Dock Shelters

Dock shelters form a seal between vehicles and the building, and as such are an indispensable component of any docking system with many advantages:

  • Thermal insulation – Substantially reduces the heat or cold that is lost through the open door when docking
  • Dust and debris – Protects from the ingress of dust and debris blown in through open doorways
  • Weather protection – Protects against inclement weather such as wind and rain, which can make interior areas of the loading bay wet and dangerously slippery
  • Productivity – Optimum working conditions in relation to temperature, noise and environment can be maintained, which in turn helps to increase productivity

Product Range

There are many different types of dock shelter so there will always be a best solution to suit your needs. Have a look at the range we offer:

Foam Pad Dock Seal (DR100,DR101)

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Foam Pad Dock Seal
Specification DR100 – without wear pleats

The main cover is constructed from one piece of 900g/m2 PVC-coated polyester fabric with no transverse seams top or bottom, which alleviates splitting problems due to heavy usage. The covers have air vents to allow air to exhaust on compression.

Stitched to the front face of the cover, and extending 50mm down each side and ends is a single piece of hard-wearing 1500/m2 coated nylon which forms the main wear area to the seal.

Fire resistant foam with an excellent recovery rate is used for the core of the pad seals. The foam pads are bonded to a 50mm timber backboard.

Head and side pad standard profile is 300mm square with a height to suit building/vehicle parameters. The side pads may be wedged for use on wide doorways and tapered for vehicle approaches that are not level. Each side pad has a high visibility guide stripe stitched 1000mm from the bottom to the front face, to help the docking vehicle to locate central to the doorway.

Specification DR101 – with wear pleats

The DR101 is constructed similar to the DR100 except that the front face of the side pads have wear pleats made from 1500gm m2 coated nylon stitched to the cover with two rows of heavy duty bonded nylon thread. The wear pleats have 100% overlap and come with high visibility strips to aid vehicle docking.

Structural Requirements

A flat fixing face in the same plane is required. Suitable fixing brackets are needed. Foam pads must be closely matched to the vehicle height and width with a maximum door opening of approximately 2.4m

Options:

  • Integrated head curtain
  • Wedged and/or tapered sides
  • Galvanised backing tray
  • Velcro attached pads for easy replacement
  • 1m bottom boot option
  • Full height guide stripe

Rigid Dock Shelter (DR200)

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Rigid Dock ShelterSpecification

The DR200 Rigid Dock Shelter is designed to accommodate vehicles of various sizes.

The shelter forms a seal between the building and vehicle protecting goods and workforce from the external elements such as wind and rain helping to prevent slips and falls from wet floors.

The shelter frames are constructed from galvanised steel box section, covered with 900g polyester PVC fabric .

The shelter curtains are manufactured from either a 3.5mm heavy duty material (DR200HD) or a standard 900g base fabric with a 1500g material sewn on in impact areas (DR200S)

The side curtains are held taut by a bungee cord.

All three frames are finished with aluminum angle to the front edges. The complete shelter sits on steel support brackets.

Structural Requirements
Rigid Dock Shelter Specs
A flat fixing face in the same plane is required. The standard size for this shelter is 3500mm wide x 3500mm high . The side curtains are 700mm wide and the head curtain is a 1200mm standard size. The shelter has a standard projection of 600mm and sits on support brackets typically 1200mm above ground level.
The Dock Shelters are available either as dock mounted, ground level or non-protruding versions and can also be supplied with draft curtains

Options:

  • Adjustable head
  • Colours to suit building requirements
  • Laminate head curtain
  • Draft curtains
  • Alternative curtain sizes to suit vehicle
  • Corner pads

Retractable Dock Shelter (DR300)

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Retractable Dock ShelterSpecification

The DR300 Retractable Dock shelter is manufactured from a 60mm x 30mm galvanised steel box section main frame with 30mm x 30mm galvanised steel box section cantilever arms bolted to the front and back beams which are pivoted at each end to allow the shelter to retract against the building in the event of vehicle impact.

The cantilever arms allow the shelter to retract under impact from a mis-aligned vehicle, once the mis-aligned vehicle pulls away the shelter will return to its original position under its own weight.

The side and roof frames are clad in a 600gm flexible PVC/Polyester waterproof fabric with the front beam being 100mm lower than the rear beam to allow water to run-off.

Each side curtain is fitted with vehicle guide marks to aid docking , and the head curtain can also be equipped with an adjustable head curtain to match to varying heights of vehicles.

Shelters can be fitted with corner pads in the base of the shelter as an additional seal

Structural Requirements
Retractable Dock Shelter Specs
The standard size for this shelter is 3500mm wide x 3500mm high . The side curtains are 700mm wide and the head curtain is a 1200mm standard size. The shelter has a standard projection of 600mm and sits on support brackets typically 1200mm above ground level.
The Dock Shelters are available either as dock mounted, ground level or non-protruding versions and can also be supplied with draft curtains

Options:

  • Adjustable head
  • Colours to suit building requirements
  • Laminate head curtain
  • Draft curtains
  • Alternative curtain sizes to suit vehicle
  • Corner pads

Inflatable Dock Seals (DR400,400B)

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Inflatable Dock Seals
Specification DR400 (Fully Insulated Inflatable Seals)
The shelter is inflated by a fan motor to seal the head and side bags against both sides and the top of a vehicle body. The head and side bags are made of 1000 denier Cordura, a hard wearing waterproof material with a high tear resistance, manufactured from woven nylon coated with polyurethane. Heavy duty 2-ply rubber type material 3.5mm thick, is used for the storage curtains.

The side bags have an integral lower return bag to complete the seal at the bottom of the vehicle body.

The body is manufactured from 50mm thick insulated panel and the standard colour to both sides of the panel is white. Other colours are available as an option.

The fan is powered by a 0.18kw 415v 3ph electric motor. Inflation time is between 10 and 15 seconds. Standard control panel is an on-off switch. The control is switched on to inflate the airbags after the vehicle has docked. The fan runs continually while the loading/unloading operation takes place.

After the fan is de-activated, a counterbalance system deflates the head bag and an internal retraction system deflates the side bags which return behind storage curtains. The side storage curtains have guide markers welded to them to assist in correct vehicle positioning within the shelter.

Specification DR400B Non-Insulated Seals
The DR400B is essentially the same specification as the DR400 other than the insulated panels. With the DR400B the shelter is constructed from galvanised steel box section covered with a polyester based PVC fabric

Structural Requirements
A flat fixing face in the same plane is required. The standard size for this shelter is 3660mm wide x 3700mm high x 900mm projection and sits on support brackets typically 1200mm above ground level.

Options:

  • Insulated panels to match the colour of the building
  • Traffic light system with composite control panels
  • Air bags in other colours

Combination Dock Seals (DR600,DR601)

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Combination Dock Seals
Specification
The DR600,DR601 Combination Dock Seals are designed with similar sides to the DR100,101 Foam Dock Pads but with an inflatable head bag.

The main benefit of combining the foam pad seals with an inflatable head provides an excellent all round seal, and it is versatile enough to accommodate a variation of vehicles and heights.

The head bag made of 1000 denier Cordura, a hard wearing waterproof material with a high tear resistance, manufactured from woven nylon coated with polyurethane is inflated by a fan motor to seal it against the top of the vehicle.

The fan is powered by a 0.18kw 415v 3ph electric motor. Inflation time is between 10 and 15 seconds. Standard control panel is an on-off switch. The control is switched on to inflate the airbags after the vehicle has docked, and runs continually while the loading/unloading operation takes place.

After the fan is de-activated, a counterbalance system deflates the head bag which returns it behind a storage curtain made from a heavy duty rubber type material .

The side pads are manufactured from fire resistant foam with an excellent recovery rate is used for the core of the pad seals. The foam pads are bonded to a 50mm timber backboard.

The side pads standard profile is 300mm square and can be wedged for use on wide doorways or tapered for vehicle approaches that are not level. Each side pad has a high visibility guide stripe stitched 1000mm from the bottom to the front face, to help the docking vehicle to locate central to the doorway.

Structural Requirements
A flat fixing face in the same plane is required. The standard size for this shelter is 3100mm wide x 3700mm high x 625mm projection.

Options:

  • Traffic light system with composite control panels
  • Wedged and/or tapered sides
  • In bottom boot option
  • Full height guide stripe

Flush-fitted Inflatable Dock Seals (DR700)

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Flush-fitted Inflatable Dock Seals
Specification
The DR700 is a inflatable shelter with no structural side projection and has wraparound bags. The inflatable head seal is mounted on an insulated panel, which is suspended on support brackets which form the roof with a standard projection of 750mm. The head bag is retracted by means of a counterweight and is hidden behind a 3.5mm thick rubber type storage curtain when retracted.

The inflatable side seals are mounted on to galvanised steel ‘top hat’ sections and will wrap around the vehicle sides when inflated. The counterbalance weight will run vertically behind one of the side bags.

They have an internal retraction system storing them flat against the building when deflated.

The head and side bags are sewn from 1000 denier cordura fabric, a very hard-wearing tear-resistant waterproof material which is manufactured from woven nylon coated with a tough polyurethane skin.

An electric fan motor is mounted on the underside of the roof and is connected to the inflatable head bag. The fan is powered by a 0.18kw 415v 3ph electric motor. Inflation time is 10-15 seconds. Standard control is an on/off switch. The fan is switched on after the vehicle has docked and is run continuously whilst loading/unloading takes place. The fan is switched off prior to the vehicle leaving the bay.

Options:

  • Traffic lights with composite control panel
  • Airbags in alternative colours

Mobile Headed Dock Seal (DRM100,DRM101)

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Mobile Headed Dock Seal
Specification DRM100

The main cover is constructed from one piece of 900g/m2 PVC-coated polyester fabric with no transverse seams top or bottom, which alleviates splitting problems due to heavy usage. The covers have air vents to allow air to exhaust on compression.

Stitched to the front face of the cover, and extending 50mm down each side and ends is a single piece of hard-wearing 1500/m2 coated nylon which forms the main wear area to the seal.

Fire resistant foam, standard profile of 300mm square with an excellent recovery rate is used for the core of the pads. The foam pads are bonded to a 50mm treated timber backboard. The side pads may be wedged for use on wide doorways, each supplied with a high visibility guide stripe stitched 1m from the bottom to the front face, to help the docking vehicle to locate central to the doorway.

The head pad travels up and down to suit requirements to a maximum of 1500mm from the top.

Specification DRM101
The DRM101 is constructed similar to the DRM100 except that the front face of the side
pads have additional wear pleats made from 1500gm m2 neoprene coated nylon stitched to the cover with two rows of heavy duty bonded nylon thread.
Wear pleats also come with high visibility strips to aid vehicle docking.

Structural Requirements
A flat fixing face in the same plane is required. Suitable fixing brackets are needed. Foam pads must be closely matched to the vehicle height and width with a maximum door opening of approximately 2.4m

Options:

  • Wedged and/or tapered sides
  • 1m bottom boot option
  • Full height guide stripe

Complete Loading Pod

Complete Loading PodSpecification

The loading pod is a free standing structure that is bolted to the outside of a building to create a loading bay and therefore not encroaching on the space inside the building.

The structure can be fully insulated with cladding or just a single skin profiled sheet finished in any RAL colour.

Generally the front fascia would include either a foam pad dock seal (DR100/101) or shelter (DR300) depending on vehicle requirements.

The pod can come complete with walkways, door, leveller, bumpers, traffic lights and control panel.

Complete Loading Pod Specs