However, since we are on the subject, what if yard ramps didn’t exist? What benefits would be lost and how much more work would need to be done?
No Ground? No Access
Imagine your loading dock if it didn’t have access to the ground. Some of you may not have to imagine this, as it might already be the case. Your solutions for transferring shipments from the freight to the dock would become quite limited.
However, both stationary and mobile yard ramps provide your warehouse docks with the access from the ground that they need.
Permanent Dock is Unnecessary
Installing a permanent dock can not only be costly, but in some cases, unnecessary. Some businesses simply do not have the need for a permanent, concrete loading bay.
If yard ramps did not exist, one of your only options would be to construct a permanent concrete dock. Paying a large sum of money for something your company rarely uses, is an inefficient use of funds.
Lack of Mobility
One of the many benefits of a mobile yard ramp, is the fact that it is mobile. With a mobile yard ramp you can service multiple docks if you have them. The ramp can be moved from one location to the other based on where it is needed. You can also change where your loading/unloading functions take place, should a new location be required.
Without mobile yard ramps, your business would face the dilemma of having to choose a permanent location for your dock. At the time, this may not be a huge burden. However, if you business expands or the interior structure changes, you many need to add or adjust the docks at your facility. Adding additional docks or adjusting dock location both have large financial implications.
No Indoor/Outdoor Use
Yard ramps can also be used indoors and outdoors, whereas a permanent concrete ramp is typically constructed outdoors. The ability to use a yard ramp indoors or outdoors is perfect for businesses that have peak seasons.
A yard ramp is also beneficial because it helps save space for businesses that lack square footage. Yard ramps come in a variety of sizes, which is perfect to fit varying needs.
Similarly, permanent ramps can be sized based on the needs of the business. However, they cannot be replaced as efficiently as yard ramps. A permanent ramp would need to be demoed, then reconstructed according to new specs.
A permanent ramp will also permanently use up the space in which it was constructed. A yard ramp can be moved if the space is needed for other operations of the business.
So to recap and reiterate what we said before, we do not want to live in a world where yard ramps don’t exist. They provide efficient functionality and are more cost-effective for many businesses.
For more information about yard ramps, contact Medlin Ramps online or give us a call at 877-4-MEDLIN.