Leading high quality loading and unloading equipment specialist Thorworld Industries has introduced optional low energy LED bulbs for its Standard Plus Dock Lights as a cost-effective, energy efficient alternative to the existing 80 watt bulbs. This introduction continues Thorworld’s drive towards enhancing sustainability across its product range, as well as supporting customers’ own environmental policies by offering ‘green’ solutions wherever possible.
Compared to standard halogen bulbs, the 12 watt LED bulbs deliver an energy saving of approximately 85%. At the same time, they have no adverse effect on light quality, with a comparable standard of illumination to halogens (over 1000 Lumens).
That’s not the only advantage to customers: the lifespan of an LED bulb is as much as 50,000 hours. This is at least a ten-fold increase in life expectancy over halogen bulbs, ensuring significant reductions in the replacement of consumables for a lower overall cost of ownership. Thorworld estimates that, under typical distribution centre operating conditions, the LED Dock Light becomes more cost-effective within two years of purchase.
Speaking about the LED Dock Lights, Thorworld managing director, John Meale, said: "With rising energy prices and the growth of corporate sustainability policies, our customers are on the lookout for long-term solutions that can simultaneously reduce costs and waste.
"Changing a light bulb might seem only a small act, but it produces a big ‘win’ – meaning less hassle, lower energy consumption and enhanced environmental credentials, without any discernable loss of illumination."
This environmental initiative follows Thorworld’s continuing success with its Thortight Inflatable Dock Seals and the launch in 2010 of its unique new patented Sliding Nylon Dock Bumpers – whose ingenious designs likewise provide customers with added value in terms of cost, efficiency and sustainability.
Thortight Inflatable Dock Seals provide virtually airtight sealed insulation between internal and external environments – making them ideal for all forms of warehousing and distribution centres, and particularly for those operating an ambient or temperature controlled building such as a cold store.
Once the vehicle is in position, the seals inflate within 30 seconds to maintain a consistent internal temperature. This prevents the loss of refrigerated or warm air, which is both costly and inefficient in terms of the additional energy required by climate control systems to stabilise the temperature.
It also helps to prevent ingress of dirt, dust or insects to minimise the potential for contamination. In areas where food or other hygiene critical products are prepared or stored, this can significant reduce the risk of food waste – a major contributor to carbon footprints.
Also proving an instant success has been Thorworld’s new patented Sliding Nylon Dock Bumpers, whose clever design optimises material use to deliver an increased life-span of as much as four times that of a traditional nylon dock bumper and significantly more than that for conventional rubber dock bumpers.
The use of dock bumpers is intended to provide customers with years of cost-effective, shock-absorbing protection, saving tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage to vehicles and docks.
By incorporating an innovative sliding design, Thorworld adds further value because each bumper can be turned upside-down and back-to-front to ensure even wear, thus extending its lifespan.
Added to this, the sliding action helps to extend the bumper’s lifespan still further because the nylon can move with the vehicle thus minimising abrasion damage.
Thorworld is committed to sustainability throughout its business, as John Meale confirmed: "We are driven to implement ‘green’ thinking as standard. Most of our existing steel, nylon, rubber and aluminium products are already recyclable, and we endeavour to source sustainable materials wherever possible.
"In addition, our engineering pedigree ensures that nothing need be wasted when it can be recycled. One scheme that is proving increasingly popular is the supply of refurbished Mobile Yardramps, which not only provide low-cost alternatives for customers on a budget but serve to avoid unnecessary scrappage."
Thorworld is firmly established as one of the foremost designers, manufacturers and suppliers to the loading bay and materials handling sectors and is recognised as both a market leader and innovator in the supply of quality engineered equipment.
The company provides a one-stop, single source for an extensive range of high quality loading bay and materials handling products, safety aids and accessories, including dock shelters and seals, dock levellers, modular loading docks, dock plates and boards, dock and vehicle bumpers, wheel chocks, vehicle restraints, traffic lights, wheel guides, alignment curbs and mobile yardramps (available for purchase or rental on a sale or return basis through the company’s RentARamp operation), together with the Truckloada mobile yardlift and the Dockloada scissor lift platform.