If you are a manufacturer of a product that needs to be shipped to a different location, or a company that delivers spare parts to make a product, then you must know there are numerous steps involved in shipping the goods from one place to the other. Loading dock is one of the intermediate points.

What is a Loading Dock?

Also known as the loading bay, the loading dock is where loading and unloading of products is done. These are most commonly found in commercial and industrial buildings, warehouses and manufacturing plants for convenient movement of goods. They play an important role in maintaining output for manufacturing facilities. Let us take a look at some of the different types of loading docks currently in use.

Saw Tooth Loading Docks

As the name suggests, this loading dock has a saw tooth design involving angled spaces lining up against one another.  It is easier for trucks to back into them. Extra building space is required for the design, but the truck can leave the dock with fewer movements, instead of going back and forth until they get onto the road.

Flush Loading Docks

This is the most common type of loading dock used for operation. It has a foundation, known as the face of the dock, is flush with the exterior of the building, and is shared same as the wall. In order to prevent the wall damage with the wall projecting past the foundation, dock bumpers are positioned a few inches away.

Enclosed Loading Docks

In order to make sure the truck can access a covered area or a building during loading or unloading, the dock has an enclosed design. It’s not quite common to see this type of dock being used. Coverage is important when the products require security, extra protection and climate control or needs overhead lifting. Using this type of dock can lead to generation of truck exhaust, and one should have a ventilation system in their facility to remove that.

Cantilever Loading Docks

In case of a cantilever loading deck, the design of the dock face or the foundation wall is extended out past the external building wall. This type of setting can avoid damage to dock equipment, trailers, trucks and building walls in the event of a bumper failure.

Open Loading Docks

The design may or may not be covering the entire loading area, in an open dock setting. It does not offer any protection for people or cargo, neither it can be cooled or heated, as they are exposed to climate, like heavy showers or scorching heat.

No matter the kind of loading dock you have in your production facility, staying abreast with regular repairs and maintenance can guarantee fewer delays and proper functioning with loading and unloading. At Weathercraft, we know the importance of quality, when it comes to the installation of a loading dock canopy. With affordable pricing and extensive warranties, we are able to fit budgets of a wide spectrum.