Loading docks - the beginning and the end of the material handling cycle - are among the busiest and most important areas of plants, retail outlets and warehousing facilities. Subjected to heavy, continuous traffic, they are vital to the smooth and efficient flow of raw materials and finished goods. Careful planning and design of the loading dock along with proper selection of equipment can result in improved working conditions, as well as increased safety and employee productivity.
The most frequent dock planning pitfalls to avoid are; poor dock approach, door way to small, dock leveler not wide enough, improper bumper projection and protection, uneven dock seal/shelter mounting area and not enough loading dock bays. Following our dock planning guide, can aid in preventing these common pitfalls and provide your client an improved loading dock application.
It is also important to plan for future requirements; this can be done by providing knock-out panels for doors and dock leveler pits and can save your client time and money, by planning for their future requirements vs. expensive remodeling at the loading dock.
Due to the diversity and variations that may exist at the loading dock, any specification, drawings or other material pertaining to the loading dock should be developed and approved by an experience professional architect and reviewed by an experienced loading dock professional. Follow best practices for compliance to traffic engineering conventions in design to meet state and local codes.
Itís important to include in the specifications of any project that the selected manufacture to provide; specifications, approval drawings, installation manual, owner's manual and employee equipment training, to the owner.