Efficient Yard Ramp Repair

The Yard Ramp Guy: Customer Service
Repairing a Damaged Yard Ramp

Making Lemonade

When a mobile yard ramp in circulation sustained damage, The Yard Ramp Guy was on the case.

The ramp in question, a rental, is currently in Brooklyn, and our headquarters are just outside of Chicago. That’s some 700 miles and one hour’s time zone difference. How to efficiently get that repaired? Telephone, email, knowing how to qualify the right craftsmen, and building relationships.

The Challenge:
The support crossbeam connector brace under the ramp had bent, sustaining damage during a repositioning and compromising the integrity of the support legs and wheels. The hand-crank gear box was stripped and the crank handle broken and torn. The short term for this is “user abuse.”

The Approach:

We confirmed availability of replacement parts with the manufacturer. Through our network of turnkey service partners, we contracted a worthy welder. We confirmed with both welder and current renter a date and time. We secured the delivery of replacement parts.

The welding team first removed the compromised leg assembly and connector brace from the ramp.

Beginning the Repair
Removing the Damage

The team then spot welded the new leg assembly and new connector brace, measuring to assure equal height on both sides of the ramp. We appreciated the cautious approach of the welding team, which contacted us during the repair to confirm removal of an extra shaft on the hand crank assembly. We also kept the factory representative in California close-by via phone conversations directly with the welder.

Securing the New Yard Ramp Leg Assembly
Securing the Replacement Leg Assembly

The team applied a comprehensive weld.

Yard Ramp Repair: A Comprehensive Weld
Sparks Flying for All the Right Reasons

The customer tested the integrity of the job through a repositioning of the ramp.

The Results:
The yard ramp has now returned to its strong, intended integrity. The new hand crank mechanism raises and lowers the leg assembly smoothly. The new connector brace is straight. The yard ramp is again a strong, safe piece of equipment that will offer many more years of use.

Yard Ramp Repair: Complete
Communication: The Key to a Successful Repair

Yard Ramps Across the Industrial Spectrum

Serving the National Interest

The Yard Ramp Guy: Serving Industries Nationwide

Our mobile yard ramps and stationary dock ramps are designed to deploy as solid workhorses, without complaint or glitch. Used properly, they reqire minimal maintenance and can provide years of excellent service.

Part of the beauty of them (and yes, we readily find aesthetic value) is in their strength and what seems like simplicity—simple lines, simple angles. And yet, our manufacturers are always looking to design and engineer enhancements to further increase the value of this inventory. More on those enhancements in the coming weeks.

The number of businesses and industries that utilize The Yard Ramp Guy’s product lines continues to amaze and impress us. And we again want to spotlight the various industries that regularly put our mobile yard ramps and stationary dock ramps into service.

Agribusiness – including farm-to-table through processing plants and distribution hubs.

Automotive Industry – including car and truck parts, tires, and oil and gas companies.

Building Materials – commercial and residential and anything used to build or renovate a structure: these are among the essential elements of the national economy.

Distribution & Shipping – whether ground-to-dock or ground-to-truck, in good times and in times of disaster recovery, these sorting facilities and warehouse stations strategically serve as fuel for the workforce and lifelines in time of need.

Food Processing – The US food processing industry creates revenue of some $750 billion each year for more than 21,000 companies and some 1.5 million people. The food industry is elemental to our states, cities, communities, schools, and dinner tables.

Recycling – factor in the notion that recycling is a nearly $100 billion per year industry, employs nearly 140,000 people, and helps the environment.

And so much more. Add Hollywood movie productions and professional sports teams…and literally thousands of businesses that depend on our yard ramps and loading docks, all toward streamlining their operations, growing their businesses, and keeping their workers safe.

As always, we’re proud to contribute to the forward progress of the national economy.

Managing Transportation Blips

Tapping the Pulse of Compliance

Customer Service with Transparency
The Yard Ramp Guy: Keeping Our Eyes on Transportation Conditions

In the name of transparency (one of The Yard Ramp Guy’s pillars of business), we want to share with you an interesting situation regarding the nation’s truck drivers and a planned U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration inspection that’s set for next week.

The inspection will last all of 72 hours—June 5th to June 7th—yet has potential impact on our deliveries.

Some background:

On December 18, 2017, the U.S. government mandated an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) be installed in buses and commercial trucks. The ELD mandate is designed to automate compliance with hours of service a driver can be on the road in any given period of time.

Though there are some exemptions to the rule (i.e., short-distance operations, tow truck drive-away operations, etc.), the ELD mandate applies to most vehicles The Yard Ramp Guy contracts with to deliver our inventory.

Larger freight companies have the capital to install and put the ELDs into service on their fleets. The independent contractors have tended to bristle at the added expense and training. Various amendments were introduced last year to delay the mandate’s timeline; they were largely unsuccessful.

With that, a percentage of carriers moved on to other professions. Which caused a disruption in the supply-and-demand chain. Which caused an increase in freight charges. From manufacturers and resellers to freight companies and end-use customers, the entire industry has been grappling with this. (It’s been quite a year; we’re not even folding in the issue of volatility in the steel market.)

Conventional wisdom points to the disruption calming down and steadying over the next few months.

In the short term and the long term, the goal and the effect are to increase safety on the nation’s highways.

And so, next week’s road check. From a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance press release in March:

“The vehicle inspection includes checking brake systems, cargo securement, coupling devices, driveline/driveshaft components, exhaust systems, frames, fuel systems, lighting devices, steering mechanisms, suspensions, tires, van and open-top trailer bodies, wheels, rims and hubs, and windshield wipers. Additional items for buses include emergency exits, electrical cables and systems in the engine and battery compartments, and seating.

“Drivers are asked to provide their operating credentials and hours-of-service documentation, and will be checked for seat belt usage. Inspectors will also be attentive to apparent alcohol and/or drug impairment.”

From our view, and in the name of safety, it’s hard to argue with that concerted inspection.

Still, we suspect June 5-7 might be an opportunity for some carriers to take a few days of vacation. We work with freight logistics specialists we consider part of The Yard Ramp Guy team.

With or without a planned vehicle road check, we always strive to find all of our customers the quickest, safest, and most reasonably priced delivery of our mobile yard ramps and stationary loading docks.

The Yard Ramp Guy Goes Hawaiian

Our Loading Dock Says “Aloha”

The Yard Ramp Guy in Hawaii
The Yard Ramp Guy: In Hawaii

When a restoration and reconstruction business in Honolulu needed a stationary loading dock, The Yard Ramp Guy said Aloha. ‘A‘ole pilikia. (“Hello. No problem.”)

The challenge was transporting a three-ton piece of industrial equipment across twenty miles of southern California highway to a harbor, then 2,500 miles across the Pacific Ocean to our customer in Hawaii’s capital.

To be clear: this was a challenge, not a problem. Whether across town or across the ocean, a movement of freight is an issue of logistics. The Yard Ramp Guy team coordinated smoothly with our manufacturer and logistics partners to deliver.

And so, we had an intermodal scenario—a combination of transportation methods. Fortunately and unsurprisingly, companies transport from land to sea to distant harbors all the time.

In this instance, an ocean freight company specializing in California-to-Hawaii delivery placed the loading dock onto a flatbed truck at our manufacturer’s plant. For protection, it placed the loading dock inside a rectangualr rack—a steel frame some 40 feet long and eight feet wide.

The next steps:

  • At the harbor, a crane lifted the loading dock, in its frame, from the flatbed and placed it onto the container ship;
  • the ocean journey took six days to reach Honolulu Harbor;
  • the shipping company’s crane picked our container off the ship; and
  • placed the loading dock onto a flatbed truck,
  • which was delivered to the customer’s location.

The special consideration in the entire transport scenario was fitting into the ocean freight transport company’s schedule.

Beyond that, and as a follow up, the customer contacted us via Skype to confirm proper installation of the anchor bolts at their dock.

Mahalo.

Loading Dock Financing Options

Enhanced for 2018

The Yard Ramp Guy: Section 179 Deduction
Smart Financing . . . Money Back

 

Over the years, we’ve worked diligently with our customers in all aspects of new and used loading dock purchases and rentals, along with our Cash-Back Program, which we created to help companies unload their no-longer-needed inventory.

We pride ourselves, too, with our Turnkey Delivery and Installation Services, literally doing the heavy lifting to help our customers transport, position, and install their new (or used, or rental) equipment into position smoothly, safely, and efficiently.

Our work most definitely does not stop at the bay or truck door.

In fact, our work begins before you even contact us. That’s why we’ve made it easy for qualified customers to finance a loading dock purchase.

Businesses can readily find a number of advantages to financing equipment. First of all, financing eases the dent in cash flow by spreading out payments over a period of months.

Beyond that, your tax burden is eased when April 15th approaches. The U.S. government’s Section 179 Deduction is an attractive incentive for busineses to finance in a smart, strategic manner that actually reduces your financial liability for the year.

The IRS has increased that deduction to $1 million for fiscal year 2018. It “allows your business to write off the entire purchase price of qualifying equipment for the current tax year.”

We’re The Yard Ramp Guy, not The Tax Deduction Guy. So, we certainly recommend running everything by your CFO or accountant. That said, our read of the rules and regulations looks very good for those looking to finance our equipment. As the Section179.org site states:

“This deduction is good on new and used equipment, as well as off-the-shelf software. To take the deduction for tax year 2018, the equipment must be financed or purchased and put into service between January 1, 2018 and the end of the day on December 31, 2018.”

Qualifying equipment includes “Property attached to your building that is not a structural component of the building” along with a listing of other materials goods that are not loading docks. (See HERE for their presentation.)

As in: combining all that equipment, up to $1 million, could help put a substantial amount of capital back into your company’s coffers.

More than ever, now is a great time to make that loading dock purchase.