Seal All Sides of the Loading Dock Opening

Seal All Sides of the Loading Dock Opening

Keeping the great outdoors - outdoors. It’s a challenge with every loading dock opening in almost any climate. Poorly sealed openings at the dock are perfect passageways for energy losses. The gaps at the top and sides of trailers combined are significant enough to easily allow unwanted air to flow in and conditioned air to flow out. On top of this, most facilities do not consider sealing the underside of the dock opening which only adds to the loss.

Small gaps add up. And while energy loss is a big concern, so is contamination, product damage, safety hazards, quality inspection issues and employee comfort. All the places where daylight shows through combine to leave a hole (or many holes if you have more than one dock position) in the side of your building.

The Rite Solution. A system of Rite-Hite sealing products both outside and inside the building are required to work together to provide an effective seal on all four sides of the door openings, 24/7, whether trailers are present or not. Add our dock leveler with a step-down design that allows trailer rear doors to be opened after the trailer is parked at the loading dock. Our aftermarket loading dock leveler weatherseals will close the gaps and further help reduce heating and cooling costs. In many cases, these weatherseals will pay for themselves in four months or less.

Our ISO loading docks provide high energy savings due to complete insulation of the loading dock area. Sectional doors of stationary ISO loading docks close in front of the dock leveller, avoiding heat transfer across the surface of the platform into the warehouse. Stationary ISO loading docks are also available in step-down design. With this option, the rear doors of vehicles can be opened after docking, so that the cold chain is not interrupted.

Modular dock systems also offer best insulation for refrigerated and freezer applications. The model G1100 can be equipped with insulated wall/roof panels, a special insulation for the dock leveller, insulated bottom panels and/or insulated sectional doors which close in front of the dock leveller. These components form a completely insulated loading dock system which ensures an energy efficient loading process. Modular Dock Systems are also available in step-down design allowing refrigerated trucks to dock with closed rear doors so that the cold chain is not interrupted.

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