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Huge modular dock transforms loading for supermarket chain

18 August 2022

WITH THE supermarket opening more stores, it required a sustainable solution to deal with packaging returns from stores.

The customer’s key aims were to minimise waste and lower carbon miles, so they looked for a solution within their warehouse. The result was Thorworld, through agent Darmax, installing its largest single bespoke modular dock to date.

Incorporating seven loading dock positions with barriers and seven collection points at the rear, the platform, which measured 31 metres wide by 13 metres deep from front to back, provides space for compactors and sorting of packaging. The modular dock system comprises 44 modules and a type 7-yard ramp with access steps. A safety barrier was also installed on every dock opening along the back edge, so a forklift truck could operate at ground level, allowing existing docks within the main warehouse to provide deliveries to new stores in the area. 

For additional improved safety and visibility, traffic lights were installed on every loading dock linked to the barrier. Dock lights were included, angled to shine into the back of lorries so operators were able to see what they were doing in the dark. Floodlights were also installed on posts so that operations could take place 24-7. 

Thorworld Industries technical and engineering director Ian Langan, says: “It has enabled the customer to maximise existing loading facilities to optimise functionality and flexibility, delivering exceptional value for money. The semi-permanent nature of the system allows for greater flexibility, because it can be easily relocated if required. The modular dock allows safe access into various types of vehicles, including those where a standard yardramp cannot be used.

“Compared to the equivalent costs of required civil engineering work, modular dock systems offer customers significant value for money.”

When compared to a traditional dugout loading dock, Thorworld has found that modular docks offer customers simple solutions negating planning issues, drainage concerns and the huge costs of returning premises back to their original configuration at the end of a lease.

For more information, visit www.thorworld.co.uk