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Which Dock Bumper Should Be Installed On My Loading Dock?

Posted by Loading Dock Expert on Dec 20, 2021 11:54:03 PM

The main purposes of dock bumpers are to protect against impact damage of the truck bed when loading or unloading, to protect against up and down movement of the truck bed during loading/unloading, and to protect the dock and the vehicle from the impact of trailers being reversed loading or unloading in the dock

Loading dock bumpers absorb up to 90/95% of the impact of a backing truck striking with the dock.

Rubber dock bumpers with dock leveler, dock door and dock seal in NJ NYC area
As bumpers limit how close the truck is parked to the dock, they affect the dock leveler lip, the dock shelter protections, or the dock seal.

At Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC, we have a range of dock bumpers patented with materials to provide a much-improved performance. 

The standard bumpers are 4 inches thick, but laminated dock bumpers are also available in 6 inches. Thicker dock bumpers may be required for recessed docks or special applications.

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Types of Dock Bumpers

1. Molded Bumpers (Also Known as Rubber Bumpers)

Rubber dock bumpers (molded bumpers) are suitable for:

Light traffic applications, where damage to walls or equipment could be an issue
✓ Interior walls from potential damage caused by forklifts or any other material handling equipment

As molded dock bumpers will not warp, harden, or rust, they are maintenance-free.

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2. Laminated Bumpers

Laminated bumpers are suitable for:

Low and medium traffic applications. These can guard against damage to buildings, loading docks, and cargo during loading/unloading vehicles and they are long-lasting (years).

The laminated dock bumpers are the industry standard and are well suitable for most applications absorbing impact forces up to 80%. They are available in 4” or 6” and moreover, with lengths up to 36” long, although extra-length dock bumpers and extra-thick dock bumpers will also be available if you request some.

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3. Steel Face Dock Bumpers

Steel-face dock bumpers are suitable for:

Heavy-duty applications (high-frequency use), and where jockey trucks are used for truck positioning.
✓ Protecting against either the biting out of the rubber or the unusual wear. 

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Not sure which dock bumper will work best for your loading dock? Talk to our experts. We also offer dock bumper repairs and replacements. 

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Schedule a service for your commercial overhead door and/or your loading dock equipment. Our team is ready to support you with your commercial and industrial needs. 

For more information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at


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We sell, install, repair, and maintain commercial doors, industrial doors, commercial door operators, and loading dock equipment.

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Areas we service Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Union, Essex, Morris, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset county/counties), Manhattan, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, and Rockland.

Vertical Dock Levelers (Ideal for Cold Storage Facilities)

Posted by Loading Dock Expert on Jul 6, 2021 4:21:00 PM

A vertical dock leveler is a perfect solution for facilities that must maintain strict temperature control. As these dock levelers are stored in the vertical position inside the building, the overhead doors can close completely to the pit floor, preventing energy loss, debris entry, and improved security while maintaining a clean, energy-efficient environment.

In this article you will learn specifically about Vertical Storing Dock Leveler

- Main Benefits
- How They Work
- Design Features
- Finish Options
- Available Upgrade 

Vertical Dock Levelers for Cold Storage Facilities by Blue GiantVertical Dock Leveler

Benefits of Installing a Vertical Dock Leveler:

✓ Vertical storing dock levelers are more energy efficient because when they are in the stored position with the overhead door closed the chance of energy loss is minimized. Dock seals help reduce energy loss but cannot eliminate the gaps that surround the platform of conventional pit levelers, this concern is eliminated by choosing vertical storing dock levelers, helping maintain the environmental control of the facility.

✓ These reduce the risk of vermin entry which is very important in any food industry.

✓ Easily wash down and sanitize the pit floor to ensure the highest level of cleanliness.

✓ Powder coat finish will not rust or corrode, keeping the facility cleaner, longer.

→ Application Benefits for Cold Storage Facilities:

✓ Maintain cold chain integrity during the loading and unloading process.
✓ Avoid exposure to the outside atmosphere while preserving climate control inside the facility.
✓ Eliminate internal temperature fluctuations.
✓ Ensure product quality from the arrival of raw materials to the shipping of finished goods.

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How Vertical Storing Dock Levelers Work:

Vertical Dock Levelers for Cold Storage Facilities by Blue Giant 1

Vertically stored over-center, allowing the overhead door
to remain closed, providing a tight seal.

Vertical Dock Levelers for Cold Storage Facilities by Blue Giant 2

Trailer doors can remain closed and the truck driver does not
need to get out of the cab.

Vertical Dock Levelers for Cold Storage Facilities by Blue Giant 3

Dock attendant opens the trailer doors inside of the
building and lowers the leveler into position.

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The loading and unloading process takes place like a
standard pit-mounted leveler.

Video: Blue Giant Vertical Dock Leveler in Action

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Design Features:

✓ Load Usage: Up to 33,000 lb. (15,000 kg)
✓  Load Class: Heavy-Duty, Extreme-Duty

1. Reliability:

- Unique deck hinge design supports a smooth transition bridge between the dock and truck bed.
- Precision-based inclinometer to detect and communicate deck position.
- Enhanced protective cushioning safeguards the deck cylinder while the deck is being parked. Minimizing wear and tear to the facility floor.
- Sensor technology allows the lip to maintain constant contact with the truck bed.
- Deck will flex up to 4" (102 mm) when under load, to ensure full-width contact between the lip and the truck bed.

2. Performance & Efficiency

- EasyClean™ provides a streamlined frame layout with minimal obstructions, allowing for easier cleaning and maintenance.
- Double-acting hydraulic cylinders with full power control for deck and lip operations.
- NEMA4X control station for wash down sanitation, while maintaining full control.
- Maximize unit versatility with double-acting lip control for end-loading applications.

3. Quality:

- 8-10 enhanced J-beam channels are robotically welded to the underside of the deck at dynamic impact points to prevent distortion and extend the lifetime of the dock leveler.
- 5 rear deck-load support points ensure a distributed load with less wear and tear on the rear hinge, extending the product lifespan.
- Inverted deck cylinder is continually self-bleeding, reducing internal corrosion and increasing velocity fuse efficiency.
- 1HP (TENV) power pack with a separate manifold system for product longevity and serviceability.
- PowderCoat™ is an effective rust-proof solution that prolongs the life of dock equipment and helps maintain a sanitary environment.

4. Safety:

- High visibility yellow run-off guards are built for safety and allow wider access to the trailer entry.
- Integral safety stand keeps the deck securely upright during servicing.
- Built-in maintenance strut with lockout pin prevents leveler use during cleaning or maintenance.
- Non-adjustable hydraulic velocity fuse limits loaded platform free-fall to within 3" (76 mm).
- High visibility beveled toe guards with OSHA striping improves worker safety.
- Constant pressure touch button allows the dock attendant to safely control the deck at all times.

5. Engaged Solutions:

- The Blue Genius™ Gold Series I Touch Control Panel has flat-surface touch buttons and a keypad for easy management of all dock operations.
- LCD screen delivers operational, diagnostic, and troubleshooting messages in real-time.
- STOP button on the control station halts the dock in mid-travel during an emergency condition.
- LED red/yellow/green control station lights to send safety signals to dock personnel.
- The Blue Genius™ Platinum Series operates various combinations of loading dock equipment. A single control panel integrates all required functions, enabling the safe & simplified operation of any dock system from one central DESIGN location

6. Finish Options: 

- Anti-slip powder coat
- Enriched zinc powder coat
- Hot dipped galvanizing

Vertical Dock Leveler Finishing Colors

Available Upgrades:

Vehicle Restraints

Vehicle Restraints

Loading Dock Lights Communication Packages

Automatic or Manual
Light Communication Packages

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Related products:

Hydraulic Dock Levelers | Mechanical Dock Levelers | Air-Powered Dock Levelers

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ore information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at

We service Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Union, Essex, Morris, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset county/counties), Manhattan, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester and Rockland.

How to Improve Ventilation in a Loading Dock? | Bug Screen Doors

Posted by Loading Dock Expert on Apr 27, 2021 12:34:00 PM

During summertime, when the warehouse is hot, it's important to improve the ventilation while controlling the unwelcome guests. By installing one of the following Bug Screen Doors in your loading dock, you can control pests such as birds, insects, or rodents while letting some fresh air in.

Types of Bug Screen Door for your Loading Dock

- Roll-up Bug Screen Doors
- Portable Bug Screen Doors
- Sectional Doors with Bug Screens
- Sliding Bug Screen Doors

At Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC, we work with the best manufacturers in the country to offer the best roll-up bug screen doors. 

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Types of Bug Screen Door for your Loading Dock

1. Roll-Up Bug Screen Doors

These screen doors are an ideal and economical solution for removing birds, insects, and other unwanted pests from your industrial facility. These screen doors increase energy efficiency. By allowing fresh air to enter your building, they create a more comfortable working environment. They also act as physical barriers deterring theft and unauthorized entry.

Bug Screen Door8Roll-Up Bug Screen Door

2. Portable Bug Screen Doors

These doors are designed to be easily moved in and out of the opening, creating a nicer and comfortable work environment. They act as a physical barrier deterring burglary and unauthorized entry. Also allowing fresh air into your building, help you increase energy savings. These portable bug screen doors can be used in distribution centers, loading docks, and food manufacturing facilities. 

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In sensitive food production and packing environments, Portable Framed Insect Displays promote a bug-free environment, helping you comply with FDA and AIB inspections and regulations.

3. Sectional Doors with Bug Screens

It is the typical sectional overhead door with screens instead of panels or windows that are appropriate in certain cases as they, in order to be installed, require special tracking conditions and clearance.

There is a product for every need. From the simple stand-in-place portable screen to automated roll-up screens, from very budget-friendly to designs with automation and efficiency in mind. As you can easily see, many possible solutions to allow ventilation at your facility are available while keeping insects, rodents, and birds out.

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4. Sliding Bug Screen Doors

Sliding Bug screens are an economical alternative to roll-up bug screens, as they do not require the space that is required to mount roll-up screen doors. Sliding Bug Screens require little to no maintenance, and can be installed quickly and efficiently. Ideal for insect and bird control at:

- Loading docks
- Distribution centers
- Warehouse openings
- Food processing locations

Screen-Pro Sliding Bug Screen offered by Overhead Door Co. of Central JerseySliding Bug Screen Door for Loading Docks

For more information about bug screen doors for your loading dock, please give us a call at 973-471-4060, email us at

For 24-hour emergency service, please contact us at 973-471-4060.

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Service areas: Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Union, Essex, Morris, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset county/counties), Manhattan, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, and Rockland.

What we do: We sell, install, repair, and maintain commercial and industrial overhead doors, operators, and loading dock equipment since 1981.


Loading Dock Seal Repairs in NYC & NJ Area

Posted by Loading Dock Expert on Nov 23, 2015 6:49:31 AM

Loading docks act as a bridge between a truck and a dock platform.   When it gets really cold, it's important to repair your seals and brushes to prevent the cold drafts that come into your workspace.  Cold drafts can slow down productivity of your material handlers and increase your heating bills.

To stop the cold air from coming around your loading dock, we recommend any dock sealing solution below.  We have brushes to seal and close the gap between a loading dock and the concrete pit.  We have wedge seals to keep out the daylight between the rolling dock door and the pit leveler.

We stock all different types of brushes to help you eliminate the cold.  We even have brushes that act as a rodent deterrent.  

Perhaps you were really interested in dock door seals that hang on the exterior of a building?  To learn more about those seals, go to  

You can also check out these blog posts:

- A Quick Guide to Loading Dock Seals
- Dock Door Seals at Your Loading Bay
- A Quick Guide to Loading Dock Shelters

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