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Traffic Doors

What is a Traffic Door?
A traffic door is a double acting door that provides a barrier between two areas. This "barrier" can be visual, thermal, or both. "Double Acting" means that the door swings in either direction. Traffic doors are designed to be opened by impact. The type of traffic and the function that the door is to serve will help you determine the product to be used.

Is there another name for a Traffic Door?
Yes, the most common names are: Impact Doors, Double Acting Doors, Bump Doors, Swinging Doors, Sheet Doors, Double Swinging Doors.

Why use a Traffic Door?
Traffic doors are an excellent choice for applications where a high volume of traffic exists and minimal infiltration is desired. Doors serve as a barrier. This barrier can be thermal, visual, sound, environmental, or secure.

How wide a load can go through the opening?
As a rule of thumb, the largest load that should pass through an opening is 70% of the total width.

Are there options for loads exceeding 70% of the opening width?
Yes, you can purchase a flexible traffic door, upgrade to a more durable door, provide swing limiting posts, or automate the door.

What is a "Teardrop Bumper"?
Teardrop bumpers act as a "shock absorber" and protect the door panel from impact by forklifts, pallet jacks, and carts.

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Loading Dock

Which applications require fully hydraulic rather than mechanical levelers?
Hydraulic dock levelers, although higher in initial cost, have proven to provide lower lifetime cost due to lower maintenance requirements. Added benefits of fully hydraulic dock levelers include smooth, quiet operation at the touch of a button and automatic return to cross traffic position. For operator convenience and years of trouble-free service, fully hydraulic dock levelers are suggested for all applications

Talking about capacity I have heard the terms STATIC, ROLLOVER, and DYNAMIC being used. Which rating should influence my leveler selection?
Static and rollover refer to the amount of weight that a dock leveler can safely support, either stacked on the deck or crossing over it, while in the stored position. Dynamic capacity refers to the total force of a rolling load that a dock leveler can safely support while in the extended or service position. This dynamic rating should be used when selecting your dock leveler, since it is the only method that considers true, live working conditions.

Are all dock levelers structurally alike?
Absolutely not. Even dock levelers with the same capacity rating vary greatly in design. The structural integrity of a dock leveler, like that of a bridge, is determined not by the top surface, but by the type of reinforcement underneath. The deck supports in general use today range from light gauge formed shapes to structural I beams. A rational comparison is crucial. Remember that a modern dock leveler has to be able to withstand the dynamic force of a fully loaded lift truck, constantly hitting it at up to 6 m.p.h. (10 k.p.h.), without the deck dishing. We use structural “C” channel as deck support on all of our pit levelers.

What do you mean by "dishing"?
Dishing is the term used to describe the condition where a dock leveler deck plate, that has inadequate structural support, has distorted. The deck has waves in it that are a clear sign that the steel is dangerously stretched and fatigued. Preventing dishing is the reason a dock leveler’s deck structure, particularly the type, number and placement of beams, is so important.

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