loading dock

Application Analysis

Having roots in design, engineering and manufacturing was a benefit when we took on something as technical as Dock Equipment. Now almost 20 years later, we continue to see the benefit from the original planning focus, a focus we still put into every job we start.  It may feel like we visit more often, ask more questions, and make more notes, drawings, and measurements than other companies, but performance is the result of preparation, and we are proud of our performance.

We start with an assessment of the location where the new equipment is required, followed up by a review of your positive and negative experiences of the current products.  We then educate ourselves on the characteristics of the building and equipment that will be utilizing the dock equipment.  In the end we will ensure we have gathered enough information to provide a proposal that is focussed on your business.

Here is a list of some of our areas of focus:

  • Building and site characteristics.
  • Loading dock floor elevation.
  • Building setbacks on the foundation.
  • Phase, voltage and location of power.
  • Wall construction and structural integrity.
  • Grade and levelness of the loading dock area.
  • Forklift equipment: weight, dimensions, and point loading. 
  • Dock door placement
  • Dock door size.
  • Dock door centrelines.
  • Transport trucks being used.
  • Are there hydraulic lifts on the trucks.
  • Material flow: receiving and shipping volumes.
  • Productivity objectives.
  • Safety considerations.
  • Special applications requiring special considerations.

It may seem like a long list, but our medium is steel and concrete, so getting it right is a requirement. For a consultation on how we can help you optimize your material handling operations through our Application Analysis service, please contact us.