Posts Tagged ‘Dock Doors’

Winter is coming: check your Dock Seals.

September 28, 2010

Dock Seals keep out the cold

Yes, the fall weather has finally arrived and it’s good to take some time off to enjoy it.  As we all know, the winter months will soon be upon us. For manufacturing sites and distribution centers, dock doors are a huge drain on heating bills. Every time a truck pulls in to load or unload, the dock door comes up and all the heat goes out into the winter air. A dock seal creates a barrier between the truck and the dock opening to prevent the huge loss of warm air.

Dock Seals are a very reasonable investment, ranging from $700 to as much as $2000.  In the dock seal world, “you get what you pay for” is the rule. Buyers should take a close look at the performance versus the cost. The performance of dock seals range from as low as 250 cycles, a cycle being each time a truck pulls in/out, up to 10,000 or even more cycles.

If you have a dock that only gets 1-2 trucks a day, then a lower cost dock seal may be all right for you. For high traffic docks, high-performance materials are a better investment. Make sure your vendor lists a cycle rating for any seal quoted. Please keep in mind that higher performance seals also use pleating, double stitching, weather resistant wood backing and other features to extend the life of the seal and prevent damage.

So, now is the time to take a look at the dock seals on your building and get the repaired or replaced before the cold weather sets in.

Keeping Insects out of Warehouses and Factories

August 13, 2010

Bug Barriers for Dock Doors

I have been working on some dock issues this week. The biggest problem is for a customer that is having a problem with flies in their warehouse.

Insects in a building can be more than just a nuisance. This customer said they were inundated with insects from a nearby operation and the people working in the warehouse spent most of the week swatting flies: not very productive. Other insects, such as mosquitoes, can be a health hazard since they are disease-carriers. In addition, flies can contaminate finished product. It wouldn’t be great to ship your customer a box full of flies or bugs!

There are several solutions to this problem, depending on the frequency of use for your dock doors. Many companies don’t like strip curtains because they are hard to see through and of course, they shut out airflow. So, a bug screen door is a good solution.

The first style is a “pull-across” curtain made from heavy-duty screening material. The screen is made from Vinyl encapsulated woven polyester mesh and just pulls across like a curtain. This would probably be indicated for low traffic doors or doors that are only open for ventilation.

The second style utilizes a track, and operates just like a garage door. There is a manual or powered version, depending on the amount of traffic using each dock door. This material is rugged and will keep out insects as well as birds. In the winter, you can exchange the screen panels for vinyl to add insulation around your doors. The modular design also means you can replace a single panel if it gets damaged in some way.

Adding bug screens is a good enhancement for employee comfort, product cleanliness and improved ventilation in your building.

Securing Dock Doors

May 20, 2010

Summer must be near! I had a call from a customer that needs to secure their dock doors. They recently added a second shift, and sometime during the evening, an intruder entered and pilfered a power washer from their building.   A good way to secure dock doors is with a folding gate.

Folding gates expand to cover the opening of the dock and then contract or fold back when not in use. Folding gates come in single panels for “people” doors, and in pairs up to 24′ in width for dock doors. Gates are also available in smaller, portable versions to block of aisles or other areas of the plant.

Folding gates provide access control and security, visibility and air circulation for the facility. The summer months always generate interest in folding gates, so that more dock doors can be opened to improve ventilation.