Subscribe to our free, weekly email newsletter!


Modular enclosure keeps the loading dock in its place

Sliding curtain walls provide temperature control for warehouse and workers.
By Josh Bond, Associate Editor
June 01, 2013

Cradles to Crayons (C2C) is a non-profit organization serving homeless and low-income children in Boston and Philadelphia. When C2C Boston relocated its “Giving Factory” warehouse and operations center to a new building, they encountered challenges in the loading dock area. Used for truck deliveries and customer drop-offs, the loading dock was open to the rest of the warehouse, creating weather and temperature problems.

In the warehouse, volunteers and staff inspect, sort and package all the donated materials. To keep workers comfortable and productive during the Boston winter, C2C wanted to enclose its loading dock area to help keep the snow, sleet and cold temperatures out. However, C2C also wanted the flexibility to open the area when the weather was nice.

Working with an equipment supplier (Zoneworks, zoneworks.com) and facilities consultants, C2C decided to install a loading dock enclosure consisting of flexible, insulated wall panels constructed with layers of industrial vinyl fabric wrapped around anti-microbial polyester batting.

The loading dock curtain walls have helped C2C keep its volunteers and staff comfortable year round. “We like our cool purple curtain wall more than a traditional wall,” says Sally Sharp Lehman, C2C’s director of operations. “It gives us the flexibility to close off the loading dock area during really cold or really hot days, but also allows us to open the warehouse for the beautiful days, which is great since our warehouse doesn’t have air conditioning. The insulated loading dock curtains do an excellent job and provide a noticeable temperature difference that has helped us to save on winter heating costs.”

The fabric curtain walls are made of 5-foot wide panels interconnected with Velcro to span the width of a given space. It can be installed as a stationary system or, as in the case of C2C Boston, walls that slide open and closed. A portion of the warehouse’s enclosure also included semi-permanent traffic doors that provide access for pedestrians, pushcarts and forklifts.

About the Author

image
Josh Bond
Associate Editor

Josh Bond is an associate editor to Modern. Josh was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and contributing editor, has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce.


Subscribe to Modern Materials Handling magazine

Subscribe today. It's FREE!
Find out what the world’s most innovative companies are doing to improve productivity in their plants and distribution centers.
Start your FREE subscription today!

Recent Entries

Conveyors, shuttles and robots were on display, but as with last year's Modex, software is where the action is in today’s materials handling industry.

MHI announced the MHI 2015 Innovation and Young Professional Award winners last night at their 70th Anniversary Celebration during ProMat 2015.

Today marks the conclusion of ProMat 2015, four days of comprehensive problem solving and networking to provide solutions to the complex manufacturing and supply chain challenges faced by industry today.

With a record 155,000 square feet of exhibit space reserved by nearly 350 companies back in December 2014, Modex 2016 will continue the show’s expansion in both solution offerings and popularity.

Doosan (Booth 662) highlighted the new BR18/20SP-7 narrow aisle reach truck, its first product in the class. It also showcased its first engine, which replaced third-party engines and is now used in all Doosan products.



© Copyright 2015 Peerless Media LLC, a division of EH Publishing, Inc • 111 Speen Street, Ste 200, Framingham, MA 01701 USA