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Loading Dock Design Course

Effective loading dock planning and design ensures that your operations can accommodate the material handling needs you have today and into the future. Rite-Hite stays current with changes in the trucking and material handling industry and can keep you informed of the new and innovative products available to meet your specific loading dock design needs. When your loading dock or loading bay is set up to facilitate efficient loading and unloading, as well as safe and secure movement of product, it has a direct impact on your bottom line.

"Just-in-time" manufacturing and warehousing, high-cube trailers, and air-ride suspensions are some examples of developments that have made cookie-cutter dock designs obsolete.

When you bring a Rite-Hite loading dock expert into your planning and building process, you are making an investment for today and the future. Rite-Hite and our representatives have been working with architects, end-users, and contractors to stay on top of evolving trends to assure the best solutions for our customers. We take loading dock design so seriously that we have experts who instruct continuing education courses in dock design.

Loading Dock Design Course

This course covers issues related to dock design including: safety, dock heights, door sizes, leveler size, capacity, type, grade, seals and shelters, restraints, lighting, and more. The Rite-Hite Loading Dock Design presentation can be conducted at your facility by our industry experts, and it usually lasts one hour.

Agenda topics:

Trends affecting the loading dock (bigger, lower trucks)
  • Air suspension trailers
  • Low-profile tires
  • Varying trailer bed heights
Dock layout considerations
  • Dock leveler length, width, capacity
  • Door size considerations
  • Material handling equipment limitations
Safety issues at the dock
  • Why the loading dock is a danger
  • Causes of loading dock accidents
  • Trailer separation
  • Vacant loading docks
  • Void-in-the-floor
Innovative solutions and products
  • Specifying the right equipment to meet your client's needs
  • Available equipment features
  • Dock levelers
  • Vehicle restraints
  • Industrial doors
  • Aftermarket parts and products.

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