Loading and offloading trucks can be very difficult due to their size and configuration especially if the one responsible for the loading has to do it manually. Different manufacturers has help the loaders and off-loaders to make their work easier by making gangways for trucks loading and offloading services. In trains and ships the gangways are used to provide a safe passage for people to enter and leave. the manufactures and features of gangways are very diverse. Other places where gangways are used are the industries and harbors.
Some of the common types of loading gangways are self adjusting stair gangway, flat ramp gangway and flat ramp telescoping gangways. Different companies use different features on their gangways to make them unique.
Materials that are used in the manufacture of gangways include aluminum, stainless steel and galvanized steel. Among these materials, aluminum is considered the most suitable for loading and offloading in a harbor because it is resistance to corrosion. Aluminum gangways have other benefits such as light weight, durable and not much maintenance is needed. Loading gangways for trucks should be constructed in a way that they have manual lifts, locks immediately they are on upright position, can function in harsh and high use environment and should have long lasting pivots.
Loading gangways are readily available as standard products but one can request for a custom made loading gangway when they are dealing with more complex loading services. the custom made gangways should have an extended last tread and slip resistant deck walk surface. Other features that can be customized include operations modes such as manual, pneumatic, electrical and hydraulic operation as well as the material and the color they would like the loading gangway painted.
the main role of gangways in a train and ship is to help people to enter and leave the train or ship. Gangways for a train or a ship are customized in terms of the width and length according to the size of the vessel and are made in such a way that they are not affected by tides or corroded by moisture. For a gangway to be allowed for use in the train and ship it most meet the OSHA and OSHA Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) standards. The type of train and ship as well as its size are some of the factors that one has to look at when purchasing a gangway.
one can also choose to buy a loading gangway for their truck, train and ship that is portable. Your choice of the gangway should also be determined by availability of the spare parts, the warranty on the gangway as well as maintenance services from the company.