Category: Loading Dock Equipment
Products: Various Doors, Dock Levelers, Dock Safety Equipment, High-Volume Low-Speed Fans
Application: Newly-Constructed Dock Positions
A regional distributor turned to long-time partner DH Pace for dock doors and equipment on a new facility.
In the early 1970s a local family grocery store partnered with DH Pace to provide maintenance on the doors at their retail locations, as well as their frozen food and grocery warehouse. Over time, the family business grew and expanded into other markets outside the local region. Such growth made it necessary to expand their warehouse.
In the late 1980’s, the distributor and DH Pace partnered again to install new dock levelers and dock seals for their frozen foods and dry warehouse expansion. DH Pace provided dock levelers and dock seals and also continued to provide dock maintenance.
Over nearly thirty years, the distributor continued to expand their operations and eventually outgrew their warehouse capacity again. They decided they needed a new warehouse and distribution facility in order to best serve their customers and the regional communities in which they operate.
Once again, the distributor partnered with DH Pace to provide a variety of products and installation. The storied history the companies shared made it a comfortable fit for such a large and involved construction project.
Safety and low total cost of ownership were major themes in selecting the materials for this project. All told, the project consisted of procuring and installing the following materials:
- More than 115 impactable sectional doors
- Over 110 master control panels with stanchions
- Over 110 energy-saving LED dock lights
- Over 110 heavy-duty pleated dock seal enclosures
- Over 110 trailer restraint systems
- Almost 60 hydraulic dock levelers
- 55 Vertical storing dock levelers
- Nearly 30 insulated sectional steel commercial doors
- Eight High-volume low-speed (HVLS) fans
- Six High speed fabric doors
- Three Commercial rolling steel fire doors
DH Pace also provided trailer restraints for each dock position. These dock restraints keep trailers from unintentionally moving away from the dock position. Also, the restraints included master control panels with an integrated communications light package. Similar to a stoplight system, the communications lights have indicators in both the inside and the outside of the dock.
Loading Dock Safety
Dock safety was paramount in this project. The DH Pace team considered the necessary details for safe use of the docks and related equipment. Long term, this represents a large savings of money in potential health insurance costs and worker’s compensation claims. Good, positive morale and safe equipment lends itself to more productive employees who take care of good equipment that helps to keep them safe.
Sealing the docks was another key requirement. Keeping the inside sealed off from the outside, temperature changes and potential insects. Over time, the pleated dock enclosures represent enormous efficiency savings. They also make the sealed environments safe from insects, light or gaps which are obstacles to overcome for positive Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspections.
DH Pace recommended impactable sectional dock doors built to withstand impact and break away from the tracks without damaging the door. The high insulation value of the dock doors also contributes to energy efficiency.
Additionally, the project called for several high speed fabric doors separating areas of the warehouse. For example, the fabric doors were installed in areas such as from wet rooms to dry storage or from cold, temperature-controlled areas to areas with ambient temperatures. In addition to productivity improvement, the doors help control energy loss. The high speed doors save on maintenance costs. To provide a comfortable working environment, DH Pace also installed high speed low volume (HSLV) fans to recirculate the air in the area.
DH Pace helped the distributor specify, acquire and install a diverse amount of building equipment for their new warehouse facility. Most of all, the Pace team delivered on all counts by fully understanding the nuances of the distributor’s needs. The distributor ended up with the best possible investment as a result of the DH Pace team focusing on the low cost of ownership and safety requirements and superior product knowledge.