Taking control of a controlled-temperature dock

Facility cut costs and risk with condensation-resistant doors, tracks and seals.

By ·

A dry loading dock is a safer loading dock. Preventing moisture from building up on the loading dock is of particular concern for cold storage facilities such as Wegmans Food Markets in Rochester, N.Y. By installing new doors, the facility has improved safety and energy efficiency while reducing maintenance costs.

Jeff Smith, facilities maintenance supervisor, needed to replace failing vertical rise freezer slab doors that had heating strips embedded into the panels. He looked to a new supplier (TKO, tkodoors.com) that installed doors designed specifically for use with vertical storing dock levelers.

“The doors have cleared up all of our issues involving our dock doorways,” says Smith. “We are looking to replace all of our cold storage dock doors with the new doors.”

The 4-inch thick, R-23 rated panels equal the thickness of the building wall to provide thermal protection against energy loss and increased year-round efficiency. Along with providing a significant level of insulation, the door panels’ closed-cell XEPS foam cores resist moisture accumulation, leading to longer life for the door’s motor.

Another area of potential energy loss on Wegmans’ dock was the door seals. In a 20-degree temperature-controlled dock, the single seal on the previous doors did not keep out exterior temperatures. The new doors are equipped with dual-side compression seals, which fill gaps along the door and are mounted directly to the door panel rather than the door jamb. Raising the door removes the seals from the impact zone to avoid damage and provide a consistent, continuous seal. The door also has a durable double-loop compression seal at the bottom for a tight seal on the warehouse floor, without running the risk of the door freezing to the dock.

The door also offers a full-height polymer thermal break track, which is enclosed in an energy-reflective foil fabric. Unlike traditional metal tracks, the track design not only helps prevent energy loss, it prevents the accumulation of moisture on the dock that can cause mold buildup and make the dock floors dangerously slippery.

From reduced maintenance costs and decreased energy loss, the new doors Wegmans installed have made all-around operations more efficient. Enhanced safety from the reduced likelihood of slippery floors also helps Wegmans to keep its place on Fortune Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work.”


About the Author

Josh Bond, Contributing Editor
Josh Bond is Senior Editor for Modern, and was formerly Modern’s lift truck columnist and associate editor. He has a degree in Journalism from Keene State College and has studied business management at Franklin Pierce University.

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!

Latest Whitepaper
Gaining Efficiencies Through End-to-end Warehouse Automation
Warehouse and distribution center managers in B2B and B2C have never been under more pressure to scale up their operations to meet customer demands in the new, digital economy. Warehouse Automation Custom digital issue, Peerless custom Automation white paper. Warehouse Automation research papers.
Download Today!
From the September 2016 Issue
The fashion retailer has used warehouse execution software and automation to create a true omni-channel distribution center.
Lift Truck Tips: Knowledge is Power
Software system gives new facility a competitive edge
View More From this Issue
Subscribe to Our Email Newsletter
Sign up today to receive our FREE, weekly email newsletter!
Latest Webcast
5 Emerging Technologies Enabling Competitive Advantage for Distribution
Come hear about the latest in each-picking robotics, co-bots, artificial intelligence, autonomous vehicles, sensors, drones and droids that are enabling competitive advantage for distribution.
Register Today!
EDITORS' PICKS
American Eagle Outfitters’ omni-channel journey
The fashion retailer has used warehouse execution software and automation to create a true...
The data-driven lift truck
Now that manufacturers and distributors are using the data from their automated systems to drive...

Destination Maternity: Destination Automation
Running short of space in its old facility, Destination Maternity Corp. built a new, highly...
Hibbett Sports: Faster, Flexible and Efficient
A high-speed conveyor and sortation system at Hibbett Sports’ Alabama distribution center speeds...