Three Key Benefits of Dynamic Loading Dock Solutions:
Dynamic loading dock solutions provide warehouses with a variety of benefits.
These can include:
1. Increased throughput for higher productivity
With more efficient processes in place, workers will be able to load-and-unload more parcels in a given period. At each facility, loading dock workers would move a gravity conveyor onto the truck, place the product on the conveyor, and guide the product to the back of the truck. In addition to being an ergonomic improvement, it’s also more time efficient as well. This not only results in higher throughput, but it also means higher overall productivity and reduced labor costs as a result of increased loading dock efficiency.
2. Creates optimal loading-and-unloading sequences
When products are moved on permanent or portable gravity conveyors, the parcels are sequenced using First In, First Out (FIFO) best practices. This allows workers to stage products to be loaded onto a truck in a specific order. So, the first items loaded on the conveyor and truck would be the driver’s last stop and progress throughout their route. In addition to FIFO, flexible conveyors allow workers to quickly establish lines when they are needed. The ability to deploy equipment only when it is needed allows workers to re-purpose areas of your facility to ensure the use of loading dock space is maximized.
3. Improved ergonomics and worker happiness
When loading docks are not optimized for ergonomics, workplace injuries are more likely to affect parcel handlers. Employees can leverage flexible gravity conveyors to expand deeper into the trailer as they unload trucks. Flexible conveyors also allow workers to spend less time climbing and reaching into trucks to move packages. This ultimately improves ergonomics which increases productivity and makes flexible conveyors an ideal solution for enhancing worker safety as well. By leveraging gravity, employees are further protected from unnecessary strain-related workplace injuries.