Blog / Loading dock safety and dock seal fire.

Blog / Loading dock safety and dock seal fire.

Loading dock safety and dock seal fire : Loading Dock Safety, How to Achieve It ? Warehouses are large, open rooms or structures commonly used to receive, organize, store, and ship goods to customers or other facilities. Most warehouses have a loading dock where trucks can be loaded for shipment of finished goods. High noise levels, limited visibility, use of heavy equipment, and 24 hour operations can make warehouses and loading docks extremely dangerous work areas. To safely work in this environment, employees should be properly trained to recognize and avoid common hazards.The number of loading dock fires has severely increased in the last couple of decades. At first, nobody knew the exact cause of their occurrence, or if they did, they were clearly wrong. The first scenario that made sense was that loading dock fires were caused by trucks or trailers that had damaged lights. It made perfect sense at the time. The fires would start only when the vehicles were docked and with their engines on. It was thought that the bulb filament made contact with the seal, which was made of polyurethane foam, vinyl, or Hypalon. All of these are flammable, so it was easy to draw this conclusion. The real cause of loading dock fire. However, fire investigators have made a surprising discovery. A loading dock seal fire would not start only from damaged lights. Quite the contrary actually. Most of the vehicles had perfectly functional ones. So what would cause the flames? It was indeed the lights at fault, but not for the reason people initially thought. It seems that they would concentrate a... read more

Blog /commercial sky lights

Commercial sky lights: Why sky light ? Daylighting through the roof of commercial buildings provides benefits that no other light source can offer and save on energy . There are different types of sky lights for commercial and household applications. Solar Powered  Sky lights Solar powered skylight eatures a solar panel that captures available daylight and uses it to recharge a highly efficient, fully concealed battery powered operator and control system. This operator is the power source that opens and closes the skylight. Electric Powered sky light Electric powered skylight is the perfect daylighting solution for overhead applications. It allows for abundant natural light, and with the touch of a button, opens to let in fresh air. And if you forget to close it, a rain sensor will shut the skylight during inclement weather. Manual sky light Manual sky light skylight enables any  homes to embrace the best of what nature has to offer. Opening for maximum fresh air, this venting skylight contributes to a home’s proper moisture balance and comfort level by allowing stale, humid air to be released. Fixed skylight Fixed sky light  designed for deck mounted installations, are perfect for visually expanding areas such as hallways, stairwells, and other closed-in, dark spaces that can be transformed with light and sky views. Door and Dock solutions will work with you to design a skylight system that satisfies your creative imagination as well as your budget. All our products are designed to meet local building codes and are fabricated with high quality materials to ensure durability.Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commercial... read more
Blog/ Common  Door Issues

Blog/ Common Door Issues

Common  Door Issues: There are so many reason for most common door problems let us go through some of them, Commercial garage doors are quite similar to the residential garage doors, in respect to the function and operation. Since both of them are used several times in a day, its important to maintain them properly to avoid any performance issues. Unfortunately, a single faulty door element can degrade the performance of the entire door. Since a business needs extra security and safety . *Door fails to open Most possibly, all commercial or industrial garage doors are quite heavy and large compared to the residential ones. They have strong cables and torsion springs on both the door sides to handle the heavy weight. Broken springs or cables can compel the door to fail, when its tried to lift up or down. If your business door is not at all opening up, get it repaired by professional door service company. * Doors Making Noises The wheel tracks, hinges and bearings for a garage door need to be well lubricated in order to work consistently, otherwise, the doors can become jammed or otherwise won’t function in the proper manner. In addition, obstructions within the tracks sometimes can create garage door issues. However, these happen, professionals should be brought in to make adjustments and check that the bolts are properly tightened. *Power Failure Power failure is a common problem that every automatic door goes through. If your door is in a good condition, but still not operating, the reason may be low or no power supply. All automatic doors need interrupted power supply... read more
Blog/ Choosing right Dock leveler

Blog/ Choosing right Dock leveler

Choosing right Dock leveler : Today selecting the right dock leveler for your facility can be more complicated than ever. New models are introduced very  frequently. Truck designs are changing. Productivity is critical to any industry. Safety is becoming an even bigger issue at docks. There are now three basic type of dock levelers. Mechanical, Hydraulic and Air powered levelers. Each leveler has its place depending upon the application. There are distinct differences between each type. Before you select a leveler for your facility. Your specific need and application Safety Electric or gas powered forklift Easy of Operation Maintenance Reliability/ Durability Support Short levelers can limit your capabilities. If your leveler is too short , a steep incline or decline can created . In addition to being unsafe for the forklift driver, this can cause several materiel handling problems, including an inadequate amount of lip on the trailer bed , more wear and tear on forklift and the leveler, slower operations , and  “ equipment that hang up on the crown” . That point where the leveler deck and lip come together. Safety : For the lift truck operator, ramps and inclines, overhead obstructions, dissimilar surfaces often wet and slippery, poor lighting in trailers, other vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, restricted views, sheer drops, trailer creep, congested staging areas, and accumulations of empty containers, pallets, and debris are hazards which can all be present at the same time within a very confined area.  While OSHA does require training of lift truck operators on these types of hazards, many operations fail in providing detailed hazard assessment, operational procedures, and day to day... read more
Blog / Commercial door Vs  Residential garage door

Blog / Commercial door Vs Residential garage door

Commercial Vs Residential garage door :     The residential market is more directly impacted by energy standards, such as those of the  ” ENERGY STAR” Program. These are regularly updated and often come with federal tax breaks for homeowners. Additionally, homeowners immediately benefit from the energy bill savings and more comfortable indoor environments associated with efficient windows and doors. More In the commercial market for  doors, adaption of energy efficient products has been slower – building owners typically pay for  door replacements or upgrades, while building tenants reap the benefits of lower energy costs. However, environmental friendliness is becoming a greater priority, and products available for the commercial market come with a wide variety of technologies and certification programs. Commercial building owners and tenants increasingly want to be perceived as environmentally friendly companies. Energy conservation is important, particularly when it can also save costs on long term.    A residential garage door has to look nice. That is one of the honest reasons that there is a split in the market. If you go to a mechanic garage or a shipping warehouse their garage doors are going to look extremely different from the ones you are used to seeing on your home. When you go to these businesses however you will probably not think twice about them looking out of place at all. You won’t judge a business on the plainness of their garage door and how it doesn’t really go with the rest of the building, because it doesn’t make sense for them to really worry about that when they are getting a garage door installed. On the other... read more
Blog/ Five ways to   reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility

Blog/ Five ways to reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility

Five ways to   Reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility : [1]  Increase trailer volume / weight capacity [2]  Increase dock capacity [3]  Increase loading speed [4]  Increase safety in dock service area [5]   Increase the energy efficient thermal barrier at dock  door .  Increase Trailer volume With legal and practical limit to the height [ 13’ 6” ]  and length of trailers [ 75’ ]  and width restrictions [ 8’ 6” ]  , the only opportunity to grow trailer capacity is to lower the bed. To achieve  that goal   low profile tires  &  Air ride suspension are  options .  Trucks using low profile tires are becoming increasingly common today. The old standard 24” wheel has been replaced by 22.5” wheel  This trend means lower trailer bed heights as much as 5” to 8 “ lower. However capacity is still restricted  by  how much additional weight can be carried within posted road  gross vehicle weight[ GVW] Limits. And Air ride how it work ? Air suspension is a type of vehicle suspension powered by an engine driven Electric air pump or compressor. Using an air Suspension Compressor, it will turn on to fill the air bags when needed. This pump pressurizes the air, using compressed air as a spring. An air suspension dryer is attached directly to the compressor. The function of the air dryer is to capture the moisture that is released when the air is compressed. Air suspension replaces conventional steel springs. With a height sensor the vehicle height can be determined. Working together, the air compressor and computer will allow the proper amount of air... read more
Factors to consider when choosing a commercial / Industrial door installation and service company I

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial / Industrial door installation and service company I

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial/ industrial  door installation and service company : When it comes to keeping your commercial doors working and in good condition, you need to find a reputable door service and installation company you can trust by your side. Generally, these companies provide a complete range of services ranging from installation all the way through to repairs and maintenance. However, with several Commercial door installation companies on the market, it’s important you choose the right one to ensure they are the right match for your business. Don’t know what you should be looking for? Well, read on!  Reputability :  First of all, you need to ensure the commercial door installation company has a good reputation in your area. Whether you are looking to install overhead coiling doors, cold storage doors, sectional overhead doors or something else, you would want the company to have a good reputation to provide you high quality workmanship you seek. Asking other businesses or building owners located in your area for their recommendations can prove useful. After all, they obviously won’t recommend a company unless they have had a great experience with them! Or, if not that, pulling out your laptop and surfing the internet is another way. There are several reviews about companies online, which can give you a better idea of what to expect. Expertise:  The next step is to ascertain whether the commercial door installation company has extensive experience and knowledge of what they do. They must be able to supply, install, maintain and repair all kinds of commercial doors. Not only this, it’s also important these... read more
Blog/ Preventive Maintenance

Blog/ Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance : Electric Operators : • Inspect drive belts & mounting brackets • Inspect brake & clutch assembly • Inspect gear box, sprockets & drive chains • Inspect limit switches & trolley rails • Inspect push button assembly • Make any additional needed adjustments Hydraulic Dock Levelers : • Inspect & adjust hydraulic power pack • Inspect complete structure & hinged lip • Check hydraulic cylinders • Remove all debris from pit • Oil & lubricate all pivot points • Inspect rubber dock bumpers Mechanical Dock Levelers : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Adjust lip assist tension (if needed) • Inspect the structural frame & hinged lip • Remove all debris from pit • Oil & lubricate all pivot points • Inspect rubber dock bumpers Overhead Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate roller & track system • Inspect & adjust hinge hardware • Inspect lifting cables • Inspect bearing plates & shaft assembly • Adjust weather seal & tracks (if needed) Passage Doors & Hardware : • Inspect door frame, hinges, and perimeter weather seal • Inspect lock set/ panic bar/ thumb piece etc • Inspect door closer, threshold, sweeps, bolts • Clean and lubricate (if needed) • Make any necessary adjustments (if needed) Rolling Steel Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate bearings • Inspect & adjust slat hardware • Inspect chain hoist or electric operator • Inspect bearing plates & shaft assembly • Adjust weather seal & tracks (if needed) Rubber / High-Speed Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate bearing • Inspect and... read more
Dock leveler design, Install, Capacity

Dock leveler design, Install, Capacity

Dock Leveler Install / Design and Capacity     A   Importance of proper installations for loading dock  equipment A very high percentage of field issues with loading dock equipment can be directly attributed to improper or incomplete installation as well as a lack of proper maintenance. The equipment design is a result of significant engineering and development efforts. The designs have been proven in real world loading dock environments to be extremely reliable. Deficient installations and / or poor maintenance will result in compromised function and operation of the equipment. In some cases it can result in damage or worse, create a safety hazard. Some errors or oversights we experience on a consistent basis are: Not following the supplied installation instructions. It is important to follow and complete every step of the documented process. Assuming the installation of equipment is the same as the installation of a different manufacturer. This issue is more prevalent with experienced installers, accustom to installing another manufacturer’s product. While similarities exist between all manufacturers of dock equipment, no two are identical. Assuming  equipment follows the same installation procedures as a different manufacturer is an unnecessary and potentially costly mistake. Missing the vertical weld on dock leveler back frame angle. The vertical weld is important to the installation. It is important that it be made. Missing the requirement to remove the shipping bracket tab on the front frame of the dock leveler. Missing the requirement to remove the angle on the dock leveler frame used for fork truck handling during shipping. Missing the installation of shims to support the dock leveler. Shims are required to be... read more
Blog / Loading dock safety and dock seal fire.

Blog / Loading dock safety and dock seal fire.

Loading dock safety and dock seal fire : Loading Dock Safety, How to Achieve It ? Warehouses are large, open rooms or structures commonly used to receive, organize, store, and ship goods to customers or other facilities. Most warehouses have a loading dock where trucks can be loaded for shipment of finished goods. High noise levels, limited visibility, use of heavy equipment, and 24 hour operations can make warehouses and loading docks extremely dangerous work areas. To safely work in this environment, employees should be properly trained to recognize and avoid common hazards.The number of loading dock fires has severely increased in the last couple of decades. At first, nobody knew the exact cause of their occurrence, or if they did, they were clearly wrong. The first scenario that made sense was that loading dock fires were caused by trucks or trailers that had damaged lights. It made perfect sense at the time. The fires would start only when the vehicles were docked and with their engines on. It was thought that the bulb filament made contact with the seal, which was made of polyurethane foam, vinyl, or Hypalon. All of these are flammable, so it was easy to draw this conclusion. The real cause of loading dock fire. However, fire investigators have made a surprising discovery. A loading dock seal fire would not start only from damaged lights. Quite the contrary actually. Most of the vehicles had perfectly functional ones. So what would cause the flames? It was indeed the lights at fault, but not for the reason people initially thought. It seems that they would concentrate a... read more

Blog /commercial sky lights

Commercial sky lights: Why sky light ? Daylighting through the roof of commercial buildings provides benefits that no other light source can offer and save on energy . There are different types of sky lights for commercial and household applications. Solar Powered  Sky lights Solar powered skylight eatures a solar panel that captures available daylight and uses it to recharge a highly efficient, fully concealed battery powered operator and control system. This operator is the power source that opens and closes the skylight. Electric Powered sky light Electric powered skylight is the perfect daylighting solution for overhead applications. It allows for abundant natural light, and with the touch of a button, opens to let in fresh air. And if you forget to close it, a rain sensor will shut the skylight during inclement weather. Manual sky light Manual sky light skylight enables any  homes to embrace the best of what nature has to offer. Opening for maximum fresh air, this venting skylight contributes to a home’s proper moisture balance and comfort level by allowing stale, humid air to be released. Fixed skylight Fixed sky light  designed for deck mounted installations, are perfect for visually expanding areas such as hallways, stairwells, and other closed-in, dark spaces that can be transformed with light and sky views. Door and Dock solutions will work with you to design a skylight system that satisfies your creative imagination as well as your budget. All our products are designed to meet local building codes and are fabricated with high quality materials to ensure durability.Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commercial... read more
Blog/ Common  Door Issues

Blog/ Common Door Issues

Common  Door Issues: There are so many reason for most common door problems let us go through some of them, Commercial garage doors are quite similar to the residential garage doors, in respect to the function and operation. Since both of them are used several times in a day, its important to maintain them properly to avoid any performance issues. Unfortunately, a single faulty door element can degrade the performance of the entire door. Since a business needs extra security and safety . *Door fails to open Most possibly, all commercial or industrial garage doors are quite heavy and large compared to the residential ones. They have strong cables and torsion springs on both the door sides to handle the heavy weight. Broken springs or cables can compel the door to fail, when its tried to lift up or down. If your business door is not at all opening up, get it repaired by professional door service company. * Doors Making Noises The wheel tracks, hinges and bearings for a garage door need to be well lubricated in order to work consistently, otherwise, the doors can become jammed or otherwise won’t function in the proper manner. In addition, obstructions within the tracks sometimes can create garage door issues. However, these happen, professionals should be brought in to make adjustments and check that the bolts are properly tightened. *Power Failure Power failure is a common problem that every automatic door goes through. If your door is in a good condition, but still not operating, the reason may be low or no power supply. All automatic doors need interrupted power supply... read more
Blog/ Choosing right Dock leveler

Blog/ Choosing right Dock leveler

Choosing right Dock leveler : Today selecting the right dock leveler for your facility can be more complicated than ever. New models are introduced very  frequently. Truck designs are changing. Productivity is critical to any industry. Safety is becoming an even bigger issue at docks. There are now three basic type of dock levelers. Mechanical, Hydraulic and Air powered levelers. Each leveler has its place depending upon the application. There are distinct differences between each type. Before you select a leveler for your facility. Your specific need and application Safety Electric or gas powered forklift Easy of Operation Maintenance Reliability/ Durability Support Short levelers can limit your capabilities. If your leveler is too short , a steep incline or decline can created . In addition to being unsafe for the forklift driver, this can cause several materiel handling problems, including an inadequate amount of lip on the trailer bed , more wear and tear on forklift and the leveler, slower operations , and  “ equipment that hang up on the crown” . That point where the leveler deck and lip come together. Safety : For the lift truck operator, ramps and inclines, overhead obstructions, dissimilar surfaces often wet and slippery, poor lighting in trailers, other vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, restricted views, sheer drops, trailer creep, congested staging areas, and accumulations of empty containers, pallets, and debris are hazards which can all be present at the same time within a very confined area.  While OSHA does require training of lift truck operators on these types of hazards, many operations fail in providing detailed hazard assessment, operational procedures, and day to day... read more
Blog / Commercial door Vs  Residential garage door

Blog / Commercial door Vs Residential garage door

Commercial Vs Residential garage door :     The residential market is more directly impacted by energy standards, such as those of the  ” ENERGY STAR” Program. These are regularly updated and often come with federal tax breaks for homeowners. Additionally, homeowners immediately benefit from the energy bill savings and more comfortable indoor environments associated with efficient windows and doors. More In the commercial market for  doors, adaption of energy efficient products has been slower – building owners typically pay for  door replacements or upgrades, while building tenants reap the benefits of lower energy costs. However, environmental friendliness is becoming a greater priority, and products available for the commercial market come with a wide variety of technologies and certification programs. Commercial building owners and tenants increasingly want to be perceived as environmentally friendly companies. Energy conservation is important, particularly when it can also save costs on long term.    A residential garage door has to look nice. That is one of the honest reasons that there is a split in the market. If you go to a mechanic garage or a shipping warehouse their garage doors are going to look extremely different from the ones you are used to seeing on your home. When you go to these businesses however you will probably not think twice about them looking out of place at all. You won’t judge a business on the plainness of their garage door and how it doesn’t really go with the rest of the building, because it doesn’t make sense for them to really worry about that when they are getting a garage door installed. On the other... read more
Blog/ Five ways to   reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility

Blog/ Five ways to reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility

Five ways to   Reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility : [1]  Increase trailer volume / weight capacity [2]  Increase dock capacity [3]  Increase loading speed [4]  Increase safety in dock service area [5]   Increase the energy efficient thermal barrier at dock  door .  Increase Trailer volume With legal and practical limit to the height [ 13’ 6” ]  and length of trailers [ 75’ ]  and width restrictions [ 8’ 6” ]  , the only opportunity to grow trailer capacity is to lower the bed. To achieve  that goal   low profile tires  &  Air ride suspension are  options .  Trucks using low profile tires are becoming increasingly common today. The old standard 24” wheel has been replaced by 22.5” wheel  This trend means lower trailer bed heights as much as 5” to 8 “ lower. However capacity is still restricted  by  how much additional weight can be carried within posted road  gross vehicle weight[ GVW] Limits. And Air ride how it work ? Air suspension is a type of vehicle suspension powered by an engine driven Electric air pump or compressor. Using an air Suspension Compressor, it will turn on to fill the air bags when needed. This pump pressurizes the air, using compressed air as a spring. An air suspension dryer is attached directly to the compressor. The function of the air dryer is to capture the moisture that is released when the air is compressed. Air suspension replaces conventional steel springs. With a height sensor the vehicle height can be determined. Working together, the air compressor and computer will allow the proper amount of air... read more
Factors to consider when choosing a commercial / Industrial door installation and service company I

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial / Industrial door installation and service company I

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial/ industrial  door installation and service company : When it comes to keeping your commercial doors working and in good condition, you need to find a reputable door service and installation company you can trust by your side. Generally, these companies provide a complete range of services ranging from installation all the way through to repairs and maintenance. However, with several Commercial door installation companies on the market, it’s important you choose the right one to ensure they are the right match for your business. Don’t know what you should be looking for? Well, read on!  Reputability :  First of all, you need to ensure the commercial door installation company has a good reputation in your area. Whether you are looking to install overhead coiling doors, cold storage doors, sectional overhead doors or something else, you would want the company to have a good reputation to provide you high quality workmanship you seek. Asking other businesses or building owners located in your area for their recommendations can prove useful. After all, they obviously won’t recommend a company unless they have had a great experience with them! Or, if not that, pulling out your laptop and surfing the internet is another way. There are several reviews about companies online, which can give you a better idea of what to expect. Expertise:  The next step is to ascertain whether the commercial door installation company has extensive experience and knowledge of what they do. They must be able to supply, install, maintain and repair all kinds of commercial doors. Not only this, it’s also important these... read more
Blog/ Preventive Maintenance

Blog/ Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance : Electric Operators : • Inspect drive belts & mounting brackets • Inspect brake & clutch assembly • Inspect gear box, sprockets & drive chains • Inspect limit switches & trolley rails • Inspect push button assembly • Make any additional needed adjustments Hydraulic Dock Levelers : • Inspect & adjust hydraulic power pack • Inspect complete structure & hinged lip • Check hydraulic cylinders • Remove all debris from pit • Oil & lubricate all pivot points • Inspect rubber dock bumpers Mechanical Dock Levelers : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Adjust lip assist tension (if needed) • Inspect the structural frame & hinged lip • Remove all debris from pit • Oil & lubricate all pivot points • Inspect rubber dock bumpers Overhead Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate roller & track system • Inspect & adjust hinge hardware • Inspect lifting cables • Inspect bearing plates & shaft assembly • Adjust weather seal & tracks (if needed) Passage Doors & Hardware : • Inspect door frame, hinges, and perimeter weather seal • Inspect lock set/ panic bar/ thumb piece etc • Inspect door closer, threshold, sweeps, bolts • Clean and lubricate (if needed) • Make any necessary adjustments (if needed) Rolling Steel Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate bearings • Inspect & adjust slat hardware • Inspect chain hoist or electric operator • Inspect bearing plates & shaft assembly • Adjust weather seal & tracks (if needed) Rubber / High-Speed Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate bearing • Inspect and... read more
Dock leveler design, Install, Capacity

Dock leveler design, Install, Capacity

Dock Leveler Install / Design and Capacity     A   Importance of proper installations for loading dock  equipment A very high percentage of field issues with loading dock equipment can be directly attributed to improper or incomplete installation as well as a lack of proper maintenance. The equipment design is a result of significant engineering and development efforts. The designs have been proven in real world loading dock environments to be extremely reliable. Deficient installations and / or poor maintenance will result in compromised function and operation of the equipment. In some cases it can result in damage or worse, create a safety hazard. Some errors or oversights we experience on a consistent basis are: Not following the supplied installation instructions. It is important to follow and complete every step of the documented process. Assuming the installation of equipment is the same as the installation of a different manufacturer. This issue is more prevalent with experienced installers, accustom to installing another manufacturer’s product. While similarities exist between all manufacturers of dock equipment, no two are identical. Assuming  equipment follows the same installation procedures as a different manufacturer is an unnecessary and potentially costly mistake. Missing the vertical weld on dock leveler back frame angle. The vertical weld is important to the installation. It is important that it be made. Missing the requirement to remove the shipping bracket tab on the front frame of the dock leveler. Missing the requirement to remove the angle on the dock leveler frame used for fork truck handling during shipping. Missing the installation of shims to support the dock leveler. Shims are required to be... read more
Blog / Loading dock safety and dock seal fire.

Blog / Loading dock safety and dock seal fire.

Loading dock safety and dock seal fire : Loading Dock Safety, How to Achieve It ? Warehouses are large, open rooms or structures commonly used to receive, organize, store, and ship goods to customers or other facilities. Most warehouses have a loading dock where trucks can be loaded for shipment of finished goods. High noise levels, limited visibility, use of heavy equipment, and 24 hour operations can make warehouses and loading docks extremely dangerous work areas. To safely work in this environment, employees should be properly trained to recognize and avoid common hazards.The number of loading dock fires has severely increased in the last couple of decades. At first, nobody knew the exact cause of their occurrence, or if they did, they were clearly wrong. The first scenario that made sense was that loading dock fires were caused by trucks or trailers that had damaged lights. It made perfect sense at the time. The fires would start only when the vehicles were docked and with their engines on. It was thought that the bulb filament made contact with the seal, which was made of polyurethane foam, vinyl, or Hypalon. All of these are flammable, so it was easy to draw this conclusion. The real cause of loading dock fire. However, fire investigators have made a surprising discovery. A loading dock seal fire would not start only from damaged lights. Quite the contrary actually. Most of the vehicles had perfectly functional ones. So what would cause the flames? It was indeed the lights at fault, but not for the reason people initially thought. It seems that they would concentrate a... read more

Blog /commercial sky lights

Commercial sky lights: Why sky light ? Daylighting through the roof of commercial buildings provides benefits that no other light source can offer and save on energy . There are different types of sky lights for commercial and household applications. Solar Powered  Sky lights Solar powered skylight eatures a solar panel that captures available daylight and uses it to recharge a highly efficient, fully concealed battery powered operator and control system. This operator is the power source that opens and closes the skylight. Electric Powered sky light Electric powered skylight is the perfect daylighting solution for overhead applications. It allows for abundant natural light, and with the touch of a button, opens to let in fresh air. And if you forget to close it, a rain sensor will shut the skylight during inclement weather. Manual sky light Manual sky light skylight enables any  homes to embrace the best of what nature has to offer. Opening for maximum fresh air, this venting skylight contributes to a home’s proper moisture balance and comfort level by allowing stale, humid air to be released. Fixed skylight Fixed sky light  designed for deck mounted installations, are perfect for visually expanding areas such as hallways, stairwells, and other closed-in, dark spaces that can be transformed with light and sky views. Door and Dock solutions will work with you to design a skylight system that satisfies your creative imagination as well as your budget. All our products are designed to meet local building codes and are fabricated with high quality materials to ensure durability.Artificial lighting is one of the largest sources of energy consumption in commercial... read more
Blog/ Common  Door Issues

Blog/ Common Door Issues

Common  Door Issues: There are so many reason for most common door problems let us go through some of them, Commercial garage doors are quite similar to the residential garage doors, in respect to the function and operation. Since both of them are used several times in a day, its important to maintain them properly to avoid any performance issues. Unfortunately, a single faulty door element can degrade the performance of the entire door. Since a business needs extra security and safety . *Door fails to open Most possibly, all commercial or industrial garage doors are quite heavy and large compared to the residential ones. They have strong cables and torsion springs on both the door sides to handle the heavy weight. Broken springs or cables can compel the door to fail, when its tried to lift up or down. If your business door is not at all opening up, get it repaired by professional door service company. * Doors Making Noises The wheel tracks, hinges and bearings for a garage door need to be well lubricated in order to work consistently, otherwise, the doors can become jammed or otherwise won’t function in the proper manner. In addition, obstructions within the tracks sometimes can create garage door issues. However, these happen, professionals should be brought in to make adjustments and check that the bolts are properly tightened. *Power Failure Power failure is a common problem that every automatic door goes through. If your door is in a good condition, but still not operating, the reason may be low or no power supply. All automatic doors need interrupted power supply... read more
Blog/ Choosing right Dock leveler

Blog/ Choosing right Dock leveler

Choosing right Dock leveler : Today selecting the right dock leveler for your facility can be more complicated than ever. New models are introduced very  frequently. Truck designs are changing. Productivity is critical to any industry. Safety is becoming an even bigger issue at docks. There are now three basic type of dock levelers. Mechanical, Hydraulic and Air powered levelers. Each leveler has its place depending upon the application. There are distinct differences between each type. Before you select a leveler for your facility. Your specific need and application Safety Electric or gas powered forklift Easy of Operation Maintenance Reliability/ Durability Support Short levelers can limit your capabilities. If your leveler is too short , a steep incline or decline can created . In addition to being unsafe for the forklift driver, this can cause several materiel handling problems, including an inadequate amount of lip on the trailer bed , more wear and tear on forklift and the leveler, slower operations , and  “ equipment that hang up on the crown” . That point where the leveler deck and lip come together. Safety : For the lift truck operator, ramps and inclines, overhead obstructions, dissimilar surfaces often wet and slippery, poor lighting in trailers, other vehicular traffic, pedestrian traffic, restricted views, sheer drops, trailer creep, congested staging areas, and accumulations of empty containers, pallets, and debris are hazards which can all be present at the same time within a very confined area.  While OSHA does require training of lift truck operators on these types of hazards, many operations fail in providing detailed hazard assessment, operational procedures, and day to day... read more
Blog / Commercial door Vs  Residential garage door

Blog / Commercial door Vs Residential garage door

Commercial Vs Residential garage door :     The residential market is more directly impacted by energy standards, such as those of the  ” ENERGY STAR” Program. These are regularly updated and often come with federal tax breaks for homeowners. Additionally, homeowners immediately benefit from the energy bill savings and more comfortable indoor environments associated with efficient windows and doors. More In the commercial market for  doors, adaption of energy efficient products has been slower – building owners typically pay for  door replacements or upgrades, while building tenants reap the benefits of lower energy costs. However, environmental friendliness is becoming a greater priority, and products available for the commercial market come with a wide variety of technologies and certification programs. Commercial building owners and tenants increasingly want to be perceived as environmentally friendly companies. Energy conservation is important, particularly when it can also save costs on long term.    A residential garage door has to look nice. That is one of the honest reasons that there is a split in the market. If you go to a mechanic garage or a shipping warehouse their garage doors are going to look extremely different from the ones you are used to seeing on your home. When you go to these businesses however you will probably not think twice about them looking out of place at all. You won’t judge a business on the plainness of their garage door and how it doesn’t really go with the rest of the building, because it doesn’t make sense for them to really worry about that when they are getting a garage door installed. On the other... read more
Blog/ Five ways to   reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility

Blog/ Five ways to reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility

Five ways to   Reduce costs and increase profitability for distribution facility : [1]  Increase trailer volume / weight capacity [2]  Increase dock capacity [3]  Increase loading speed [4]  Increase safety in dock service area [5]   Increase the energy efficient thermal barrier at dock  door .  Increase Trailer volume With legal and practical limit to the height [ 13’ 6” ]  and length of trailers [ 75’ ]  and width restrictions [ 8’ 6” ]  , the only opportunity to grow trailer capacity is to lower the bed. To achieve  that goal   low profile tires  &  Air ride suspension are  options .  Trucks using low profile tires are becoming increasingly common today. The old standard 24” wheel has been replaced by 22.5” wheel  This trend means lower trailer bed heights as much as 5” to 8 “ lower. However capacity is still restricted  by  how much additional weight can be carried within posted road  gross vehicle weight[ GVW] Limits. And Air ride how it work ? Air suspension is a type of vehicle suspension powered by an engine driven Electric air pump or compressor. Using an air Suspension Compressor, it will turn on to fill the air bags when needed. This pump pressurizes the air, using compressed air as a spring. An air suspension dryer is attached directly to the compressor. The function of the air dryer is to capture the moisture that is released when the air is compressed. Air suspension replaces conventional steel springs. With a height sensor the vehicle height can be determined. Working together, the air compressor and computer will allow the proper amount of air... read more
Factors to consider when choosing a commercial / Industrial door installation and service company I

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial / Industrial door installation and service company I

Factors to consider when choosing a commercial/ industrial  door installation and service company : When it comes to keeping your commercial doors working and in good condition, you need to find a reputable door service and installation company you can trust by your side. Generally, these companies provide a complete range of services ranging from installation all the way through to repairs and maintenance. However, with several Commercial door installation companies on the market, it’s important you choose the right one to ensure they are the right match for your business. Don’t know what you should be looking for? Well, read on!  Reputability :  First of all, you need to ensure the commercial door installation company has a good reputation in your area. Whether you are looking to install overhead coiling doors, cold storage doors, sectional overhead doors or something else, you would want the company to have a good reputation to provide you high quality workmanship you seek. Asking other businesses or building owners located in your area for their recommendations can prove useful. After all, they obviously won’t recommend a company unless they have had a great experience with them! Or, if not that, pulling out your laptop and surfing the internet is another way. There are several reviews about companies online, which can give you a better idea of what to expect. Expertise:  The next step is to ascertain whether the commercial door installation company has extensive experience and knowledge of what they do. They must be able to supply, install, maintain and repair all kinds of commercial doors. Not only this, it’s also important these... read more
Blog/ Preventive Maintenance

Blog/ Preventive Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance : Electric Operators : • Inspect drive belts & mounting brackets • Inspect brake & clutch assembly • Inspect gear box, sprockets & drive chains • Inspect limit switches & trolley rails • Inspect push button assembly • Make any additional needed adjustments Hydraulic Dock Levelers : • Inspect & adjust hydraulic power pack • Inspect complete structure & hinged lip • Check hydraulic cylinders • Remove all debris from pit • Oil & lubricate all pivot points • Inspect rubber dock bumpers Mechanical Dock Levelers : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Adjust lip assist tension (if needed) • Inspect the structural frame & hinged lip • Remove all debris from pit • Oil & lubricate all pivot points • Inspect rubber dock bumpers Overhead Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate roller & track system • Inspect & adjust hinge hardware • Inspect lifting cables • Inspect bearing plates & shaft assembly • Adjust weather seal & tracks (if needed) Passage Doors & Hardware : • Inspect door frame, hinges, and perimeter weather seal • Inspect lock set/ panic bar/ thumb piece etc • Inspect door closer, threshold, sweeps, bolts • Clean and lubricate (if needed) • Make any necessary adjustments (if needed) Rolling Steel Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate bearings • Inspect & adjust slat hardware • Inspect chain hoist or electric operator • Inspect bearing plates & shaft assembly • Adjust weather seal & tracks (if needed) Rubber / High-Speed Doors : • Adjust spring tension (if needed) • Lubricate bearing • Inspect and... read more
Dock leveler design, Install, Capacity

Dock leveler design, Install, Capacity

Dock Leveler Install / Design and Capacity     A   Importance of proper installations for loading dock  equipment A very high percentage of field issues with loading dock equipment can be directly attributed to improper or incomplete installation as well as a lack of proper maintenance. The equipment design is a result of significant engineering and development efforts. The designs have been proven in real world loading dock environments to be extremely reliable. Deficient installations and / or poor maintenance will result in compromised function and operation of the equipment. In some cases it can result in damage or worse, create a safety hazard. Some errors or oversights we experience on a consistent basis are: Not following the supplied installation instructions. It is important to follow and complete every step of the documented process. Assuming the installation of equipment is the same as the installation of a different manufacturer. This issue is more prevalent with experienced installers, accustom to installing another manufacturer’s product. While similarities exist between all manufacturers of dock equipment, no two are identical. Assuming  equipment follows the same installation procedures as a different manufacturer is an unnecessary and potentially costly mistake. Missing the vertical weld on dock leveler back frame angle. The vertical weld is important to the installation. It is important that it be made. Missing the requirement to remove the shipping bracket tab on the front frame of the dock leveler. Missing the requirement to remove the angle on the dock leveler frame used for fork truck handling during shipping. Missing the installation of shims to support the dock leveler. Shims are required to be... read more
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