Once the truck is parked at the dock the dockworker activates the wheel restraint. Neither the dock leveler nor the powered dock door can be operated until the wheel restraint is engaged. Conversely, the wheel chock will not release the truck until the door and the leveler are stored properly.
The interior and exterior LED red and green communication lights let the driver and dockworker know the status of the dock equipment system.
Along with providing added safety by sequencing dock equipment operation, the Master Control Panel provides a more aesthetic appearance by consolidating the individual control boxes for the various equipment into a single drop.
This design reduces the number of conduit runs, thus lowering installation and maintenance costs.
Once the equipment was commissioned, the local Serco distributor, Southern Dock Products, set up training classes for the dock crew. This facility experiences rather high employee turnover but because of the operational simplicity, the trained employees will have no problem instructing new hires.
Jones notes, “our employees are very positive about the push button operation of the Master Control Panel and we are happy with the extra measure of reliability we have for safer dock operation.”