Faster vehicle loading and unloading with less manhandling is being achieved at Firebox.com as a result of using Thorworld loading bay equipment.
The on-line retailer, which specialises in toys and games for boys of all ages, recently moved to larger 47,000 sq ft warehouse premises in Croydon which has four loading docks.
Thorworld supplied counter-balanced drawbridge type dock levellers to two of the docks used by courier vehicles. During the busy pre-Christmas sales period, which runs for three months starting in October, as many as 15 collections are made each day.
The levellers are ideal for fitting to existing docks as they eliminate the need for any structural work, with any height differences between the vehicle and dock self-compensating.
Strong springs counterbalance the levellers during lifting and lowering, and safety side curbs are fitted as standard. When not in use the levellers are stored and locked in the vertical position.
Both bays with counter-balanced levellers were also fitted with a steel goalpost and protective bumper supports.
A third bay used to unload containers bringing in products from overseas has been equipped with a Thorworld hinged ramp combination unit that sits inside the warehouse doors.
The unit consists of a hinged type ramp and a hinged bridge plate, with additional dock bumpers and associated vehicle protection equipment.
Thorworld hinged bridge plates are manufactured from high tensile aluminium alloy and are available in capacities from 500 to 4,000kg. They have a safety tread finish and 75mm guidelines painted on the edges.
The combination unit is easily moved via cuts-outs under the ramp, built to suit fork lift or pallet truck design. Optional locking pins and a handrail are available for increased safety.
The fourth bay was fitted with a dock plate, for more lightweight applications in busy periods.
Steve Low, Operations Director for Firebox.com said that considerable time savings were being achieved now that they now longer had to manually load and offload vehicles.
Thorworld is firmly established as a leading, one-stop, single source supplier to the loading bay and materials handling sectors, and is recognised as both a leader and innovator in the provision of quality engineered equipment.
BSI registered with ISO 9002 accreditation since 1992, as well as CE mark certification, it was one of the first companies in the industry to achieve the ISO 9001:2000 international quality management standard.
The company provides a comprehensive selection of high quality loading & unloading equipment and loading bay accessories & safety aids, such as: dock shelters & seals, dock levellers, modular loading docks, dock plates & boards, dock & vehicle bumpers and wheel chocks, as well as the Truckloada mobile yardlift and the Dockloada scissor lift platform.
The Thorworld product range also includes their market leading mobile yard ramps.
Ideal for the fast and efficient loading and unloading of vehicle trailers and containers by fork truck, particularly where there is no raised loading dock, the ramps are CE marked and conform to all European quality & safety standards and legislation.
Available as Standard, Deluxe and Super Deluxe (light, medium and heavy duty) models, with 7,000 kg, 10,000 kg, 12,000 kg or 15,000 kg capacities and in lengths from 11 to 12.2 metres, Thorworld mobile container loading ramps are ruggedly built of solid beam construction, with a serrated open grid deck for positive traction in all weathers.
In addition to outright purchase, a ramp rental facility is also provided through the company's RentARamp operation, with a sale or return option.