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How Cross Docking Helps You Save Time and Money

Getting a manufactured product from the facility to the customer’s doorstep as quickly and as cheaply as possible is one of the most important tasks any manufacturer or product distributor faces. By implementing cross docking strategies, your business can save more, deliver faster, and improve overall efficiency across the whole delivery process.   How Cross Docking Works And How It Is Used Most Effectively Cross docking refers to the process of delivering a product from the plant to the customer as directly as possible, and with a minimum amount of handling in between. Not every product or delivery is improved by incorporating cross docking. However, when it works, it can vastly increase efficiency. Cross docking is most effective in the...

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Loading Dock Approach Considerations

Loading docks can frequently involve many moving parts, and different docks can have different approaches. In addition to the level grade approach, a loading dock might have an inclined approach or a decline approach. The steeper the incline or decline, the more likely it is that a company will have loading dock issues. Different types of loading dock approaches have specific problems that must be solved by facility managers. The different dock approach dangers and solutions include:   Decline Approach Dangers The major problem with a decline approach, in which the ground slopes down toward the building, is that the top of the trailer risks striking the building. Dock bumper projection is highly recommended in such circumstances. In some cases,...

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Auto Release Hold Downs Save You Money

  One of the reasons I am proud to distribute Multi-Fab parts is their innovations in the loading dock leveler industry.  I want to draw your attention to the Auto Release mechanisms they engineered for hold-downs.  Air-suspension trailers can cause a lot of wear and tear and damage on loading dock levelers because they move continuously while the trailer is being loaded or unloaded. The most common part of dock levelers that is damaged is the hold-downs, which are specifically designed to prevent trailer pop-ups. The Multi-Fab AR Hold-Down is a high-quality, durable hold-down which has a patented auto-release feature that gives the hold-down a longer life by automatically adjusting to the trailer movements so that excess stress on the dock leveler is alleviated. The...

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The Benefits of Having Spare Parts On Hand

  Some business owners assume that it is more cost-effective to not keep spare parts for their loading dock safety systems, dock levelers, and communications systems on hand. Many facilities – and much of this comes from the accounting department looking at the current bottom line and not at the bigger picture – may risk productivity in the interest of saving the company money in the short-term. If nothing breaks, then you are in good shape. But what if something does break, and you don’t have the spare parts on hand to fix it? What will it cost you compared to the cost of maintaining an inventory of spare parts for your loading docks? Loading docks are the hubs of...

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Loading Dock Separation Accidents: How They Happen

   A loading dock separation accident is one in which a truck moves away from the dock while a forklift operator is unloading or loading the truck. Loading dock separation accidents can cause serious, long-term injuries or, even worse, fatalities for forklift operators. There are four extremely common kinds of loading dock separation accidents that can happen, but preventative safety measures can minimize the risk of them happening in your facility.   Early Departure (Aggressive Pullout) The first common type of loading dock separation accidents is an early departure, also known as an aggressive pullout. This happens when the driver of a truck that is not secured to the loading dock leaves the dock while a forklift operator is in...

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