Find out now why the RAMPEX-PRO dock buffer is the optimal solution for your loading ramp(s)

# ChallEnge

Whether classic solid rubber buffers, sandwich buffers or spring steel buffers: There are already a large number of different dock buffers on the market. – Why do we nevertheless believe that it is time for a new generation of dock buffers?

To achieve the best possible protection for the building, the loading bridge and the truck, a buffer must have good decoupling and damping properties, i.e. it must be as soft and elastic as possible. At the same time, to avoid premature wear, it is important that the front side is abrasion-resistant or movable. Particularly since, during loading and unloading, the upward and downward movement of the trailer on the loading ramp leads to a not inconsiderable load. Here, the vertical movements must be efficiently and reliably decoupled by the dock buffer.

Assembly and disassembly
Attachment to the building must be as simple as possible and must be permanently fixed. In case of maintenance, the ramp buffer must be easy to replace. This must not leave any damage to the facade.

Life span
The total cost of ownership (TCO) is determined by component costs, component lifetime, maintenance and repair costs. The goal is a minimum total cost of ownership over the service life.

Conventional dock buffers have deficits in all three areas – some of them even glaring. You want facts on this? Here you go:

Defizite herkömmlicher Rampenpuffer

# Deficits of conventional buffers

Rubber buffers: High protection, fast wear

Pure rubber buffers are the classic. They allow trucks to dock gently and protect the building quite efficiently (see lines 1 and 5). The “price” for this: Due to the material used and the structure, they unfortunately wear out very quickly.

In addition, there are clear deficits in dismantling. The low purchase price at first glance is quickly put into perspective, especially for ramps with higher traffic volumes. This is because the costs of frequent repair work and regular replacement are very significant. This is precisely why many users quickly switch to rubber buffers with a steel front plate.

Rubber buffer with prefixed steel plate and buffer made of high-strength plastic: Longer service life at the price of a lower protective function

When a steel front plate is used, the service life of the ramp buffer improves considerably. At the same time, however, the protective function deteriorates dramatically (lines 2 and 4). In a sense, the longer service life is bought by a lower protective function. This significant loss of protection inevitably results in higher maintenance and repair costs for the building, loading ramp and truck.

Buffers made of high-strength plastic show the same picture (line 6).

Steel buffers: higher compliance, but lower deformability
Steel buffers or spring steel buffers give the robust steel plate more resilience to brake the truck more softly (lines 7 and 8). However, they do not achieve the deformability of the rubber buffers.

Steel rubber buffer with lamella construction
Only the steel-rubber buffer with lamella construction combines the high durability of the steel plate front with the compliance of a rubber buffer (line 3). Further, it showed a force plateau over 2/3 of the way in the tests, which stands for an even smoother deceleration over a relatively long distance.

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# Our Solution: RAMPEX-PRO

The RAMPEX-PRO dock buffer is ideal for loading ramps with high loading frequency due to its unique design.

Patented Lamella Construction
Due to its patented lamella construction, trucks are slowed down softer to the loading ramps. This not only protects the buffers on the trucks, but also the building structure.

Movement range of up to ± 50 mm
When loading the goods, the trailer moves up and down. The dock buffer RAMPEX-PRO follows this movement up to ± 50 mm vertically and avoids damage to the buffers. For even greater movements, the trailer slides along the steel plate.

Longer service life than conventional rubber buffers
The higher-grade steel front plate gives it a much longer service life than conventional rubber buffers with similar damping characteristics. In addition, the steel back plate provides a secure connection to the building. The recessed connection protects the bolted connection. Both together save time and money during assembly and disassembly.

RAMPEX-PRO Rampenpuffer

# Key Data

Due to its unique design, the dock buffer RAMPEX-PRO is very suitable for loading ramps with high loading frequency.
External Dimensions (W x H x D) 240 x 500 x 150 mm
Hole Spacing 250 mmx
Thickness of Steel Front Panel 12 mm
Horizontal Mobility 70 mm
Vertical mobility + 50 mm
Max. Tightening torque (M20) max. 90 Nm
Max. Starting Force < 110 KN
Eckdaten RAMPEX-PRO Rampenpuffer

# 4 good reasons

Soft as rubber, robust as steel – that’s RAMPEX-PRO. Thanks to its unique design and patented lamella structure, the ramp buffer is ideal for loading ramps with high loading frequency.

Industry Standard

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Industry Standard

  • RAMPEX-PRO convinces with a particularly high quality standard.
  • The dock buffer is produced in Germany according to ISO 9001.

Best Materials

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Best Materials

  • RAMPEX-Pro convinces with a high-quality front panel made of S700.
  • The rubber used is also particularly high quality. It comes from the automotive industry.

Extremely Robust

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Extremely Robust

RAMPEX-PRO is extremely robust. It can also easily withstand direct contact with changeover bridges. This is because it yields at the bottom. This clearly distinguishes it from conventional rubber buffers.

Very Safe

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Commitmend to Quality

We are firmly convinced of the quality of the RAMPEX-PRO and regularly test our buffers in series production.

# What our customers say

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