Achieving sustainability, safety and speed at your distribution and logistics center

October 22, 2018

If you work in distribution and logistics, ensuring efficient operations is a part of your everyday. Choosing the right entrances for your loading bays can help you achieve sustainability, safety and speed throughout the loading process.

If you work in distribution and logistics, ensuring efficient operations is a part of your everyday. Choosing the right entrances for your loading bays can help you achieve sustainability, safety and speed throughout the loading process.

Sustainability

The right doors and docking solutions at your loading bays can cut unnecessary emissions. At large loading bays, insulated dock levelers and insulated overhead sectional doors can reduce unnecessary loss of energy, both when the loading bay is closed and also during loading and unloading. Fast-acting overhead sectional doors can also make a difference to the amount of energy you lose. By reducing the amount of time your door is open they limit the amount of time available for temperature exchange and for energy to escape.

At smaller loading bays, or in parcel distribution centers, van cushion shelters have been shown to reduce energy loss by up to 50%. When the van is docked, a tight seal is created between the van and the loading bay, which means temperature transfer is minimized, reducing energy loss and maintaining a steady indoor environment.

Safety

There are a variety of steps you can take to enhance safety at your loading bays. Traffic light systems mean trucks only  maneuver when safe to do so, and all personnel know the status of the docking procedure so can make sure they stay out of harm’s way. 

Restraint systems, ranging from wheel chocks to hydraulic restraint systems, firmly secure trucks in place during loading and unloading to prevent premature drive off and the risk of accidental vehicle creep.

Integrated docking systems mean that overhead sectional doors can only ever be open when a truck is safely docked, removing any risk of staff or stock falling off the loading bay.

Speed

Ensuring your loading bays work at an optimal speed is easy with fast acting doors. Fast overhead sectional doors mean loading is never held up by slow moving entrances. Products such as restraint systems prevent accidents occurring, which in turn limits the risk of slowing business down with unplanned downtime.

And in addition, having a standard loading procedure that staff can follow whenever a truck arrives will help you ensure faster and more efficient processes every time. 

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