With a fast-moving supply chain vital to the UK’s economic performance during the current recessionary climate, the flexibility of mobile yardramps are proving an increasingly popular choice for safe, effective and cost-efficient loading and unloading, according to specialists Thorworld Industries.
The Midlands-based company offers the most comprehensive range of mobile yardramps, which are specifically designed for the fast and efficient loading and unloading of vehicles and containers by forklift truck where a dedicated, raised loading bay area is not available.
Thorworld Industries says that demand for mobile yardramps – which the company sells directly or rents via its RentARamp division has never been higher, especially amongst small-to-medium sized manufacturers. “Not every company can invest in a dedicated loading bay operation. Nonetheless, competition is fierce to get goods onto the road, and mobile yardramps fulfil that function in a safe and efficient manner,” explains John Meale, managing director of Thorworld Industries.
John Meale adds that interest in yardramps is just as strong amongst companies who already have loading bays. “Downtime is not an option; likewise, when demand is high it pays to optimise capacity. Yardramps are an ideal alternative when loading bays are unavailable, or a highly flexible extension during periods of peak demand.”
Another factor that makes Thorworld’s mobile yardramps a particularly flexible choice is the company’s RentARamp resource, which allows customers who may not want the capital outlay associated with buying a ramp to hire one instead. What’s more, there’s a sale or return option available which enables them to spread the cost of ownership or simply continue to hire.
There are three main Thorworld mobile yardramp ranges available, including Super Deluxe, Deluxe and Standard (heavy, medium and light duty) models, which have all been developed by the company’s in-house design engineers and manufactured using high quality materials and up-to-the-minute production equipment and techniques. The ramps are all CE marked and fully conform to the latest European quality and safety standards and legislation.
“Loading and unloading goods safely and efficiently can have a huge impact on a company’s bottom line,” explains John Meale. “As a result, we have worked hard to develop a range of yardramps that are extremely easy to use and which can withstand the rigours associated with everything from occasional to constant use.”
All container loading ramps include a steel superstructure for maximum strength, a hand operated hydraulic pump to allow the ramp to be raised up to the required height, as well as a built-in towing mechanism for quickly and easily moving the ramp by fork truck. They also feature solid tyres, 1.8m of safety chain on each side to secure the ramp to the vehicle or dock, thus helping to eradicate potentially dangerous vehicle creep, and a serrated open grid deck to ensure positive traction in all weather conditions.
The Super Deluxe Ramp is available in both 12 and 15 tonne capacities and is also known as the Recycling Ramp because of its ability to withstand very heavy workloads performed during a three-shift operation in even the most rigorous environments, such as the metal and waste recycling industry. They come with high side rails as standard and fold down entry ramps for a fixed approach angle.
The Deluxe Ramp is ideally suited for medium duty applications such as continual use on a single shift basis. There are two versions available; the ‘Type 7’, which is available with either a seven or 10 tonne capacity, and Thorworld’s most popular ramp, the Type 6, a 10 tonne ramp, which comes with high side rails and fold down entry ramps as standard.
Thorworld’s Standard (or Thrifty) Ramp is designed specifically for applications where it may only be used three or four times a day and therefore offers a more cost-effective solution. The ‘Type 9’ model is available in 10 tonne capacity and features an integrated entry plate, whilst the ‘Type 8 and 10’ models are available in 10 and seven tonne capacities respectively, with an additional six tonne capacity model in the ‘Type 10’ range featuring the more traditional fold-down entry ramps.
Bespoke models can also be supplied to meet individual requirements, in combination with modular loading dock facilities where required, to further underline Thorworld’s flexibility. “We appreciate that one size doesn’t fit all and, as a result, we offer a bespoke service which allows our in-house design team to develop and manufacture ramps and associated loading/unloading equipment that meet the exact needs of our customers, whatever they may be,” comments John Meale.
A comprehensive service and maintenance back-up facility is available to ensure that the ramps are always kept in prime operating condition. This commitment to customer service has recently been enhanced with the launch of its Mobile Yardramp Training programme, designed to train customers in the safe and efficient use of Thorworld ramps.
For more information: 01246 260981 or www.thorworld.co.uk