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Cantilever Loading Dock Design
In a cantilever loading dock design, the foundation wall (dock face) projects past outside building wall. This design reduces the cost of dock bumper replacement in the future when it is time to replace the dock bumpers and also if properly design, it can prevent damage to the building wall, should a dock bumper fail.

Enclosed Loading Dock Design
United Parcel Service (UPS) uses the enclosed loading dock design for its delivery trucks. This design allows for, control against pilferage, efficacy and comfort, product and package protection and provides great traffic control. Also it allows easy use of overhead cranes for loading/unloading flatbed trucks. It is the most expensive loading dock design requiring greater initial investment and maintenance, as well as greater ventilation for adequate air-exchange, due to engine fumes.

Flush Loading Dock Design
A majority of loading docks today are flush loading docks. The construction of the outside building wall is flush with the concrete face of the loading dock; they both share the same foundation wall. When the building wall projects past the dock face, i.e. metal siding or other material, the dock bumper projection needs to extend that distance, plus the appropriate bumper projection, please refer to our dock bumper section for more information.

Open Loading Dock Design
United States Postal Service uses the open loading dock design for its delivery trucks with an overhead canopy covering the dock. Open loading docks cannot be heated or cooled and it provides little protection for materials, packages and employees. Due to its exposure to the weather floor drainage needs to be considered, also due to the height OSHA may require; edge markings, run-off protection and hand rails

Saw Tooth Loading Dock Design
Saw tooth loading dock designs are effective where dock apron space needs to be minimized. The staging area between docks is typically non-usable.

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Cantilever Loading Dock Design

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