At every loading dock in your facility, there’s a door opening of probably eight or more feet in width and height. But have you ever paused to ask yourself what problems these large openings pose in terms of the safety, security and quality of your warehouse, the materials you handle and the personnel who work there?
From letting in inclement weather and unhygienic vermin to losing the effects of climate and security controls, docking bays can be the source of a host of problems when not sealed tightly and appropriately during the course of loading and unloading.
For this reason, dock seals, frames and shelters offer a wide variety of protection choices based on the demands and configurations of your loading docks. Regardless of which style you choose, once correctly installed and used, loading dock frames and seals reduce numerous risks to your facility, inventory and personnel.
Benefits of Dock Seals and Dock Shelters
If you spend money to heat, cool or otherwise control the environment of your internal warehouse space, you already understand one of the substantial cost-saving benefits of properly sealing your loading docks while in use. Many warehouse owners even report that the savings associated with lower energy bills from dock seals and shelters eventually add up to well over their original investment.
In addition to the ROI from energy savings, dock sealing results in a much safer work environment when rain and other forms of precipitation are prevented from entering the loading bay. The reduction in slips and falls alone makes for a far more productive working atmosphere. And in addition to increased safety, once the open trailer of a truck becomes a sealed extension of the warehouse, the resulting climate control also adds to worker safety and productivity.
The secure protection of goods and personnel is another benefit that shouldn’t be overlooked. A fully functioning dock sealing system protects your inventory from harsh weather and limits unauthorized access to your loading docks.
Selecting Dock Seals, Frames, and Shelters
Loading dock seals offer protection by having the rear of a trailer meet a compression material that’s usually constructed from abrasion-resistant foam and fabric. The result is the creation of a seal between the rear of the trailer and the building.
Dock frames and shelters operate by providing a framed extension attached to the loading bay that the trailer backs into. In most truck shelter constructions, a type of material like a heavy curtain seals the side walls and the top of the rear of the trailer.
When determining which style of docking system is right for your needs, there are several factors to consider. Everything from the gradient of approach and docking height to wall materials and door size around bays should be taken into account. Most importantly, you want to work with an experienced company like McCall Handling that can offer you the advice and expertise you need to make the right docking style choice.
McCall Handling Means Quality Loading Dock Solutions
For over 65 years, we’ve been serving the Mid-Atlantic region’s material handling needs. Simply contact us today to learn more about which docking solution would be right for you.