Insulator Dock Seal with Head Pad Video
Loading docks are harsh environments. Dock equipment takes a beating from trailer traffic all day long, and your dock seals are first in line for the abuse. Plus, sealing at the top of the trailer isn’t always what it should be, and gaps remain, where light, dust, bugs and other elements can still enter the facility.
The Insulator Dock Seal from Rite-Hite, however, is uniquely built, with state-of-the-art materials and design that provide unmatched durability and sealing. In a category of its own, Insulator provides the highest return on your dock seal investment. Let’s learn how.
Since foam dock seals are compressed by the force of the backing trailer, their components are subject to extreme pressure. This pressure, together with the friction that’s created from trailer drop during loading and unloading, eventually destroys most dock seals.
But Insulator dock seals are different. They’re engineered to resist damage from severe friction and trailer pressure, so they hold up when other dock seals fail.
First, Insulator side pads are reinforced on the front and inside surfaces with high-strength, Durathon fabric, over a flexible vinyl base layer. Durathon’s unique, pebble-grained finish creates a slippery, friction-resistant surface that minimizes damage from trailer pressure and forklift contact. This single-surface reinforcing provides better, longer-lasting protection than sewn-on wear pleats, which tear and fray over time.
Next, Rite-Hite super-reinforces the parts of the dock seal that need it most: the corners. Constructed of an outer layer of Durathon fabric, a protective layer of high molecular weight polyethylene, and another layer of vinyl, the boots resist damage from sharp trailer corners, protecting the head pad and upper side pads from excessive wear. What’s more, the corner wear boots are attached with hook and loop fasteners, so they can be easily removed and replaced in minutes, for simple, low-cost maintenance.
For even further protection, the Insulator head pad is a backerless, free-floating design. By not being permanently attached to the wall, the head pad is free to move with the trailer as it moves, rather than fight the motion of the trailer as traditional head pads do. This prevents the foam in the head pad from sagging and twisting over time.
When yard jockeys are used to shuttle trailers, this unique construction and mounting prevents even more serious damage. Ordinary head pads can be pried off the wall in some cases, a costly situation known as head-pad pop off. In contrast, the pivoting motion of the Insulator head pad allows it to rise up and come back down without damage.
The Insulator is not only the industry’s most durable dock seal, it’s also the best sealing. With ordinary dock seals, protrusions at the back of the trailer cause gaps that ordinary head pads leave unsealed. But the Insulator design fills in these gaps, blocking light, dust, pests and other unwanted elements from entering your facility.
Finally, all Insulator headers are protected with exclusive Firefighter heat dissipation technology inside. This triple-layer foil construction prevents the header from burning due to the heat buildup of compressed trailer marker lights. Firefighter is the industry’s only proven and guaranteed protection against this danger.
The Insulator Dock Seal comes standard with all of these exclusive features, for maximum safety, durability and sealing effectiveness. For flexibility in all applications, Insulator seals are also customizable in a variety of different fabrics and configurations to meet your specific needs.
Ask your Rite-Hite Representative today for more information. And choose Insulator. There is a difference.