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Old 07-28-2010, 08:23 PM
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PR,

I am going to ask some simple questions. Not to be construed as rude, just so I may understand.

#1 you have a dock plate now?

#2 You will be ok with the dock plate staying in position once the truck is gone?

#3 You want the dock door to close on top of it?

Ok if I am correct so far lets try this.

Position the dock plate on the outside of the door if your concrete extends out beyond the door enough.

Install a couple of holes in the dock plate to act as a hinge to hold in place.

Build a support stand under the dock plate somewhere in the free space under the plate in the 41 inches not in use. Make sure to get the jack or cylinder first.

Go to Harbor freight and get one of those air powered bottle jacks to raise the plate up to keep it out of the way so the trucks can back in.

If you want the dock plate to stay up, I would suggest putting some kind of support off to the side with a pin to hold it in place. This way it will be ready to receive trucks when they come in.

If this is completely off base please laugh so I may hear you and join in.

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Old 07-28-2010, 09:24 PM
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Some ideas?

http://www.mcmaster.com/#dock-plates/=85xqvp
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:11 PM
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Here's a really crude picture of what I would do.

I'd make a ramp/bridge section that sits on top of the dock and is hinged just far enough back from the edge that it only folds down to level, or slightly below.
I would support it with swing out arms that are mounted vertically on the face of loading dock. Hinge them so that they rotate back and sit flat against the face of the dock between the bumpers. This will let you transmit a large part of the load back into the face of the dock or down onto the ground. Obviously there would be some clearance issues with the swing out arms and the loading gate on the truck, but you should be able to make it wide enough for the truck to sit between them or adjust your stick out and angles accordingly.
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:20 PM
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Default Forktruck dock plate

Hey what if you change the lift gate to a freight type gate they tuck under and are dock ready all the time. spend money here or there whats the differents. Than the truck could dock anywhere.

Just my .02 Hope you get a answer!
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Old 07-28-2010, 10:21 PM
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Do you remember the draw bridges across the moat in the old movies about castles and dragons?
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:16 AM
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I found this, it may be what you're looking for, available in 6 and 7 foot widths with lengths of 5 to 8 feet.

http://kelley.4frontes.com/Products/...elers/dv1.aspx
This is what i am thinking about building.

Lets see if I can make this a little clearer. The warehouse was just built with pits installed to use something like these pictures. Something changed (I don't know what) and now we have been asked to start in the pit and reach to the truck. Adjust to different height trucks and fold out of the way so that the door can be closed. Easy enough right?

I just cant figure out how to build the lift mechanism like the one above monkey proof. That is the problem.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:19 AM
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We need pictures of the pit
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:23 AM
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Do you remember the draw bridges across the moat in the old movies about castles and dragons?

May be going this way. An upright on one side with a winch to pull it up and lower it.

Also thought about inside the pit box a hydraulic cylinder to push the ramp up and out of the door but that would mean an electric over hydraulic pump and a tank for the fluid on each one of these units. Also more maintenance.

Also thought about inside the pit an electric motor and gears to lift the ramp up.

I don't know. I just cant get my head wrapped around what I think is the best way and go with it.
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Old 07-29-2010, 09:24 AM
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PR,

I am going to ask some simple questions. Not to be construed as rude, just so I may understand.

#1 you have a dock plate now?

#2 You will be ok with the dock plate staying in position once the truck is gone?

#3 You want the dock door to close on top of it?

Ok if I am correct so far lets try this.

Position the dock plate on the outside of the door if your concrete extends out beyond the door enough.

Install a couple of holes in the dock plate to act as a hinge to hold in place.

Build a support stand under the dock plate somewhere in the free space under the plate in the 41 inches not in use. Make sure to get the jack or cylinder first.

Go to Harbor freight and get one of those air powered bottle jacks to raise the plate up to keep it out of the way so the trucks can back in.

If you want the dock plate to stay up, I would suggest putting some kind of support off to the side with a pin to hold it in place. This way it will be ready to receive trucks when they come in.

If this is completely off base please laugh so I may hear you and join in.

Scott
Nothing rude about any of this. I have not been very clear.

I will try to get pictures and see if that clears it up.
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Old 07-29-2010, 11:15 AM
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Make it easy to do maintenance on . Items in pits are a PIA for the mechanic.
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