Benefits of a Single Provider for Your Loading Dock Equipment Needs
When the time comes to build new, update or add-on to an industrial building, warehouse or distribution center, it’s common to shop different vendors for loading dock and in-plant equipment needs. Finding a single equipment and service provider can seem impossible, but can be a critical choice to help appropriately address the challenges at all ends of your facility. Single source providers are out there and from the loading dock, to the inside of your warehouse, they can add the skill and expertise needed to make a major difference in the success of your building project.
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Selecting a single provider, for your loading dock equipment saves time, can help optimize the layout of the loading dock to improve worker efficiency and safety, and offers the convenience of coordinated installation and ongoing maintenance. A sole provider becomes a single point of contact, instead of dealing with multiple people at several different companies, for products and services within your facility. One company can more adeptly handle entire projects from the initial order, to installation, to maintenance scheduling.
Look for a company that can manage industrial projects from beginning to end. From order placement and shipment scheduling to equipment installation, including concrete work, core drilling, saw cutting, removal, forming, repair and restoration, pouring and electrical, you’ll need an experienced partner to help coordinate the job . Along with product purchase, a company, like Rite-Hite, can provide skilled technicians to perform planned maintenance to ensure longevity of your equipment investment.
Loading Dock Expertise
The loading dock can often be taken at face value by contractors, architects and engineers. Assuming your business depends on moving product and materials in and out via your docks, you know that this part of your building needs to be right. Get connected, early in the planning process, with someone who can understand your material handling needs and can help review plans and specifications for your loading dock area.
You can add experienced people to your building team who have been involved in loading dock design. The companies that make the equipment understand best, how the entire loading dock system functions and can help make recommendations for your facility to enhance safety, energy efficiency, productivity and more. Not every industry has the same requirements, so make sure the people on your team understand your specific challenges and needs.
Products Should Work Together
Another benefit to using a single source provider for your loading dock and in-plant equipment is their ability to put together a system to ensure products work well together. This should also have a positive impact to help enhance the bottom line of your facility. For example, a vehicle restraint like the SHR-5000 Dok-Lok® can communicate with a Dok-Commander® control system to produce a safe sequence of operation with a loading dock door, RHH leveler, and Dok-Guardian® retractable barrier at the edge of the loading dock. What’s more, the Dok-Commander® can integrate with the Rite-Vu® Hazard Recognition and Control system to communicate potential dangers for employees. While each of these products can work in tandem with other manufacturers, many of the benefits the Rite-Hite suite of equipment provides is lost if they are simply made as one-off purchases to fill a current need.
Finding the Right Provider
There are many loading dock equipment and service options available to facility managers and equipment purchase decision-makers. While it might be tempting to purchase products a la carte from different companies, there are major short and long-term benefits to finding a single equipment and service provider to seamlessly enhance your facility’s operations. The right provider will have a strong and integrated product lineup, in-depth knowledge of specific industry and material handling needs, and a team of installation, project management and maintenance technicians that will take care of your project from start to finish, not to mention keeping equipment running at optimal levels for a long time.