Before securing the contract, Stertil Dock Products was asked to participate in exhaustive trials, in competition with other manufacturers, at Amazon sites in the UK, France and Germany. The trials were highly successful in proving the performance and reliability of the Combilok across a whole range of lorries and vans including double deck vehicles. Consequently, Amazon placed an order, with a contract value of £3.5 million, covering the supply and installation of more than 500 Combilok systems.
The Stertil Combilok vehicle restraint system helps to ensure the safe loading and unloading of vehicles by eliminating the common problem of poor communication between drivers and distribution personnel in loading bays. The Combilok was developed exclusively to reduce the risk of unintentional vehicle movement on loading bays and offers a ‘safety net’ against poor communication by holding vehicles in one place until loading or unloading is completed. Not only does this improve safety, it also eliminates damage to expensive goods and equipment and helps guard against theft.
During operation, the Combilok is fully interlocked: the loading bay door cannot be opened until the Combilok is in position and the Combilok cannot be released until the door is closed again and it is safe to drive away. Totally automatic in operation, the Combilok also overcomes any language difficulties that may arise with drivers delivering from all over the world.
Providing unrivalled efficiency and reliability, the Combilok helps companies
to fulfil their health and safety obligations in loading bays. The system accommodates most types of commercial vehicles including those with ‘tail lifts’ and its ease of assembly on smooth surfaces like stelcon plates means that it’s ideal for both new and existing sites. Stertil has also designed the Combilok system with a minimal number of moving parts thus making it safe, simple and inexpensive both to install and maintain.
"This latest order from Amazon is the largest in our history," says Andy Georgiou, general manager of Stertil Dock Products. "Our Combilok system really proved itself in trials across three countries and we received no negative feedback at all. Amazon joins a long list of our satisfied customers who recognise the vital role played by the Combilok system in helping to ensure the safety of drivers and loading bay personnel."