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Dock bumpers can help you safeguard your warehouse, your dock equipment and trailers. Every product that moves in and out of your warehouse or manufacturing plant flows through the dock, so it is important to preserve it and keep every bay in good shape.

Types of Dock Bumpers

Dock bumpers are generally positioned so that a truck or trailer strikes them first rather than your structure. This protects your building, your dock equipment and the truck or trailer that makes use of your dock.

There are numerous varieties of dock bumpers, and choosing an appropriate dock bumper can be an important decision, depending on the throughput of your loading dock. Adding dock bumpers that are too light can lead to an early demise, while installing dock bumpers that are excessively heavy duty will be ineffective and may in fact cause difficulties when securing trucks and trailers.

All docks are different, so the type of dock bumpers you select will be established by the average vehicle or trailer height, the approach, overall volume and many other factors. For facilities where trailers are expected to move up and down during loading activities, bumpers may be installed in either a vertical or horizontal orientation.

Molded Bumpers (Light Duty): Dock bumpers formed from molded rubber can supply defense for light duty loading docks. What’s more, they may be used inside a facility to defend walls, doorways and other building elements from lift trucks and other material handling equipment.

Molded rubber is can’t take as much abuse as other styles of dock bumpers and may chip or gouge over time. They may be a feasible option for your business if your loading dock doesn’t get a high volume of truck traffic.

Laminated Bumpers (Medium Duty): Laminated bumpers have more substantial pads than molded bumpers and afford superior shock absorption. They are constructed from cut-to-size strips of used truck tires that are mounted between steel plates.

These bumpers have a medium level of wear resistance and are adaptable in terms of thickness, length, and height. They are commonly applied in operations equipped with pit-style dock levelers or edge-of-dock levelers, since they offer prolonged protection for high volume docks.

Steel Faced Bumpers (Heavy Duty): Steel faced dock bumpers are designed with a movable section of steel that sheaths a conventional laminate bumper, stopping excessive wear and tear on the layered pads. The durable metal permits trailers to press against the bumpers without deteriorating the rubber. These bumpers afford exceptional wear resistance, and generally last much longer than exposed laminate bumpers.

When Should Dock Bumpers Be Replaced?

Although dock bumpers are meant to tolerate repeated impact, they do wear down after steady use and must be replaced periodically. There are a few key indicators that tell you that your dock bumpers should be replaced.

If the pads are worn by 50% or more, it's time for replacement. Worn pads do not provide enough impact absorption capacity to protect your dock. Heavily worn pads will ultimately wear down to the steel brackets that secure them, and this can cause avoidable damage to both trailers and brackets.

Apart from regular wear, you should inspect bumpers for further damage like splitting laminates, cracking, bent or rusting brackets and other clear deficiencies. You may want to schedule bumper inspections, just as you would regularly inspect your levelers and other loading dock equipment.

Truck Dock Bumpers Near Me

For dock bumper questions, inspection or replacement, talk to a loading dock equipment professional at Raymond West today.