Let me explain, moisture on the loading dock floor contributes to employee injury brought about when a worker skids on the slick surface. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics tells us to use caution where floors are wet, citing, slips and falls as a leading cause for injuries in the U.S. workplace, which account for almost 15% of all lost-time accidents. That’s a substantial number.
How can warehouse doors help to reduce moisture?
For loading dock safety it’s vital to prevent moisture from building up on the loading dock in the first place.
A cold storage loading dock can be a prime spot for moisture, particularly around the loading dock door.
If you operate a cold storage facility a possible solution is the VertiCool® door by TKO®. This specialty dock door was designed specifically for use with Vertical Storing Dock Levelers on the temperature controlled docks of cold storage facilities. The 4” thick, R-23 rated panels equal the thickness of the building wall to provide superior thermal protection against energy loss and increased year-round efficiency.
What makes this dock door so special?
When you’re dealing with sensitive temperature controlled environments, dock door seals are a key consideration.
The VertiCool door, is a cool door for a reason they are equipped with dual side compression seals, that fill the gap along the door and are attached directly to the door panel rather than the door jamb. Raising the door removes the seals from the impact zone and avoids costly damage while providing a consistent seal along the perimeter of the dock door. The VertiCool door also comes with a durable double-loop compression seal at the bottom of the dock door for a tight seal on the warehouse floor.
Okay, so what else has this dock door got to offer?
Easy! Another beneficial feature: the reduced number of thermal breaks on the VertiCool. Instead of utilizing standard 24” high panels, the VertiCool’s 48” high panels make for 50% less exposure.
To top all of this dock door awesomeness off, the VertiCool dock door also offers a full-height polymer thermal break track, enclosed in an energy-reflective foil fabric. The VertiCool’s track design helps to prevent energy loss and prevents the accumulation of moisture on the dock. Good news for you!
Your cold storage facility and warehouse doors desperately need the ‘cool’ factor? It’s okay, we understand not every door can be as cool as ours. Reach out to a TKO Dock Door specialist today 1-877-408-6788 or click here to request further information about TKO Dock Doors.
We’ve all been there, you stop and ask someone for directions, they look at you, and rhyme off a litany of rights, lefts, sharp turns, and slight bends and even throw in a few landmarks. You thank them and go about your business, none the wiser where the heck you’re going. Everyone at one point or another has been in a situation where they feel utterly lost. Whether it’s brought on by fast talkers, new accents or over-users of industry jargon there’s nothing like feeling, dazed and confused.
Today we’re going to tackle the top ten TKO features used at the loading dock when talking ‘dock doors’. Those technical terms that flow freely between loading dock workers, loading dock equipment manufacturers and industry experts. With this list you’ll be flying around the loading dock as a door expert in no time.
1. Impactable Dock Doors.
This clever invention enables a TKO dock door to withstand impacts from forklifts or the like. When this door is forced out of position by an impact, you simply pull on the two handles provided and reposition the door so you can continue on with your work without the interference of a broken dock door. Happy days!
This is a unique track design is made from ultra-high molecular weight plastic that can be 3’, 6’ or run the full height of the door opening. The Impact-A-Track is strong enough to resist impacts from forklifts, products, pallets and even forklift tines. TKO Dock Doors got them, have you?
3. Dual Compression Weatherseal.
This seal (not found in the circus) incorporates two loop seals, much like your refrigerator at home preventing unwanted elements from entering the facility and keeping valuable conditioned air inside your facility. The seal is attached to the door versus the jamb (explained later), keeping it out of the way of potential damage to provide a tighter, and more consistent perimeter seals.
4. Clear Vision Panel.
For those of you who like to see, the 21” high, 1 ¾” thick Clear Vision Panel runs the full width of the door and provides full visibility outside the facilities.
5. Dual Side Seals.
More seals, this time a brush seal and a loop seal combined for added protection against energy loss, air infiltration and light gaps.
6. Moisture Resistant Panel.
When bundling up against the cold with cardboard and duct tape won’t cut it, a door panel with a closed-cell foam core that provides high R-value with damage resistant fiberglass interior facing for consistent temperature control. Just look at the ThermalWeight.
7. Super Bottom Panel.
Anything with super is generally good, Super-man, Super Bowl and now Super Bottom Panel. Referring to an extra durable panel, this super panel is positioned at the bottom of your dock door where most impacts occur.
8. Bottom Brush Seal.
Just think of it as an extra special ingredient in the world of door seals. This additional ‘brush’ type seal usually accompanies a bottom ‘loop’ seal for the maximum perimeter seal for your dock door.
9. Double Knockout Header.
Impacts don’t just happen when you’re going one direction at the loading dock. No impacts can occur on the in and the out so this solution allows the door to knock out in both directions. Keeping you fully equipped for mishap and impacts.
10. Door Jamb.
Known to some as ‘the door thingy’ known to Dock Door Experts as ‘the door jamb’ refers to the vertical pieces found on either side of a door, framing the doorway.
Now that you have your ‘Loading Dock Door Lingo’ down it’s time to show it off. Call one of our door experts today at 1-877-408-6788 or click here to request further information about TKO Dock Doors.
Boxing is a tough sport. One of the toughest and it takes boxers hours of training and preparation for each match. Only the best survive in the ring and go on to become champions and title winners. There are many traits which make or break a boxer. Traits that mean a fighter can take a punch and still stand up and be fully operational. On a busy loading dock we expect the same results from our loading dock doors. TKO Dock Doors boast traits similar to that of a medal worthy athlete. No other dock door can take an impact like a TKO door and still be fully functional. An impactable door ensures that work will continue even after a forklift impacts the door.
Have a look at the top three characterizes TKO Dock Doors share with champion boxers:
As with the world’s boxing champions, dock doors must be powerful. The more strength and durability the more endurance the door will have. For moderate to severe forklift traffic, the ability of your dock door to show consistent power is even more important. In this environment, you need the most rugged dock door available such as the TKO CruiserWeight® Dock Door, designed to prevent damage to the door panels and track when impacted. Thanks to the heavy-duty retractable plungers the door can release upon impact. To reposition the door, you simply pull on the handles provided and continue on with your work.
One of the most important elements of boxing is defense. A fighter must be efficient and fast when blocking punches and avoid being hit in the most vulnerable places. Not only is defense important from the point of view of injury but good defense also means less energy is lost by the fighter. The same theory can be applied to your loading dock door. A TKO dock door such as the TKO ThermalWeight® Dock Door which is specifically designed to prevent damage to the door panels and track when impacted also provides ultimate energy protection. Mainly due to its high R-value, these energy saving dock doors are your best line of defense in temperature controlled environments.
TKO Dock Doors are impactable doors with guts. Features that help include:
- The patented Impact-A-Track™ comprised of heavy-duty columns of ultra-high molecular plastic resists damage upon impact. Heavy-duty retractable plungers ride on a V-groove track, plungers retract upon impact and release from opening, preventing panel damage.
- The TKO Dock Door seal is attached to the door versus the door jamb. Upon impact the seal remains attached to the door as opposed to the door jamb.
It takes true guts and discipline for a fighter to jump into a ring knowing full well that they are going to be subjected to hard hits. It takes utter determination to stand in front of another boxer and take an impact and continue to fight back. As a facility owner, you should expect the same from your dock door. Each TKO impactable dock door has been engineered by industry leaders to stand up to impacts that occur at the loading dock. Solid training helps a boxer perform and adds to their ‘guts.’
To find out why your facility needs the power, defense and guts offered by a TKO Dock Door, contact a TKO Door Specialist today 1-877-408-6788 or email@example.com
Fair question to ask considering all the hype these days, energy savings, energy conservation, sustainability, green this, green that. So what matters and what doesn’t matter when it comes to certifying your building as a green energy pro? Huh?
Well first things first not all rating systems consider the same things when certifying. One certification system might rate a building’s energy performance whereas another rating system might require energy simulation models. The overarching fact is this: If you want your building and operations to function in a sustainable manner there are steps that you can take to achieve this. Once you have paved the way with product choices that are energy efficient you are likely to receive a gold star and a pat on the back for being a green building pro. The loading dock is a great place to begin your green building journey. Afterall, the loading dock is where raw materials come in and finished good go out, so the right dock door could be the answer you’re looking for.
Get the basics of green building down.
Energy Star, Green Globes (GG), the living Building Challenge (LBC) and LEED are the top dogs of energy building rating systems. So what’s the difference between energy rating systems and green building codes? Simply put, energy rating systems, such as LEED are voluntary whereas green building ‘codes’ are mandatory. This can depend on where your building is located. Some local governments require buildings to be green and have adopted this code and builders have no choice. The USGBC (LEED) has certified more buildings compared to any other green building rating system in the world. This is a big statement and probably why so many flock to this rating system to verify ‘greenness’ and sustainability.
Fill in the green blanks.
Green Globes, for example, requires evidence of the building’s energy-savings, on the other-hand LEED requires simulation models using a compliant ASHRAE standard 90.1 base building. GG examines the buildings performance and compares it to the Commercial Building Energy Consumption Survey (CBECS) database. LEED considers the use of sustainable materials during construction, also indoor air quality, the use of daylight to reduce lighting cost, and other forms of suspected energy use. At the loading dock, sustainable building materials could begin with dock equipment such as the type of dock door you choose.
Two green LEED friendly dock doors:
- TKO ThermalWeight® is an exceptionally energy efficient, impactable loading dock door. This dock door is designed to prevent damage to the door panels and the door track when impacted while also providing a high R-value in temperature controlled environments. The end result is based on the documentation provided to a reviewer at the end of construction.
- The VertiCool® by TKO is also an exceptionally energy efficient, non-impactable door designed specifically for cold storage applications. VertiCool provides superior energy efficiency at a lower cost of ownership by utilizing 48” high panels and reducing the number of panel joints by 50% in comparison to industry-standard 24” high panels. It is recognized as a better sealing door.
LEED. What’s in it for me?
Certification systems measure a building’s sustainability. The greater a building’s sustainability factor, the less negative impact it will have on our planet, and our -now seriously- scarce resources. While that is oversimplifying things, it is the basic message and the most important one. The irony in the question “What’s in it for me?” is obvious to those who realize the benefits of creating a sustainable building go far beyond the financial savings you are guaranteed. Not to mention, some of the sturdiest and most beautiful buildings in the world are LEED certified green buildings.
Spread the green word and pay it forward.
Spreading good news is, well, good! TKO Dock Door specialists are proficient at tackling dock door energy loss. The right door can help you get your building up-to-speed on sustainability measures.
If you have questions about loading dock door solutions that can help you in your LEED certification quest, contact a TKO Dock Door specialist today: 1-877-408-6788 or firstname.lastname@example.org and in the meantime, spread the green word forward!
Ensuring that your facility is equipped with the most ideal dock door is a vital step in supply chain management. The perfect dock door can mean the difference between an energy-saving, productive loading dock and a money pit. You might be surprised to learn just how much money (in the form of energy) is currently flowing out your dock doors, even when they are closed tight. One way to save energy at the loading dock, in other words, is with a door that doesn’t slack-off on the job. An efficient dock door can take a hit or two and still stand strong against the elements, accidental impacts and guard against energy loss.
Let’s take a look at two different dock door solutions and see how each one is industry specific.
The CruiserWeight® is the most rugged dock door around. Rugged and serious, this door means business and that’s why it is the perfect door for any exceptionally busy loading dock. A busy loading dock translates into high forklift traffic and continuous unloading and loading activity. The CruiserWeight is also extremely well suited to loading docks where doors experience moderate to severe panel or track damage. The heavy-duty retractable plungers allow the door to release upon impact. Forklifts can, and regularly do hit dock doors; it’s just the nature of the beast. So rather than draining your bottom line resources with loss of functionality caused by damaged dock doors choose a door that can take an impact and still be fully functional.
This impactable dock door has 1 – 3/4” thick insulated, foam core panel with damage resistant polymer interior facing. In addition to its strong presence, this door comes installed with a tight perimeter weatherseal. Staying in tune with TKO Dock Doors ingenuity, this seal is attached to the door as opposed to merely the door jamb. While this might seem like a no-brainer, when considering impactable dock doors, you would be surprised to learn just how many dock doors come without a seal of any kind attached to the door itself. Again, TKO Dock Doors take things to the next level by adding a flexible bottom seal for an airtight fit to the floor. This door is easily opened using two rugged handles, if you can manage your home garage door you can open a CruiserWeight no problem.
TKO ThermalWeight® is an impactable door, designed to prevent damage to the door panels and track when impacted and also provides a superior R-value in temperature controlled environments. The 4” thick, moisture-resistant, insulated foam core panel with damage resistant polymer interior facing defends against energy loss and stands strong against impacts. Two highly beneficial features in one resilient dock door. This solution is ideal for a temperature controlled application where traffic is moderately busy. This door can handle moderate panel damage and moderate to severe track damage.
So what happens if a forklift accidently drives into this door? With a standard metal track equipped with roller guides, likely the track will just bend out of shape making the dock door inoperable until repair. Leaving major gaps in the door, or worse still, leaving the door so damaged that it must remain fully open and exposed to the outside elements. The latter is utterly detrimental in a cold storage environment, where perishable items are extremely temperature sensitive.
The patented Impact-A-Track™ comprised of heavy-duty columns of ultra-high molecular plastic resists damage upon impact. Heavy-duty retractable plungers ride on a V-groove track, plungers retract upon impact and release from opening, preventing panel damage. To reset the door after an impact, you simply pull on the two door handles and the door will slot back into position and become fully functional again. The feature reduces slowdowns at the loading dock, extremely useful when demand is high and loading/unloading activity is up.
Staying true to its name, the ThermalWeight Dock Door is heavy on conserving energy and comes with a tight perimeter weatherseal. This double loop seal works to prevent energy loss. In true TKO style, this design thinks ahead and considers the possible - and the very likely to occur - in any loading dock setting. This is why the seal is attached to the dock door versus the door jamb. Upon impact the seal remains attached to the door as opposed to the door jamb. Simply pull on the doors two handles, reset the door and enjoy a consistent, tightly sealed dock door once again.
Every application is different. TKO Dock Door experts understand this and evaluate each facility to determine which solution fits best. Many variables come into the decision making process such as perceived panel damage, or loading dock traffic but TKO never deviates from the end object, an energy efficient, impactable dock door.
Visit www.TKODoors.com to find out more.
Valentine’s Day may well have come and gone but love is still in the air on the loading dock and it comes in shape of a vertical dock leveler and a TKO Dock Door. As you may well know, relationships that work best are the ones where both individuals are most compatible. Funnily enough, this is also true of your loading dock equipment. Take, for example, VERTICOOL® by TKO. Designed to match perfectly with a vertical dock leveler, some might say, a match made in heaven.
To understand the inn’s and outs of this fitting pair, first we must take a look at the vertical dock leveler, individually.
The VSL Vertical Storing Dock Leveler was designed by Serco engineers to meet the biggest challenges that face companies in industries such as food, beverage and pharmaceutical. These industries come with the highest requirements for cleanliness at the loading dock and inside the warehouse. Sustaining a clean, energy-efficient warehouse environment is paramount when the product is something as sensitive as food or pharmaceuticals.
It is imperative for the dock doors in these facilities to close snugly and tightly against the floor. Leaving no gaps or open spaces under doors this not only accounts for energy savings but it also works to keep rodents and other harmful debris outside where they belong.
That’s why thousands count on the Vertical Storing Dock Leveler for unequalled environmental control along with safe, secure performance, day after day. The very fact that this leveler is stored inside the building means dock doors can be closed securely against the warehouse floor.
Now we move over to the other half of this perfect duo, the VertiCool dock door.
This VertiCool dock door was specifically designed with a vertical dock leveler in mind. It answers the demand for a cost-effective and energy-efficient dock door for use in Vertical Storing Dock Leveler applications. It is more effective than a standard sectional door and less expensive than a Vertical Rise Freezer Door.
Getting down to the nitty-gritty, though, the benefits of this door are endless. The 4” thick closed cell XEPS foam panel boasts an R-23 for superior thermal protection. With 48” panels compared to the industries 24” standard, there are a reduced number of panel joints. A reduced number of panel joints mean greater than a 50% increase in protection against energy loss compared to that of a regular standard panel door. The best in class calls for the most efficient seals, so dual compression side seals are mounted to the door panel rather than the door jamb. Therefore when the door is in a raised position, the seals are out of the impact zone and harm’s way. By avoiding seal damage you are ensuring a tight continuous seal every time your door is closed. This feature alone adds to the potential life of your dock door and reduces the cost of ownership. There is also an additional equally durable seal at the base of the VertiCool door. This double-loop compression seal makes for a tight, secure seal on the warehouse floor and helps to prevent the door from freezing shut.
The patent-pending door track of the VertiCool door is unlike any other and for good reasons. This door boasts a heavy-duty full opening height polymer thermal break track with 14-gauge galvanized steel guides. With this polymer track, strength and perseverance are in. As is energy efficiency, thanks to the energy reflective foil fabric that is wrapped around the track. While the VertiCool track tells energy loss to hit the road, it also prevents the accumulation of moisture on the dock that can cause mold buildup and make the dock floors dangerously slippery.
It is no wonder that Plant Engineering named the VertiCool a finalist in their ‘Product of the Year’ 2011 awards. The benefits of this door are invaluable especially when dealing with a sensitive, cold storage application.
For the temperature controlled dock of cold storage facilities, the most cost effective solution is most definitely the VertiCool door with a Vertical Storing Dock Leveler.
The benefits of the Vertical Storing Dock Leveler:
- Stored upright inside the building rather than down in a concrete pit
- Allows dock door to close tightly against the warehouse floor
Combined with the benefits of the VertiCool TKO door:
- 48” panels compared to the industries 24” standard
- A reduced number of panel joints
- Dual compression side seals are mounted to the door panel
- 4” thick closed cell XEPS foam panel boasts an R-23 for superior thermal protection
Equals a recipe for increased energy savings at your loading dock…
As mentioned, the compatibility of this pair is evident in the savings that you will experience.
The Vertical Storing Dock Leveler stands to protect the VertiCool door from damage. When the door is in a raised position it acts as an additional barrier against forklift impacts and the like.
In addition to showing you all of the positive reviews, the increased energy-savings felt by our customers who chose this solution for their cold storage facility, TKO offers customers something more personal. With an Energy Efficiency Analysis by a TKO Dock Door expert you can see just how much money is falling through the cracks. Although, you may not be able to see the energy loss now, TKO’s experts have the tools to show it to you.
Each Energy Efficiency Analysis includes:
- State-of-the-art thermal imaging to identify gaps and energy loss
- Site-specific energy loss calculations
- Statistical review of each dock opening’s energy loss
Click here to find out more about TKO Dock Doors and the Vertical Storing Dock Leveler
This country loves two things: business success stories and pizza. Papa John’s combined the two by installing TKO® Dock Doors at their Quality Center in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The story starts in 1983 when John Schnatter, fresh out of college, came home to help work his father’s tavern out of debt. Despite his father’s untimely death later that year and in the face of all he had to deal with, Schnatter pulled the business into solvency and supplemented sales along the way by offering his own approach to pizza. Though the pizza sales started off slowly at first, by 1986 Schnatter had built up enough appetite for his product in Jeffersonville, Indiana, to launch Papa John’s, an international company that has sales of more than a billion dollars a year, employing more than 70,000 people worldwide, making it the third largest pizza chain in America.
All the ingredients that go into their pizzas are processed through the Quality Centers such as the facility located in Grand Prairie, TX, which serves more than 2,800 Papa John’s restaurants within a roughly 400-mile range.
Out of this 75,000 square foot facility, the company sends out dough, toppings, sauce, cheese and other franchise supplies to stores located in the Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Kansas and New Mexico.
Larry Parker is the Facilities Manager at the Grand Prairie Quality Control Center. After operating in the facility for the last 11 years, Parker came to the conclusion that their dock doors were running up unacceptable costs for the business. With a brisk operation pace over two shifts, accidents between the dock doors and forklifts were fairly common causing thousands of dollars in door damage and energy loss.
When forklifts carry product out of the freezer, it goes directly to the trucks. During this trip to the dock, doors can get hit any number of ways, including direct hits by reversing forklifts or by pallets shoved into the lower panel.
Door accidents were often a disruption to the operation. “I often had to have the door repair
company come in and re-hang the doors,” says Parker. And losing just one door can hinder the flow of product. “Now that we have TKO doors, the guys reset the panels quickly and easily after they get hit. In fact, many times when the doors do get hit they never have to tell me.”
In all food operations, doors are a necessary component in the supply chain. Even though the docks are kept at ambient temperature, gaps between the door and the doorframe can allow the escape of energy.
Parker elected to replace all eight dock doors on their shipping and receiving walls at one time. Parker pulled his numbers together for Papa John’s management at the Louisville headquarters, and received approval to invest in the heavy-duty TKO WelterWeight doors.
These doors have a unique impactable design that allows them to stand up to the abuse they
experience on the dock. They use heavy duty, retractable plungers versus rollers and ride in a v-grooved track. When a fork lift or other object collides with the doors, the impact causes the plungers to retract, allowing the door to release from the opening and prevent panel damage. After the door is knocked out from the track, a light pull on the door handles resets the door, putting it back in operation quickly without damage.
TKO’s patented Impact-A-Track was another reason Papa John’s decided to go with the WelterWeight door. As a first line of defense against impacts on the door tracks, the rugged Impact-A-Track runs 3’ up the door opening where most track impacts and damage occurs. Made of solid, ultra high molecular weight plastic, the tracks effortlessly deflect fork lifts and other material handling vehicles without sustaining any damage or exposing the facility to energy loss unlike traditional metal roller doors.
When a traditional sectional door track is hit it bends out of shape. The roller guides that carry the door panels become harder to operate; enticing dock workers to leave the doors open between loads which leaves the facility vulnerable to mass energy loss in the hot Texas summers.
The WelterWeight’s design not only protects against energy loss resulting from impacts that
damage traditional doors, it offers some of the best sealing capabilities available. The weather side seal incorporates a loop seal and brush seal to prevent unwanted elements from entering the facility. The seal is attached to the door versus the jamb, keeping it out of the way of potential damage to provide a tighter, more consistent seal. The 3” bottom brush seal maximizes the perimeter seal when used in addition to the bottom loop seal preventing energy loss and debris from entering this cold storage, food distribution facility.
Has the investment paid off? According to Parker, “After the first two or three hits we had the TKO doors paid for when you work in the labor, parts and downtime.” “We used to see the door repair company a lot. Now we never see them at all.”
Papa John’s company formula for success has been to focus on one thing and do it better than anyone else. Thanks to the TKO doors at their Grand Prairie facility, their attention no longer needs to be on dock door repairs and maintenance, allowing them to re-focus on the things that make their company unique: “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza”.
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, life has been difficult and slow to get back to normal from Canada to North Carolina to Wisconsin. Millions who bore the brunt of the storm are now working to assess the damage and begin the hard work of rebuilding. According to a recent article in Modern Materials Handling, relief agencies are working to identify and assist those hardest hit, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is connecting communities in need with concerned members of the supply chain community.
ALAN is currently collecting information on supply chain disruptions resulting from this event, and the numbers thus far are staggering. In fact, many expect figures to be a lot larger once all of the losses have been analyzed, including the business interruption losses in the supply chain. But do companies have an option to help reduce losses from facility damage and business interruptions? How can warehouses and other facilities protect their products and assets from these storms?
Protection on the outside makes all the difference on the inside. TKO impactable dock doors were first introduced to address the common damage and downtime issues associated with traditional overhead doors used in distribution centers and warehouses, which are similar to a standard garage door, hardly built to take a hit from a forklift much less withstand tropical storm or hurricane force winds.
A logical next step for TKO’s team of engineers was to enable the doors to stand up high wind events and flying debris from hurricanes, tropical storms or tornados associated with storms like Sandy. In 2010, they introduced the Wind Load Package that went on to be a Plant Engineering Product of the Year Finalist as well as become the industry’s first overhead door to receive Florida Building Code and Miami-Dade Approval, some of the toughest and most stringent requirement in the world. The unique features of these warehouse doors that allow them to stand up to high wind events include heavy-duty, retractable plungers, the patented Impact-A-Track, damage-resistant panels with polycarbonate skin and slide locks with lock out pins.
If a forklift or flying debris collides into a TKO dock door with Wind Load Package, heavy duty, retractable plungers that ride in a v-grooved track allow the door to release from the opening and prevent panel damage. After the door is knocked out from the track, a light pull on the door handles resets the door, putting it back in operation quickly without damage.
The damage resistant panels with polycarbonate skin guard against damage from flying debris and materials as well as provide a layer of UV protection from the sun’s harmful rays that can weaken the doors panels.
The high-density Impact-A-Track which mounts flush to the jambs is another part of these unique wind load rated impactable doors, which enable the door to remain attached to the wall. Made of solid, ultra high molecular weight plastic, the tracks effortlessly deflect fork lifts and other debris without sustaining any damage or exposing the facility to energy loss unlike traditional metal roller doors.
Negative wind pressures are a particular issue with overhead doors in general. To combat these forces, TKO’s Wind Load Package has multiple slide locks that are mounted securely to a steel plate on the panels. As a storm approaches, the crew can engage the slide locks into holes along the height of the guide track and secure with a pin that is attached to the tracks.
While facilities along the Atlantic coast have suffered billions of dollars of damage due to high wind events, TKO’s innovative and stringently tested wind load rated impactable doors can help distribution and warehouses facilities of all sizes obtain reduced property damage and maintain a more secure loading dock after the storm, leading to minimal disruption to the supply chain. Learn more about the TKO Wind Load Package at tkodoors.com.
From all of us at TKO Doors, we would like to you wish you, your family and friends a very Happy Holiday season! It is a very special time of year for all of us to spend time with family and loved ones, reflect on the past year and look forward to what 2013 (hopefully) has in store!
In the food and beverage industry, it is important to maintain the seal of a facility to prevent contamination and spoilage. Whether it is a temperature-controlled cold storage facility, a dry goods warehouse, or a combination of the two, companies must make sure that their products are as protected as possible from outside contaminants and temperature fluctuations.
Here are a few benefits that TKO specialty and impactable warehouse doors provide to food and beverage facilities:
Damage-resistance: When forklifts are moving in and out of trailers at different dock positions all day, every day, it’s inevitable that doors will sustain some type of damage. A quality dock door, such as the TKO CruiserWeight will be able to withstand a forklift impact without causing damage to the panel. The damage-resistance will help protect the integrity of a facility as even the smallest dents and deformations can cause air leaks that could affect the sustainability of products.
Many TKO door models have a unique impactable design that allows them to stand up to the abuse they experience on the dock. They use heavy duty, retractable plungers versus rollers that ride in a v-grooved track. When a fork lift or other object collides with these doors, the impact causes the plungers to retract, allowing the door to release from the opening and prevent panel damage. After the door is knocked out from the track, a light pull on the door handles resets the door, putting it back in operation quickly without damage and without opening the facility up to dust and debris entering or chilled air escaping.
Insulation: In a cold storage facility, chances are the walls are insulated to help regulate the temperature. Shouldn’t dock doors be insulated as well? Having a door with 1 ¾ to 4 inches of insulation can provide a good R-value and keep your temperatures consistent around the dock.
While all TKO doors are designed to be energy efficient, two models in particular, the ThermalWeight and the VertiCool are designed specifically for use in cold storage facilities and offer some of the best insulation properties available on the market today.
Weatherseal: Every facility needs its doors to seal up tight, but that’s especially important in the food and beverage industry. TKO door models keep their weatherseal on the door instead of the track. This keeps the seal out of the way of forklifts, helping it to stay effective and provide a tight, consistent seal for years after installation.
TKO doors offer some of the best sealing capabilities available standard and come with a variety of options to increase the effectiveness of their seal even more. As an additional layer of protection to these doors’ already tight perimeter weatherseal, many facilities choose to include the 3” Bottom Brush Kit. The side seal incorporates a loop seal and brush seal to prevent unwanted elements from entering the facility. The bottom brush seal maximizes the perimeter seal when used in addition to the bottom loop seal preventing energy loss and debris from entering cold storage or food distribution facilities.
Tracks: Most door tracks as some point are going to be hit by forklifts and product loads. If a door track is damaged, it can make it more difficult for the door to open and close, which can put strain on your workers’ backs and even entice them to leave doors open between loads.
Since track damage is one of the leading causes of broken seals and gaps on the doors that let chilled air out, try installing TKO’s patented Impact-A-Track. As a first line of defense against impacts on the door tracks, the rugged Impact-A-Track runs from 3’ to full height up the door opening where most track impacts and damage occurs. Made of solid, ultra high molecular weight plastic, the tracks effortlessly deflect fork lifts and other material handling vehicles without sustaining any damage or exposing the facility to energy loss unlike traditional metal roller doors.
Your dock door should be the last thing that comes between you and a productive, safe facility. Investing in the right dock door will help keep facilities, products and end consumers safe. For more information, visit tkodoors.com.