How to: Improving your goods in/out operations

October 30, 2014 by Kirsty Adams
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Loading bay trends, preventative maintenance and bay renovation were all featured in our October issue. See below four reasons to consider improving your operations -  in and out.

sara LBS renovates loading bays at food DC

sara LBS has been brought in to renovate 40+ loading bays at a vacant food distribution centre in Leicestershire.

A vacant food distribution centre in Leicestershire has been undergoing a process of refurbishment and modernisation in order to bring it back up to an operational standard. Part of the work involved renovating the 40+ loading bays to make sure that they provide efficient loading/unloading, whilst helping to protect the thermal efficiency of the building. sara LBS was contracted to retro-fit new, high quality dock shelters to each of the building’s loading bays...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: sara LBS renovates loading bays at food DC

Loading bay trends

In this exclusive interview with Neil Davis, vice president of Western Europe at Assa Abloy Entrance Systems, we discuss how industry trends impact on loading bay operations.

SHD: What trends/changes to the industry have impacted on the type of entrance systems we see in the warehouse?
Neil: The rise in e-tailing has certainly made a difference to the distribution centre. There is a distinct difference between RDC to RDC traffic and DC to Customer. Some larger operators are employing double-deck vehicles for overnight trunking between their hubs, with the rise in taller trailers requiring dedicated, properly equipped bays and specialist equipment. Home delivery vehicles are loaded from stations which must be capable of servicing low-beds/7.5tn/smaller HGV’s, making one bay for both types a specialist commodity. Every operation seems to be different, with unique requirements demanding very different systems and equipment, or more flexible equipment. The Crawford Combidock is one solution, being longer than a standard dock leveller to cope with bigger height differences as well as having retractable tangs to enable safe contact with narrow bed vans...


Weighing systems ensure flts operate within lifting capacity

RDS Technology is offering a range of on-board weighing systems for fork lift trucks, ensuring they operate within their lifting capacity.

RDS Technology’s Liftalert, Liftlog 100 and Liftlog 100+ systems offer load monitoring and weighing functions with an internal alarm to warn when load threshold is approached and at the overload point. The Liftlog 100+ also offers a totalising feature, making it ideal for applications where multiple pallets are to be check-weighed or loading storage systems where weight limits are to be adhered to...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Weighing systems ensure flts operate within lifting capacity

Preventative maintenance provides benefits to logistics companies

Industrial and garage door manufacturer Hörmann explains how investing in preventative maintenance services can help greatly improve logistics companies’ day-to-day functions and provide long-term financial gains.

As goods processing operations become leaner, businesses have come to rely on a more sophisticated loading bay. Systems and equipment therefore need to be flexible and adaptable for maximum efficiency, but importantly deliver a high level of safety at all times. Increased efficiencies in the industry are often sought through greater integration of loading bay structures and equipment, meaning that all components, such as doors, dock levellers, traffic control systems and safety devices need to be operating in a consistently smooth and competent manner...

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Preventative maintenance provides benefits to logistics companies

See more articles on goods in/out in the February issue of SHD Logistics.

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