Houston’s number one, premier industrial door providers and installers, Industrial Door Systems have been keeping the wonderful people of Houston, TX, satisfied for more than two decades, and we don’t plan on stopping! Our reliable, professional and affordable service is what our customers have grown to know and love, and we take immense pride in continuing to supply our valued clientele with industrial door systems that can be counted on to last them for years to come.
What is a bumper dock?
Dock bumpers are essential for the protection of a dock, any associated buildings, trailers and employees. The impact force of a backing truck ranges from 100,000 to 3,000 lbs, and it’s not hard to imagine how this could cause significant damage not only to the structure of the building and the truck itself, but to any innocent bystanders.
Install sufficient, highly durable dock bumpers though, and you could help to protect your building, equipment and employees/customers/ from serious damage and injury. Designed to absorb roughly 80% of the impact force that a trailer compresses against a dock, they provide you with economical and practical protection.
What are the different elements of dock bumpers?
There are two main types of dock bumpers, and these are molded rubber dock bumpers, and laminated dock bumpers. The former is designed for low-traffic dock applications, while the latter affords more heavy-duty, industrial protection.
Sometimes, steel face plates are added for high-frequency and heavy impact applications, too.
Molded dock bumpers are made from fiber reinforced prime rubber with nylon, while laminated dock bumpers are made from rubber that has been sandwiched together with heavy-duty structural steel angles, and then connected with steel tie rods.
- The thickness of a dock bumper
It’s recommended that the thickness of a dock bumper be at least 4 – 4.5 inches in order to effectively protect the dock from the full impact of a backing trailer. With a 5.5 – 6-inch-thick bumper, greater impact absorption is created for moderate to heavy traffic applications.
When it comes to dock bumpers, it’s true to say that bigger is usually better, but be careful that you don’t reduce the loading dock levelers lip projection onto the bed of the trailer should you increase the bumper projection beyond recommended standards.
- The height of a dock bumper
Ensure that the vertical height of the dock bumper can accommodate the maximum and minimum height of the trailer when the suspension system’s air is released, if your dock services air-ride trailers. Most molded dock bumpers are available in a variety of widths and heights.
- Dock bumper mounting
Laminated dock bumpers have between 4 and 6 mounting holes to help secure the bumper tightly to the dock, and come with 5/8-inch x 5-inch anchor bolts.
Our dock bumpers:
Offering you a range of highly durable dock equipment to handle all your warehouse needs, our bumper docks are perfect for use when there is heavy dock traffic, and not only help prevent damage and injury, but ensure the smooth and efficient running of your dock on a daily basis.
At Industrial Door Systems, we are proud to be leading rubber dock disributers, and have several styles of bumpers available:
- Standard dock bumpers
Able to be placed in a number of different positions, these rubber docks are adjustable and typically have a lifespan of more than 4 times that of standard dock bumpers.
- Extra-length loading dock bumpers
These laminated dock bumpers come in extra lengths and are ideal for loading docks with installed dock seals, or where temperature control is required. The loading dock bumper and the dock seal work together to make a complete seal from the truck to the dock.
- Extra-thick loading dock bumpers
If you require stand-out distance from dock seals due to steel ramps, canopied docks or overhangs, then these extra-thick loading dock bumpers are ideal.
- Steel-face dock bumpers
If abrasions are noticed from the motion of the trailer moving up and down, or any material requires extra protection, these bumpers offer great protection against friction.
- Dura-soft dock bumpers
With their unique ‘loop’ design on the bumper pads, these offer the very best protection.
- Molded loading dock bumpers
If used in a low traffic truck door, these heavy-duty molded bumpers give excellent protection.
When purchased from, and installed by Industrial Door Systems, our dock bumpers will stand up to years of impact, general wear and tear, and a multitude of weather conditions, to give you fantastic protection for even the busiest of loading docks.
If you would like to know more about our range of bumper docks, or any of the high-quality products and solutions available for purchase and installation today, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can call us and chat to a friendly but knowledgeable member of our team, or if time is not on your side, simply fill in our online inquiry form and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
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We aim to always provide our valued customers with a service they can rely upon, no matter the size of the task or how urgently a product is required, and you can reach out to us for help whenever you need us. Without you, our customers, Industrial Door Systems simply wouldn’t be the successful and innovative company that it is today, and we value you just as much as we value our business. Passionate about our work, and extremely knowledgeable within our field, we believe the service we provide is unsurpassed, and we perform every task with integrity and vigor.
Using only the highest quality materials, and with all team members undergoing frequent skills and knowledge assessments, we are constantly doing everything within our power to remain the company of choice for our existing, loyal customers, and are routinely excited and keen to begin serving more new customers than ever before.
So, for all your dock and door needs (and so much more!), make us your company of choice and we promise you won’t be disappointed.
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