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Reasons CSPECS and Kelley Can Help you build the Best Submittal Package


Kelley and CSPECS have joined forces to help you make the best submittal package in order to land that job. If you specify projects and you want the job, this post is for you. This system, created for Kelley by CSPECS is the most powerful and easy-to-navigate product specification system developed for the AEC community- EVER. How do we know this? What makes this system so important? How does it improve the life of a specifier?  Read this blog to find out why CSPECS,CSPECS and Kelley Submittal Package offered on the Kelley website can increase your chances of securing the job.

  1. The vast range of products in any given category is outstanding, we know this. But try doubling or tripling the current numbers because this is an area of rapid growth so tomorrow, next week, next year- just imagine the vast range of products that will be waiting for review in order to specify. This makes it highly challenging when specifying a project because you have extra time consuming material to review. Leaving lots of room for error. Kelley can help by automating this process ensuring accuracy every time.
  2. When specifying a project customers want the best results and they want speed, efficiency and accurate product information. Nowadays, clients are clued in and have a clear vision of what they want. They evaluate and research products using one or more channels. This leaves little to no room for error when presenting a submittal package. Again, CSPECS is THE only way to automatically build a package offering supreme efficiency.
  3. CSPECS asked over 300 AEC community members to describe their most important and frustrating areas related to specifying products. So as you can imagine this program is built to solve all of these areas and address issues such as time restraints, in accurate product information and much more.

When specifying projects, do any of these issues sound familiar?

   1. Websites and product databases which are hard to navigate 
   2. Information that is in an unusable format 
   3. Missing, outdated or unavailable product information? 
   4. Breakdown of flow when it comes to building proposals and including a variety of products

Unfortunately, the above issues cause great concern for anyone specifying projects, ultimately resulting in lost bids. With CSPECS on the site you can automate an extremely tedious and time consuming task. Not only will you have every piece of data, such as detailed product information, photos and diagrams but you can be 100% sure that when you build a submittal package for a client they will open the most accurate, cost effective and efficient proposal available on the market, and it’s efficiency like this that is sure to push you to the top of their pile every time.


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Kelley and CSPECS How to Guide


So you’ve heard about the latest software to benefit the AEC community. You know you can find it on but how exactly do you use it?

This guide is a step by step CSPECS tutorial, we suggest that you print it out and use it as a quick go-to reference when specifying a project.

CSPECS and Kelley makes the submittal process a breezeStep one:

Go to

Step two:

Click on the ‘AEC Specs’ tab.



Step three:

When you land on this page you will notice three icons each with an explanation below.

  • The first icon is the ‘SPEC SUITE’ this is where you will find a complete database of all products including images and descriptions of each product so you can browse around for the most suitable piece of equipment.
  • The second icon is the ‘SPEC BUILDER’ if you want to create a custom specification.
  • The third icon is ‘PROJECT SUBMITTAL’ look for this if you are wanting to create a specific submittal package based on a given project it includes ALL applicable Kelley products in an easy format for sharing with your colleagues and clients.

Step four:

Depending on what it is that you desire to do, e.g. create a custom spec or build a submittal package simply click on the icon of choice. For first time users, note the ‘Before you Begin’ icon, click on this for detailed information to help you along the way.

Step five:

The system is user-friendly which means it was built with you in mind. Each step is intended to be self-explanatory so as your click your next move will be fully explained.

Requesting further information such as product images, shop drawings, etc., has never been easier. Remember this system is here to aid you so that when you send a project submittal to your client you will have the most extensive, targeted proposal available.

And there you have it, five straightforward steps with plenty of information provided along the way and you are on to THE most specific, efficient and targeted submittal project known to man, yes it is that great.

If you want a more advanced approach, all of the product pages on the Kelley site include links that take you directly to that product within CSPECS so you can start specifying straight away.

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What is CSPECS?


Simply put, CSPECS is the most powerful and easy-to-use product specification system developed for the AEC community. But how does it work? What benefits does it have that you haven’t seen before? How can it make you more efficient as a specifier?  Read this intro blog and discover how CSPECS offered on the Kelley website can decrease project error and increase your chances of securing the job.

What problems do you face when tasked with creating a Submittal Package?

Researchers conducted surveys at the NIST (National Institute of Science and Technology) and concluded that up to 30% of each construction project is wasted due to inefficiencies and problematic areas in the flow of information. CSPECS looked directly at these problems and went about finding a solution. Up until now, the AEC community faced several obstacles when generating a submittal package. Things like hours spent gathering various product information, navigating from website to website leaves lots of room for error and wasted time.  The transfer of pertinent information during the design and planning phrase of any construction project is by far the most important step. If information is disconnected, lost or mistaken during this crucial stage the entire project could be jeopardized with a great loss of investment at stake.

How can Kelley and CSPECS help?

CSPECS has developed a system with the help of experts in the AEC field for Kelley’s website. ThisKelley CSPECS system is a support tool for Architects, Engineers, Specifiers, Contractors, and even, Distributors. It supports this community by offering ONE place to go to find detailed product information and visuals so you can best determine what product suits your project, it also guides you through creating a 3 Part Guide Specification for the specific products you decide to use, and finally, it creates a Project-Specific Submittal Package that includes all of your product choices with the ability to share the submittal with colleagues and clients.

The clarity that this system creates generates a seamless flow of information and avoids costly mistakes. Ensuring that your Submittal Package is the most timely, efficient and cost effective solution in the pile!

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Use Kelley to Envelope for a Sustainable Facility


Sustainability is by no means a new concept; in fact it would be fair to say that this is a practice that is fast approaching the “norm” for most if not all companies. Sustainability goals for companies that operate in the manufacturing industry are just as pressing. But does sustainability mean the same thing as it did say even five or more years ago? The experts suggest that sustainability evolves just as business evolves. There is one variable that remains constant, that is the idea of saving energy. Facilities, across all continents are interested in saving energy. Join us as we take a look at energy saving loading docks and sustainability for the manufacturing world and offer some of the best ways to save energy at your facility today.

Kelley Inflatable

Sustainability in times gone past

In the past, sustainability efforts were more closely met when retrofitting and green building design was focused more heavily on what additions could be added to existing equipment in order to make the facility operate in a more efficient way. In recent times, due mainly to the economic hardship spurred by the recession of late, sustainability somewhat fell off the radar for many companies. Not completely but it became less important, financial worries triumphed. Now though, more than in a long time, sustainability is fast becoming a paramount investment. The idea of saving energy is high on many initiatives because it saves on resources and it saves on costs. Take a look below for a great solution for enveloping your loading dock to achieve energy savings at your facility, it’s working for others and it could work for you.

 Envelope for ultimate savings

The concept of enveloping a building is a big one when it comes to sustainability, the goal is to wrap the building up (so-to-speak) keep the precious expensive energy inside, help it to remain constant, avoiding costly fluctuations. If done so correctly this can actually save up to 40% of buildings energy even on more established structures. When a building has a loading dock, there are hundreds (if not thousands) more gaps, holes and opportunities for air to escape. One way to increase the insulation value of a loading dock is by installing a dock seal.  The Kelley KI-450 is designed to “envelope” the back of an already docked trailer or container by inflating against the top and inward against the sides creating a tight seal to prevent the mass flow of cooled air out of the facility.  A blower assembly forces air through the header and side air chambers which instantly encases the trailer or container during loading and unloading to increase energy efficiency and help maintain a consistent dock temperature.

Interlocking and enveloping your way to energy savings

The Kelley inflatable dock shelter can be interlocked with other Kelley loading dock equipment meaning you can adjust the settings so that it only inflates under certain conditions such the dock door opening or the vehicle restraint being engaged with a parked trailer. Another cool feature of this inflatable shelter is its capability to accommodate a large variety of vehicle heights and sizes. The top seal is a roller design that automatically activates for lower or higher vehicles. So it basically follows all vertical movements of the docked vehicle that can be produced when a fork lift drives in and out of the back of the vehicle. This technology means you always have a consistent seal. And once the load is complete, the shelters’ air chambers quickly return to the retracted position before the vehicle departs.

With enveloping being a major push in the sustainability movement, there is no better way to ensure your loading dock is saving energy than to envelope with a sturdy, durable inflatable shelter. Are you searching for a way to decrease your carbon footprint and increase your energy savings? Call one of our Loading Dock Experts today; we have a variety of solutions to share: 1-800-558-6960

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Kelley Helps Market Basket out of a Tight Spot


Sometimes the perfect location for a business isn’t the perfect location for a fully functioning loading dock that can service a variety of trailer heights. So what does one do when a perfect location presents loading issues such as tight spaces, constraining areas and limited ability to accept taller or lower trailer heights? You call Kelley of course! That’s what one New England-based supermarket chain did and found themselves a versatile, cost-effective solution  to help them accommodate a variety of vehicle sizes for loading and unloading. Read to find out more:


Market Basket is well known throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts for their winning combination of low prices and well-merchandised stores that offer a large selection of products.  And thanks to this combination, the chain has been on an aggressive growth track over the past few years, opening up to five stores annually, with one of their more recent stores opening in Wilmington, MA.


Although the location was ideal for the new store because it was part of an existing shopping plaza, the property footprint was not optimal for shipping and receiving. The store was able to accommodate a loading dock for both dry grocery and frozen foods on its northern end, but not a dairy dock at the southern section. “The layout,” pointed out Normand Martin, Market Basket’s Director of Facilities and Planning, “meant that we couldn’t dig down to create a driveway or pit for a standard loading dock.” 

A typical dairy dock sees almost every size and style of truck imaginable, from major dairy trailers to LTL deliveries by smaller trucks delivering gourmet cheese and other specialty products.  Some of the trucks are 48”off grade, while others are 24” off grade. They even see some trucks that require the driver to off load product one case at a time by hand.


Market Basket Kelley HULK dock liftThanks to the pit-mounted 6,000 lb. capacity of the HULK Hydraulic Dock Lift they are now all accessible. A truck can pull up to the lift and once the driver is out of the cab they raise the platform to the height of the truck floor. From there the driver moves the load onto the platform and then rides down to ground level where the product is moved into the store’s backroom and to the dairy cooler.

End Result

The operator has full control over the dock lift motion with the pre-wired, NEMA-4X hand-held push-button controller.  The lift safely and smoothly lowers the platform to the ground without jostling the load. The dairy cases are then transported on dollies designed specifically for milk crates the short distance from the HULK’s platform into the dairy coolers. This efficient operation means the driver can quickly get the dairy load off the truck, load on empty containers and move so the next truck can access the lift for unloading.

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3 Pieces of Loading Dock Equipment You Should be Glad Exist


In a manufacturing, distribution or warehouse facility there are few places more dangerous to pedestrians than the loading dock area. These dangers can include forklifts racing in and out of truck trailers, open doors that lead to drops to the driveway below and even concerns like early trailer departure can lead to serious accidents. And the costs of these types of injuries can quickly add up. In 2012, the Liberty Mutual Safety Index revealed that these kinds of incidents cost the material handling industry $5.78 billion annually. 


Join Kelley as we take a look at 3 pieces of loading dock equipment that you should be glad exist:

1. The Kelley Vertical Storing Dock Leveler is an alternative to pit-style dock levelers. VerticalKelley Vertical Storing Dock Leveler storing dock levelers store upright when not in use. Their design allows the dock door to close tightly against the concrete floor, sealing in energy and locking out the elements. By locking out the elements you are also helping to keep a drier floor which translates into a safer floor for all loading dock traffic.

2.The STAR® 4 Vehicle Restraint 2. The
STAR® 4 Vehicle Restraint is a popular solution for restraining a trailer securely and safely at the loading dock. It’s
engages a trailer’s rear impact guard and limits trailer movement away from the dock. The engaged restraint limits things like trailer creep, prevents things like early departure, helping to increase safety at the loading dock.


3. AquaShield® Rain Sealing System is specifically designed to keep external moisture out of the loading/unloading area. This system mounts over a dock seal or shelter and literally wipes the water off the top of the trailer as it backs into position with its unique “wiper” pad design. This option is ideal for any dock that wants a drier loading dock floor. By pushing the water, ice or snow back away from the dock at the top of the trailer, the AquaShield also prevents it from dropping onto the dock floor below.


From keeping your floors drier to limiting trailer creep these pieces of engineering ought to help you and you loading dock remain highly productive and operationally efficient no matter what the weather suggests.


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Intermodal Rail is a Top Area of Interest Again for 2014


So we made it to another year. As we embark down the first few steps of this New Year make sure you stay ahead of what issues or other hot topics could/will/might have an impact on the material handling industry. We forecasted intermodal, and rail in particular, as a more desired choice, and definite area of interest in 2013, and by the chirpings in the media the interest in this area is going to continue into 2014. Read on to discover what’s hot on the newsstands for the material handling field and pick up a great tip for rail loading/unloading thanks to Kelley’s HRL Hydraulic Rail Leveler.

In fact in a very recent article found on the following areas are all highlighted as being pressing topics for 2014.

  1. Crude oil
  2. Domestic intermodal
  3. International intermodal
  4. Frac sand and other drilling materials
  5. Automotive
  6. Grain

Progressive Railroading asked six CEO’s in the rail industry a series of questions and the responses all point to major growth for the intermodal rail industry.  Union Pacific Railroad President and CEO Jack Koraleski explained that they had pumped over $21 billion of capital investment into improving infrastructure with new and continued projects still going on.

Are there any obstacles that could hinder growth for this area?

Although this is an area that is seeing impressive growth there is still some recovery needed from the damages left by the recession in 2007. In order to fully recover, some of the CEO’s interviewed indicate that their success will depend on manufacturing success. In other words, as business manufacturers more, more product is made available that needs transportation so the two go hand-in-hand.

Overlapping areas of interest

If you look at that list above you will notice that all of these areas overlap to some degree. The more hydraulic fracking that is taking place, the more sand that will need to be delivered to specific fracking locations across the country it’s somewhat like a domino effect. The companies that are operating in these transportation markets are experts at forecasting trends in order to stay ahead of manufacturers. It keeps everything chugging along.

What’s the most efficient way to move loads from rail cars?KelleyHRLApplication

The HRL Hydraulic Rail Leveler from Kelley was designed with this very industry in mind. The HRL was developed to offer customers a powerful and reliable means of spanning the gap that exists between a rail car and the facility. This leveler includes a constant pressure button, which powers it down to working range; standard 20” lip with quick cycle powered-in/out activation and available manual or powered side shift for precise positioning. In addition to all of these features, the rail leveler comes with many safety features e.g. 6” high run off guards.

An industry that is experiencing growth deserves the best, most innovative equipment in town. Why? Well for one it means you will be ready to ‘handle’ continued growth at peak performance levels. There’s nothing like being left behind because your equipment is causing holdups.

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Dear Santa, This Year I Want Energy Efficiency at the Loading Dock


Dear Santa,

This year there is only one thing that I wish for on my Christmas list. Now, I know, I know, I’mChristmas Card sure you’re thinking “that can’t be right, for you’ve been such a good dock leveler, diligently handling all those loads, assuring to efficiently span the gap between the trailer and the loading dock, time after time” but you see Santa, this would be the most rewarding gift of all gifts that you possibly give to me.

This gift would see me through the year, it would ensure that I can be the type of energy efficient dock leveler I’ve always dreamt of being, one that always provides a superior perimeter seal along my sides and my rear (oops). You see Santa; most other dock levelers are equipped with a standard seal that typically misses these areas. This creates gaps, holes and plenty of opportunities for air infiltration and energy loss. Not only does this mean a loss of energy and temperature fluctuation but it also means that the facility is not protected against dirt, debris, insects or rodents.

So Santa, this gift while it might not seem like much, truly is the greatest gift I could receive…this year I wish for ‘Energy Efficiency’ and lots of it, by the truck loads please if you would, because this loading dock is losing energy rapidly on a daily basis (and no one even notices). This year, I would like a superior dock leveler seal, the best of the best; I would like Kelley Energy Guard!

Thank you Santa!

Signed, The loading dock on the right after the gate.

Can we help Santa fulfill your loading dock’s Christmas wish?

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HVAC and HVLS Integration Saves Money at the Loading Dock


So you have a HVAC unit that works… okay? The problem is you don’t want to go out and spend thousands of dollars on an entirely new HVAC unit. Let’s be honest the only serious cash you had planned on dropping in December is on Christmas gifts for your loved ones. Well in that case, we have a terrific solution for you. A HVLS fan such as the FUSION which (toot-toot) is leading the industry in energy efficiency is the ideal way to add some energy-savings through integration. Read on to find out how you can add some holiday cheer to your facility by circulating comfort and savings this holiday season.

First things first, what is a HVLS fan?

KelleyHVLSThe Kelley FUSION HVLS large fan is designed to create a comfortable environment in any large space. It maintains an energy efficient facility when used in addition to a HVAC system. These fans are available in a wide range of sizes and power configurations that are suitable for just about any environment, from warehouses to manufacturing facilities and more. The light-weight, high grade anodized, single piece aluminum blades of the Kelley fan produces a massive column of air that flows down toward the floor and outward in all directions before it is pulled back vertically toward the blades. This creates what is known as a horizontal floor jet. The Kelley FUSION fan is leading the industry due to its exceptional energy-efficiency and considering how important saving energy is these days…its well worth the look.

So how does it increase your savings when integrated with your HVAC system?

As we mentioned the breeze that the FUSION HVLS Fan creates is known as the horizontal floor jet.  It’s this ‘floor jet’ that produces the circulation which provides the benefits Kelley fans have become known for over the years. By creating this consistent slow moving breeze at 2 to 3 miles per hour, many facilities have reported a reduction in perceived temperature equivalent to 7 to 11-degrees. With more balanced, consistent temperatures circulating in your facility, you can actually reduce you thermostat, which, in a large facility, saves you big time!!


Step up a notch on air circulation and energy-savings.

In addition to installing the Kelley FUSION fans, you can install some fan automation to give you ultimate fan control and open the door for some serious savings. iFAN, the best in class industrial networked fan system automates the control of your fans…hello! Did I happen to mention automates! Yes this system allows you to network your fans and control them from a single, centralized or remote interface.  If you like doing other ‘more important’ stuff when you are at work, trust iFAN to ensure you receive maximum levels of performance and energy savings from your HVLS FUSION fans.


Who doesn’t like something that just makes life better?

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Cold Storage is Big Business Save Big on Operational Costs with Kelley


No one just wakes up and decides to build a cold storage facility. No, in fact whether a business runs cold storage or not depends solely on the product. This may sound outrageous but it truly is the type of product that defines the type of facility. Some products such as perishable items require refrigerated temperatures. Some foods are stored in strictly frozen environments. Join us as we take a look at this industry examining two of the most common ways to freeze products and finally gain some insight by picking up the best equipment designed specifically for cold storage facilities and loading dock energy efficiency

Contact Freezing

In today’s cold storage world, two freezing types exist. The first is called ‘contact freezing’. ThisKelleyColdStorageFacility method involves using refrigerator methods over a period of time to eventually freeze the product. It is the most energy and cost efficient making it a popular option. Why is it called contact freezing? Well that is explained when you see how the product is frozen. It sits directly onto a plate; the plate is the element that is chilled to a certain degree in order to bring amount the freeze. Hence the term ‘contact’ the freezing takes place when the ‘contact’ is made. You can choose from one of tow configurations, vertical or horizontal depending on your needs.

Air Blast Freezing

Secondly, we have ‘air blast freezing’ this is also produced in two varieties. Batch-type air blast freezing and continuous air blast freezing. Batch is more economically sound because it is not continuous. It is ideal for pelleted items. This type of freezing typically takes paces in a special closed off room with a large door providing easy access for forklift traffic. Continuous air blast freezing involves a conveyor type system, generally best for unpacked goods. As the items pass along the conveyor cold air is ‘blasted’ at it continually in order to cause it to freeze. Again this type of system involves a specialized room in each facility with the only openings being for the conveyor and personnel entrance.

What type of system each facility manager chooses will depend on the product. If the product is being processed at the plant in question or is just being stored at the facility will determine which solution is best.

Kelley can help your cold storage facility stay cold!

A cold storage facility is a large investment in time and money and if I spend x amount of dollars on achieving an energy efficient cold storage facility the last thing I want is to see all that investment leak out through the loading dock. Unfortunately, this happens.

It’s hard to believe that the area that’s responsible for receiving and shipping your entire product –the very reason you have a cold storage environment in the first place- is sometimes the most overlooked. Therefore believe us when we tell you that a seal is just as critical as the dock leveler, overhead door, fork lifts, etc.

Many people don’t realize that dock seals designed especially for cold storage even exists.

So what type of Dock Seals or Shelter works best for a cold storage environment?

In cold storage environments, trailers with swing doors are common, so are cold storage doors. When swing doors are opened, they create gaps between the hinges that allow energy to escape so compressing the trailer into the dock seal closes off these gaps.

How do you close off your dock and seal in the cold air if you receive a variety of trailer heights?  

Answer: V-Seal® VSH Foam Dock Seal with Head Curtain

The V-Seal design provides the insulating benefits of a dock seal and the full trailer access of a dock shelter, sealing the rear hinge gap on trailers without obstructing the doorway.  And can accommodate a variety of trailer heights, thanks to its versatile head curtain.

This seal was created with cold storage application in mind and customers that realize its benefits never look back.

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