Supporting Your Spanish Speaking Customers

We have seen increasing interest from our customers who have a Spanish speaking audience.  To support you in this area, we have created bilingual support.

  • Daisy Ramirez is a bilingual part of of our Sales Support team.  She is available for any questions, in English or Spanish, from you or your customers.
  • Spanish Language Brochure.  We have translated our full product catalog into Spanish.  To print them for your office, click on this link.

Hasta Luego!

Trailer Door Opening


Most trailer doors are roll ups with an opening of 92″-94″. Swing door trailers have an opening that is 102″ wide. Boards and ramps must have a minimum of 2″ clearance per side to allow for safe, secure, proper placement.

Some people ask us for a 96″ wide board for a roll up trailer, but the board needs to sit inside the opening.

We are happy to provide training and always have product specialists ready to assist you in finding the best solution for the application.

We have the same goal you do: the right solution the first timeYard Ramp resulting in a satisfied customer.

Steady mezzanines on unsteady grounds!

Earthquakes are a terrifying possibility in areas with high seismic activity. The destruction of property, land, and most importantly, human lives drives us to take into careful consideration all standards required to protect our buildings and structures from these terrible tremors and shakes.

When you know you live in an area of high seismic activity, you want to know that you’re on solid ground even when the earth is shaking! Much like buildings that have strict codes and standards in earthquake-prone zones, mezzanines have special requirements as well. And it’s very important to consider these factors when making a decision about your mezzanines and stairways.

Bluff Manufacturing takes your safety into consideration when designing and manufacturing mezzanines for your building. If you are in a “seismic zone,” Bluff’s engineering department knows how to make your mezzanine safe. We have resources that define such necessary data through the United States Geological Survey organization based on the project’s address alone. The only parameter we may need from our customer is what Occupancy Category the mezzanine system will apply to. For instance, “Buildings and other structures that represent a low hazard to human life in the event of failure, …” is a Category I. While “Buildings and other structures with potential to cause a substantial economic impact and/or mass disruption of day-to-day civilian life in the event of a failure” is a Category III. Category III would be facilities such as power generation, wastewater treatment, telecommunication, and the like. This occupancy category translates into an importance factor (I), which can be applied in determining the Seismic Response Coefficient (Cs).

We may also determine a site class – something that can be easily defined by a subsoil investigation either by a material testing firm local to the project site or historical document relating to such an investigation. For mezzanine systems this parameter can be taken from that assigned to the building itself.

Finally, Seismic Design Category is determined based on the Occupancy Category and geographical location. But Bluff can already determine this piece of information for you based on all the information previously collected.

Safety is at the very epicenter of our business and Bluff Manufacturing works with customers located in all kinds of seismic zones to provide them with stable mezzanines built to stand on shaky grounds. We help our customers configure their mezzanine frame – a simple hand sketch often helps us outline the Seismic Force-Resisting System (SFRS) and the lateral support required. Whether your mezzanine frame is a cross bracing, knee bracing, or moment frame, we at Bluff Manufacturing, are committed to keeping you on solid ground.

Moment Frame

Knee Braced

Cross Braced

Yard Ramps – to use the 6 feet Level Off or not. That is the question

There are several guidelines and factors to consider when buying a yard ramp. But we wanted to bring one particular aspect to your attention. When does buying a 36′ Length Yard Ramp with a 6’ Level off make more sense as opposed to a Straight 30′ Length Yard Ramp? When you need that extra maneuverability and visibility, that’s when our Bluff yard ramp with a 6’ level off becomes a better value packed option to consider. It’s important for you to know that sometimes getting that additional 6 feet of leveled off ramp space becomes a better and more optimal solution for your docking needs.

In addition to the traditional use of Ground to Truck, a 36’ Length yard Ramp with a Level Off is beneficial in these situations:

  • In some ground-to-dock applications
  • Close to dock-edge overhead door configuration
  • Often for high-use application
  • In high-traffic docking areas
  • When using folk-lifts that need access to railcars

Heading up a Yard Ramp without a level off puts the operator in a disadvantageous position of having to look upwards until his lift truck is completely horizontal on the dock or warehouse surface. With a high load on his lift truck the operator’s vision may be severely limited in many situations.  Adding a level off gives him 6’ of straightforward viewing BEFORE he attains the dock surface. This allows the operator enough time to see what’s ahead across a wide spectrum allowing for very safe, productive, and highly maneuverable operations. This is especially handy when forklifts are turning into railcars and have to handle pallets near door-openings. The additional 6’ on a yard ramp is also most preferred for end loading. Basically, for any truck or railcar to ground application and close to dock-edge overhead door configurations, opt for the 36 feet Yard Ramp with the 6 feet level off.

Bluff has always been the industry leader in providing docking solutions – and our yard ramps are a perfect example. We design and engineer every single one of our products to meet a variety of unique needs and to meet and surpass guidelines and standards. Bluff Manufacturing sets the standards and others follow. Look for the letter “L” following the model number on a Yard Ramp to recognize a Bluff Yard Ramp with a 6’ level off!

Be Safe and Stay Safe this June!

It’s June! The beginning of summer; which means warm weather, weddings, and trips to the water park! Here are some other fun facts about the month of June (according to June is also Dairy month, National Rose Month, National Forest System Month, National Frozen Yogurt Month, National Iced Tea Month and… brace yourself… it is also the birth month of Superman! And these are just a few June specialties. For some of us, June marks the passing of half a year and leaves us wondering where the time went.

For Bluff Manufacturing and its partners, customers, employees, and the rest of the Material Handling World, June is the National Safety Month as marked by the National Safety Council –

The National Safety Council (NSC) is a great resource for both employers and employees to gather vital information about being safe at home, work, and play. The NSC also focuses some of its efforts in keeping people safe on the roads.

As part of its National Safety Month observance, the NSC picks certain safety aspects to highlight each week of June.  The week of June 5th – June 11th will focus on “Preventing overexertion at work.” The often-used maxim “work smart, not hard” applies here in some measure. The NSC reminds us to work smarter with some of these great tips to prevent overexertion at work:

  • Stretch and/or warm up before heavy lifting or strenuous activity
  • Lift with your legs bent and objects held close to your body
  • Avoid bending, reaching and twisting when lifting
  • Ask a friend for help when lifting

Safety has always been at the core of Bluff Manufacturing whether it is maintaining a safe work environment for our employees or producing safe products for our customers. Bluff manufactures an entire line of products committed to securing your personnel and property. Bluff’s line of warehouse safety products operate as “safety barricades” to prevent damage or injury by forklifts and all other powered and manual equipment in your plant or warehouse.

Beginning with rigorous testing of our products and adhering to strict ANSI MH30.2 standards, Bluff ensures that we pass on the safest and highest quality product to our customers right from design and testing through application. Whether we are manufacturing dock boards, yard ramps, or dock levelers, Bluff makes sure its products can easily withstand and pass any tests and standards.

So in honor of the National Safety Month, let each one of us commit some time this month to reassess our safety practices and policies and to ensure we are doing the best we can to create a safer workplace and home as well as safer roads.