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An Overview Of Loading Dock Planning

The Importance Of Loading Dock Planning
The dock is the beginning and the end of the material handling cycle and 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 loading dock planning and design of the loading dock area along with proper selection of equipment can result in improved working conditions, as well as increased safety and employee productivity.

Common Pit Falls To Avoid In Designing A Loading Dock Plan

pit falls of poorly designed loading dock

The most frequent loading 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 loading dock planning guide, can aid in preventing these common pitfalls and provide your client an improved loading dock application.

Planning For Future Dock Requirements
It is also important to plan for future loading dock 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.

Follow Best Practices For Planning
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 architects and reviewed by an experienced loading dock professional.

Follow best practices for compliance to traffic engineering conventions in loading dock design to meet state and local codes.

At Chalfant, we follow and comply with the best industry practices, traffic-engineering conventions. Our team works with every client cohesively, and goes the extra mile to ensure full customer satisfaction. We provide you with specifications, approval drawings, installation and owner’s manual and even employee equipment training.


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Proper Loading Dock Equipment Selection
Contact us today for help you with proper loading dock equipment selection for your loading dock equipment application. We can help you in properly select and specify dock seals, dock shelters, rail shelters, dock levelers; hydraulic dock levelers and mechanical dock levelers, truck restraints, and your loading dock equipment needs, to meet your unique needs.