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HVLS Fan Technology
HVLS fan technology is considered the most effective way to move air
in large spaces. An optimized five ( 5) blade profile can translate to greater
airflow while conserving energy consumption. Circulation is a key objective
in any temperature controlled facility. An HVLS fan creates a gentle yet
massive, cylindrical column of air that flows down to the floor and outward
in all directions, called a horizontal floor jet. It’s an energy smart fan that
moves air evenly for more balanced circulation. The benefits go far beyond
improved circulation, this fan actually helps protect product integrity,
reduce opportunities for spoilage and increase environmental comfort for
employees. The improved airflow also decreases condensation, resulting in
drier, safer floors for employees.
One Control Panel
Integration of equipment is not a new topic but not many people are
aware of the possibilities that exist with a master control panel. This
panel integrates all of your loading dock equipment into just one panel
as opposed to the typical three or more panels provided for each piece of
powered equipment per dock position.
The master control panel ensures that dock equipment operates in
a predetermined sequence and in some cases can help automate that
operation. For example, if the dock doors are open it is because loading or
unloading is taking place. And as soon as loading is complete, the energy
saving dock doors will be shut down as part of the sequence so no unnecessary energy loss will occur.
The same technique applies to your dock lights, your dock levelers, inflatable dock seal or any piece of powered equipment that you have integrated
into your master control panel. If you have pre-determined something to
close or shutdown at a certain point it will do so as part of a sequence and
initiated by the push of the button on your master control panel.
This special sequence increases safety at the dock as well. It can be
programed so that the trailer must be engaged by the vehicle restraint
before any other equipment will operate. The dock leveler can be interlocked with the other dock devices, preventing operation until all the safety
systems are operational and your dock doors are open.
Heightened Supply Chain Senses
Technology and automation are tools that are sure to be part of any
successful loading dock’s future. Visibility is essential to any successful
supply chain. Imagine being able to instantly identify where a trailer is
located out on the yard, being able to tell if the door is open, if the vehicle
restraint is engaged or if a trailer is ready for departure.
A system like this combines the loading dock, the yard and the
warehouse into one comprehensive unit, providing managers with the
visibility, reporting metrics and productivity tools they need to increase
efficiency and profitability. The module-based system makes it easy to
choose just the solutions needed to solve any operation’s challenges.
These modules can easily integrate with existing warehouse management systems and processes.
When it comes to a temperature-controlled loading dock it takes the
right mix of solutions to achieve environmental balance and a prosperous
supply chain. A properly designed loading dock system will enable operations to achieve optimal supply chain efficiency. Product enters and leaves
a facility through this area so the loading dock truly is the beginning (and
in some cases), the end of your supply chain. It pays to show this area
attention and ensure that you have installed best-in-class equipment to
increase productivity, safety and compliance at all times. ◆