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Docking installed at Evri super hub

09 January 2023

SITUATED ON a 42-acre site in Barnsley, the 340,000 square foot facility is the largest of its kind in Europe and represents a £60 million investment by the firm.

A key aspect of the hub is the 163 docking bays. Lining two sides of the super hub, they provide the entry and exit points for every one of the 1.1 million parcels making their way through the facility each day during peak periods. This high volume of parcel traffic makes the vehicle docks an integral component in smooth and efficient parcel distribution.

To equip the super hub with the docking solutions it required, Evri turned to long-term partner ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems for a range of systems. Centred around the OH1042P Insulated Panel Door, the solution for each loading bay also benefits from a DS6060P Mechanical Curtain Dock Shelter and a DL6120T Telescopic Lip Dock Leveller.

Providing a reliable, robust and well-insulated operational entrance, the OH1042P Insulated Panel Sectional Doors used in each bay maximise free space by opening vertically, or up and over ceilings, conveyors or mezzanines as required. Paired with a hard-wearing twin-ram hydraulic Teledock which ensures an adjustable, ergonomic and seamless contact between vehicle and dock, Evri’s team can get to work loading and unloading vehicles at each dock quickly, safely and easily.

Surrounding each dock system is the Mechanical Shelter, which provides weather protection during the loading and unloading process. For staff, this creates a safer and more comfortable working environment internally, while adding greater protection to parcels, ultimately improving standards through Evri’s processes.

For a long-term solution, however, several variants needed to be considered. From everyday high-volume use through to differing trailer types which will be regularly docking in the bays, the experienced ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems team tailored each product specifically to Evri’s requirements.

On the doors themselves, window sizes were reduced to limit the potential of accidental impact damage; buffers were modified to provide more robust protection to the building fabric and docking equipment; and the levellers and shelters themselves were adapted to accommodate different trailer bed designs and those of varying heights and widths – a crucially important consideration at a time when new trailer types are being introduced to improve vehicle efficiency.

Elsewhere on Evri’s 42-acre site in Barnsley, a dedicated Vehicle Maintenance Unit is regularly servicing and maintaining the fleet which moves parcels between hubs. Here, ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems provided the 1042P Sectional Doors in level access arrangement.

Now Evri’s super hub is fully operational, the next challenge lies in keeping every door system and dock operating smoothly, with ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems is delivering a service and maintenance programme.

ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems Philip Whiteley, says: “Through our work with Evri, we have helped them to fulfil their ambitions of creating a major element of their nationwide distribution infrastructure which is able to cope with significantly heightened capacity.”

For more information, visit www.assaabloyentrance.com/uk