Loading Ramps: Fixed and Folding

Loading ramps are essential devices to enable the safe and easy loading and unloading of goods from vehicles or different levels. There are two main types of loading ramps: folding and fixed.

Folding loading ramps are characterized by their ability to be folded to reduce size and facilitate transport and storage. This makes them ideal for situations where space is limited or when they need to be transported from one place to another. Folding loading ramps are usually made of aluminum or steel, lightweight yet robust materials that provide the necessary strength to support the weight of goods and vehicles.

On the other hand, fixed loading ramps are designed for permanent or long-term installation. They are usually welded or anchored to the ground or structure and cannot be folded or moved. Fixed loading ramps are commonly used in places such as warehouses, loading docks, or loading platforms where a stable and reliable solution for the movement of goods is required. Both folding and fixed loading ramps offer unique advantages depending on specific needs, enabling safe and efficient loading and unloading in various situations.

How to Calculate the Length of the Ramp

For loading and unloading equipment and machinery from transport vehicles, ramps are the best solution. However, it is crucial to calculate their length correctly because if they are too short, they may be too steep, making their use difficult or dangerous.

The recommended maximum slope is 30% (16.5°).

To understand how to choose a ramp, you only need to know the height at which the platform of your transport vehicle is located.

Loading and unloading ramps: How to choose length

Let's say we are using a van with a platform height of 90cm (0.9m) from the ground.
The calculation to be done is: the height of the platform in meters divided by the recommended maximum slope percentage, times 100.

0.9 / 30 x 100 = 3 meters (recommended length for the ramp).

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