What is the function you have for your shipping container? Perhaps you’re still using it for transporting cargo or you’ve customised it into the ideal home or office space. Whatever the application, chances are you need to load or unload items from time to time. Carrying heavy boxes, furniture or machinery in and out of a container is cumbersome and even dangerous. Rather opt for the easy, safe way with a portable ramp which will help by minimising accidents and making your loading tasks easier.
Where can ramps be beneficial?
Containers are widely used as storage; and even in office or housing setups heavy items are carried in and out. Due to its design there’s a lip which needs to be navigated before entering—or exiting—the container. It’s very easy to lose one’s footing here or trip over it. It’s also quite cumbersome to carry items in and out especially if they’re heavy. A much wiser option is to place them on a trolley or forklift and wheel them around. For these options you need a ramp.
Ramps are specially designed to fit securely onto your container’s opening so they create a smooth surface to wheel items in and out. It’s imperative that you plan the placing of your container in order for a ramp to work dynamically. A flat surface in front of the container is required to give the ramp a firm foundation and to help it fit smoothly and securely to the container’s front lip. Ramps are made for use with standard sized containers with 8-inch high lips at the entrance.
Benefits of ramps
Minimising accidents: While ramps offer easy and smooth loading options, they are made to prevent slipping and for minimising accidents. Ramps have no-slip epoxy grit coatings to offer traction. So you can stay in control while pushing or pulling trolleys and merchandise.
Easier access: High pedestrian traffic created by staff loading and unloading your container will have an easier way of moving items about. Instead of worrying about tripping over the container’s lip, staff can simply move along the ramp.
Safety: You may try using your own makeshift ramp and wooden ramps are a popular option. However, you need to take into consideration whether this ramp can take the strain of high pedestrian traffic and heavy cargo. A self-made ramp may not be able to carry the strain of items constantly being wheeled in out and in again. Well designed aluminium ramps are more portable than a hefty wooden structure and will do its job without breaking.
Customised options: Customised ramps are made specifically for the task at hand. Simply look for the type you need. You can even order one of the width you need. An example of a standard type is a ramp which is the size and strength for use with pallet jacks.
Types of ramps
Standard sizes: Ramps are usually applied for having merchandise wheeled in out and in on a forklift or trolley. Manufacturers have standard sizes so you’ll find standard ramp sizes that can carry either a maximum of 6000kg or 10000kg.
Customised: Ramp manufacturers do cater for unique setups. This means you can be located anywhere and have a unique use for your container and still order a portable ramp of a practical size that fits your requirements.
Ramp only: Your motivation for acquiring a ramp may be high pedestrian traffic going in and out of your container. By minimising accidents and making their movement easier, your business can function more efficiently.
Ramp and platform: When using trolleys or forklifts you may not want them entering the container at an angle which a ramp creates. A Platform of 1,85m long between the ramp and the container’s lip creates a level surface for forklifts so you don’t have to be concerned about angled boxes hitting the top of the container.
Easy enough for one person
You would think a ramp that is sturdy enough to carry forklifts and high pedestrian traffic needs a forklift or many hands to put it in place. The good news is many ramps are made from aluminium which is strong but also relatively light. This makes them extremely portable and allows you to even carry it by yourself. If you’re pressed for time to unload merchandise urgently you don’t even have to wait for assistance. By quickly putting a ramp in place and wheeling or driving items out of the container, you can have the work done in no time.