Leading European tank design and manufacturing company, Balmoral Tanks, has become one of the latest organisations to streamline and control its loading operation with the addition of bespoke loading dock equipment, designed and manufactured by Thorworld Industries.
The global water, wastewater and processing storage solution specialist, which is a division of Balmoral Group Holdings Ltd., is based in Thurnscoe, South Yorkshire, and is an established authority in the creation of sectional and cylindrical tanks, manufactured using a basis of either steel or concrete, and constructed using in the region of up to 400 tank sheets which can be erected in situ.
Serving client sectors including civil engineering, fire-fighting, potable/non-potable water, anaerobic digestion, biofuel, biomass, wastewater treatment, desalination and drainage, Balmoral Tanks has become a reputable name in its field, having proved itself committed to operating at the very highest levels of health and safety, and through ensuring best practice, always.
The company’s level of customer care, reinforced by its manufacturing assets, has led to significant growth in recent years, and consequently, a move to extensive, purpose-built premises. The new site has been designed to be inclusive of a loading dock area, creating the opportunity to discontinue the company’s need, and considerable associated costs, of involving a third-party loading provider, as Balmoral Tank’s Operation’s Director, Bryan Bentley explains:
“Prior to the site relocation, we’d spent in the region of £125,000 over an 12-month period on third party loading services. Keen to reduce these transport loading costs, we ensured the design of our new premises would include space for a loading operation.
“Having worked in the logistics sector for many years, I was familiar with Thorworld Industries and had brought the company’s equipment into play on several occasions in the past.”
Impressed with the firm’s equipment quality, functionality and safety standards, Bryan had no hesitation in calling upon Thorworld again, to have his customer requirements met by the manufacturer’s sales agent, Darmax Ltd.
A considered assessment of the loading space available led James Corfield, Director at Darmax Ltd. to recommend a ramp and a modular dock system, that together would enable a flat access point for operatives to reach containers, with dimensions suitable for accommodating Balmoral’s 3m x 1.5m by 400mm delivery boxes.
“The construction of Balmoral’s tanks can involve assembly of up to 400 tank sheets, with each delivered in a separate, carefully packaged box,” he explains.
“To enable Balmoral to continue achieving its meticulous delivery standards, we had to ensure the design of the new modular platform was large enough to safely accommodate the length of the load, as well as a fork lift truck. Removable barriers were also incorporated into the side of the platform, as the recommended loading technique involved using a forklift to bring individual loads out of the factory. This allowed loads to be placed onto the side of the platform, before the vehicle’s forks are safely removed. The method has enabled Balmoral’s drivers to access the ramp from the factory floor, so driving up the ramp without a projecting load, prior to lifting the load forward, into the container.”
James goes onto explain that the dock height was set appropriately to support the container’s level, and a dock plate was included to ease access. Handrails and anti-slip flooring were also added to the apparatus, further increasing safety levels.
“Working with James has been great. We’ve found him very easy to work with and his design approach was knowledgeable and effective,” Bryan continues.
“The new equipment was designed and delivered ahead of the scheduled timings. It performs perfectly and has enabled logistics considerably. Already our loading costs have been reduced by 70 percent and loading time has decreased by half.
“We’re now in full control of our loading operation, using equipment that has completely enabled our expanding operation. The timing couldn’t be better, as we’ve plans to expand further next year owing to increased capacity.”