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Loading Dock Systems

Massey Admin - Monday, May 24, 2010
Think green when designing your Loading Docks.

  • Reduce your energy cost- Place door seals or shelters around your docks.

  • Specify brush type seals around your doors and levelers in lieu of the standard vinyl. The will seal better, offer better rodent control, and inspectors prefer brush seals.

  • Specify one dock light per door. The increased efficiency due to better visibility, will reap immediate dividends.

  • Please note Massey designs, installs, and services all of these dock equipment items. All items are kept in stock at our St. Louis warehouse.

Warehouse Door Considerations

Massey Admin - Wednesday, May 19, 2010
  • A good rule of thumb design for the quantity of truck loading doors in a warehouse is one 9' x 9' door per 10,000 sq ft of warehouse space.
  • On the flip side, remember you might require a much larger door to get equipment and long products into your building.

  • Your warehouse doors should have good perimeter sealing top, bottom and sides. This will reduce heat loss.

  • The best sealing doors are straight vertical lift doors. They are more costly and you need two times your interior height plus 24" to make them work.

  • The least expensive doors in initial cost are the overhead type.

Warehouse Design and Layout

Massey Admin - Thursday, May 13, 2010
Let us look at current ideas on design of your projected warehouse:

1. Concrete wall- typically tilt up style-fast and low cost. Pre-fab metal building are fast and low cost. Both systems are very good.

2. Interior clear height should be 20 feet. This should be the dimension under the bar joist.

3. High density sprinklers located within the bar joists.

4. Fluorescent light fixtures up in your joists, centered over your aisles.

5. Motion detectors to activate your in aisle lighting system.

Warehouse Design: Interior Considerations

Massey Admin - Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Remember, your warehouse structure is no more than a skin around your products stored. It is there to protect the products against the environment and theft.

Design the interior system first, then design the skin.

Some ideas to make your warehouse more green and more functional:

  1. Are roof air vents (to increase airflow) and skylights (to increase natural light) appropriate? Think green, think energy savings.
  2. Are wall panels that are translucent a good idea to increase natural light?
  3. Protect your building columns from damage by using the new plastic column protectors. Much less costly than pouring concrete around your columns for protection.
  4. Concrete floor design: Minimum 6" thickness with a good sub-base. Determine the weight of the products stored per square foot plus the rolling load imposed by the warehouse equipment.

Loading Dock Systems

Massey Admin - Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Initial Parameters for loading docks:

  1. Normal dock height for dry trailers is 48” above grade.
  2. Normal dock height for reefer trucks is 52” above grade.
  3. Normal dock approach in front of dock is 200’ in Missouri the maximum truck length is 75’ long and 8.5’ wide.
  4. Normal dock leveler used is a 25k capacity 72” wide x 96” long. Operating range 12” above and below dock height.

Warehouse Design Parameters

Massey Admin - Monday, February 08, 2010

1.   Storage systems design required information:
    a.    Clear height in building
    b.    Aisle width
    c.    Product specs
This information is used to build the warehouse around the storage system.

2.    80% of all storage systems on the midcontinent area are based on the following parameters:
    a.    12’ wide aisles.
    b.    20’ high storage height
    c.    Pallet: 40” x 48”
    d.    Load 2500# per pallet
    e.    Counterbalanced fork lift truck, triple stage mast, and side shifter.

3.   Building column centers 40’. A 40’ dimension provides maximum use of floor space when using a pallet foot print of 48” x 48” and a 12’ aisle. This 40’ centerline to centerline between columns is normal for new roof spans (joists and beams).


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