Dock Equipment Raises the Bar for Safety and Performance

New equipment offerings make the warehouse safer and more efficient.


Similar to a warehouse dock leveler, dock boards bridge the gap between the loading dock and a trailer. Fort Worth, Texas-based Bluff Manufacturing has a dock board that allows a lift truck driver to remain in his/her lift truck cage while setting up the dock board—this dock board is called the Speedy Board.

“Ninety percent of the accidents that occur to forklift drivers happen when they’re outside the safety of the fork cage,” says Andrea Curreri, vice president of marketing and sales, Bluff Manufacturing. “This board allows for one driver to stay in the cage to move the board into and out of place—no other dock board allows that.”

The Speedy Board contains a notch pattern that allows a lift truck driver to safely move the dock board with ease, which increases a worker’s performance.

 

Dock doors

Most dock doors are standard equipment that doesn’t provide many benefits, other than theft deterrent. TKO Dock Doors’ VertiCool Door provides more than just theft deterrent—it complements vertical dock levelers and enhances thermal efficiency.

There has been more attention recently on the dock door’s ability to seal the opening, instead of relying on insulators, says Michael Brittingham, manager, marketing communications for 4Front Engineered Solutions.

The VertiCool Door is equipped with a thick foam panel that provides high quality thermal protection in order to preserve the warehouse’s temperature and also keep extreme weather conditions out. This helps maintain the integrity of perishable items and shields employees from weather conditions outside.

By equipping a warehouse dock with the right equipment a company can save money, increase the safety and efficiency of the dock, and ultimately improve working conditions for warehouse workers.


Boosting Productivity with CooLift

Recently, Food Logistics spoke with Greg Ecker, vice president of sales and marketing at Magline Inc., based in Standish, Michigan, about the Magliner CooLift Delivery System.

Description: The CooLift Delivery System is a hydraulic lifting system that helps take the stress out of manual lifting. It also uses six urethane wheels that allow 360-degree maneuvering capabilities, which is beneficial to the driver.

“Drivers like it a lot because they’re not as tired at the end of the day because they’re not bending and stretching as much,” says Ecker.

Key benefits: CooLift has the power to have four times the amount of loads on a single pallet in comparison to a traditional hand truck. Pallets are also pre-picked at the warehouse, which makes delivering the pallet much easier and safer for the driver. Pre-picked pallets can help save a company up to 32 percent of workers’ compensation claims, according to Magliner.

Loading and unloading a CooLift pallet is also much quicker than a traditional hand truck. “Drivers are moving more products with fewer trips back and forth from the truck to the store,” says Ecker. “They see their account time cut by 50 percent.”

 

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