Solutions to the five most common loading-dock problems

Problems with your loading and unloading dock? At Alapont Logistics Solutions, we’ve put together a list of the five most common issues that our customers experience in their company loading and unloading bays. We’ll then explain the solutions to these problems, which may come in handy if you’re company is experiencing one of them. If you need more assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us so we can take a closer look at your problem and find the best way to solve it.

1. Sectional doors worn down by friction with trucks

Sectional doors industrial settings will often become worn down, especially on the last meter before the floor, as a result of trucks rubbing against their sides during the loading and unloading of goods. Continuous friction can eventually cause the door to malfunction, especially if it takes place in an area with frequent movement.
One solution to avoid this is to install a protection system in front of the area at risk, such as bollards. This way, forklifts and pallet trucks won’t impact the door, preventing possible future malfunctions. For further protection, we also recommend using accessories that will prolong the lifespan of your loading area, increase safety and improve efficiency.

sectional doors

2. Deterioration of loading dock welds

If the welds on your loading dock have deteriorated, it could entail a severe risk for operators that work on it. If maintenance isn’t carried out and the five welds that hydraulic levellers typically have end up loosening, they could break away from the platform and cause accidents.
Proper use and care of the leveller is vital for prolonging its operational lifespan. The vast majority of cases where there is excessive and premature wear are down to improper use. Especially when the load is dragged across the surface, for example, instead of unloading the goods using palets or elevating them off the ground. You can find all the information you need about maintaining it via the following link.

welds on loading dock
welds on your loading dock have deteriorated

3. I need to renovate the loading area, but I don’t know the leveller’s measurement or manufacturer

One of the most common headaches in warehouses or logistic centres is needing to change or renovation the leveller in the loading area and not knowing its brand, or the time wasted looking for a leveller with the right dimensions to fit the gap left behind. Once manufactured, Alapont Logistics custom levellers only take a day to be installed. As it fits perfectly into the existing space, there is no need for any works. This also provides a considerable saving, both in the economic sense and in terms of production, as operations don’t need to be paused.

Loading dock levellers Custom -made
Loading dock levellers Custom -made

4. The hinges on my leveller’s folding lip break easily

Unlike the competition, Alapont Logistics manufactures all of its hydraulic levellers with welded hinges. This is essential, as they would otherwise come apart easily. The problem with hinges is that, until they break, there’s no sign that they need to be changed. That’s why preventive checks are of vital importance. This way, you’ll avoid having to pause production while the folding lip is repaired. Maintenance will save you not just time, but money, as repairing hinges will always be more expensive than regularly checking them.

ramp lip hinge detail

5. I don’t know what truck protection bumper to choose to prolong my loading dock’s operational lifespan

Due to the function and use of protection bumpers, they must be durable and resistant, which is why they’re made from materials capable of withstanding and absorbing impacts from trucks. At Alapont Logistics, we offer a range of protection bumper models for loading docks, featuring all the necessary guarantees for users. Bumpers come in a variety of forms, such as steel, rubber, mobile and square-shaped.

It’s essential to choose the right model for you and ensure its proper maintenance. Alapont Logistics recommends installing a metal bumper, as it’s more capable of vertical displacement, in line with the truck’s movements. This reduces friction with the vehicle and, as a result, the bumper suffers from less wear and tear. You can view the different models available by clicking the following link.

protection buffers for loading docks
Protection buffers for loading docks

Have we solved your problem? If not, Get in touch with us and we’ll take an in-depth look at your case to find the best possible solution.

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