest of loading solutions. From the grassland of Naboo to the royal palace, a heavy-steel portable dock ramp can be deployed quickly in each unique situation, and then relocated to the next skirmish.

 

In the latest films we see future padawan Rey digging through Jakku’s galactic junk yards and rubble to find salvageable material to fund her startup (to leave the planet). She may never have weighed her loading dock options; although as we can see here, she had to carry everything by hand. A Dockzilla loading ramp would have provided a better option to load her wares because, rather than selling it to the scrap dealer for pennies on the dollar, she would have been able to sell her lightly used Dockzilla unit to the highest bidder. With this recouped cash, she would not have had to wait for Finn and Poe to continue her mission.

Dock Ladders from Leum Engineering Give Loading Areas a Leg Up

With all of the fancy loading dock equipment on the market, one simple addition can increase safety and help productivity climb.  Dock-mounted ship’s ladders from Leum Engineering are designed to occupy less space than traditional staircases by adhering to the wall of a loading dock.  Needing just a few extra minutes, a drill, and four bolts to install, these durable stairs provide convenient and sturdy personnel access to any loading dock.

With each step made of steel grating to provide slip protection from frost, rain, and other elements, these dock ladders provide a sensible, affordable solution to potential falls.  Because they are suspended, there is no need to consistently sweep or shovel off the bottom step that would otherwise be positioned on the ground.

Painted safety yellow for visibility, these dock ladders feature 24”wide offset treads and 36”high dual handrails that provide safety per OSHA requirements.  Similar stairs and handrails are standard safety features on our Dockzilla®Portable Loading Docks.

Dock Ladder Leum Engineering

This dock ladder was recently added to a traditional loading dock for safer personnel access without taking up the valuable space required for a typical staircase.

Meet the New Rail Yard Monster

As many companies tap intermodal transportation to stretch  shipping budgets, Dockzilla® Rail is improving boxcar unloading that takes place at rail sidings, outside of manufacturing facilities. These yard ramps are designed to help forklifts handle extremely heavy freight, which is then transferred to trucks for the next leg of the journey.

Like its predecessor, Dockzilla Portable Loading Docks, Dockzilla Rail is a workhorse built to withstand the daily rigors of the work site thanks to built-in self-supporting legs, wheel chocks, and safety chains. This unit can be relocated to a new job or facility, making it a more versatile investment for logistics and purchasing management.

Realizing the sharp turns and impact forces involved, these mobile rail yard ramps are engineered to improve forklift driver ergonomics and reduce costly damage to forklift tires.

Dockzilla Rail features:

• A unique design to accommodate the wider side access of boxcars
• A higher capacity fixed lip enabling forklift drivers to safely traverse the ramp with extremely heavy freight loads
• Recessed side curbs and a three-sided lip chamfer to enhance forklift ergonomics and reduce damage to forklift tires

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Dockzilla Rail Dock mobile yard safety, Leum Engineering

INDUSTRY MEDIA RAMP UP EXCITEMENT FOR DOCKZILLA® FAMILY OF MOBILE LOADING DOCK PRODUCTS

This just in:  industry movers and shakers – representing vending, refrigeration, agriculture, construction, trucking, safety, logistics, manufacturing, material handling, and more – are buzzing about the Dockzilla® family of mobile yard ramps and portable loading docks.  Editors at major trade publications are giving this alternative to loading dock construction some impressive ink both online and in the pages of their industrial bibles, such as:

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With applications that improve loading dock safety and productivity for most industries, Dockzilla mobile yard ramps, impactable yard ramps, portable loading docks, dock to ground ramps, self-standing platforms, and cross-docks are hard at work for organizations ranging from American Red Cross disaster services to Land O’Lakes refrigerated shipments.  Check out other news coverage from Food Logistics, Breakbulk, Material Handling Wholesaler, World Trade 100, etc…Stay tuned!

CRAFT BREWING BUSINESS TOASTS LAUNCH OF DOCKZILLA® MOBILE YARD RAMPS AND PORTABLE LOADING DOCKS

It turns out we’re not the only ones excited about Leum Engineering’s official launch of the Dockzilla® family of mobile yard ramps and portable loading docks.  Craft Brewing Business – who knows a thing or two about the colossal task of loading and distributing beer via trucks, railcars, and intermodal shipments – raised a glass to our products, with a nice shout out:

Behold Dockzilla! A monstrous mobile yard ramp for your brewery:  Good distribution starts in the docking bay. To help move your increasingly popular craft beer from packaging plant to delivery trucks, might we suggest the awesomely named Dockzilla loading ramp?”   Read more:  http://www.craftbrewingbusiness.com/equipment-systems/behold-dockzilla-monstrous-mobile-yard-ramp-brewery/

As the craft beer business continues to grow, adding Dockzilla portable loading dock solutions can help breweries add shipping capacity to load 53 ft. trailers safely and efficiently without the investment in permanent brewery loading dock construction.  Dockzilla loading docks are robust units and can be relocated to other projects or facilities as needed, making it easier to roll out the barrel.

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