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Tuesday, 24 October 2017


This fabrication comes to us from our Hamilton Cranes Parts and Service Manager, Ida. Compensating sheaves were created for a material-handling company in Memramcook, New Brunswick.

A sheave is a pulley with a grooved wheel designed to hold a belt, wire rope or rope. The grooved wheel spins inside the frame, allowing the wire or rope to move freely and minimize wear and/or abrasion on the cable itself.

Richards-Wilcox-Hoist-Sheave-Fabrication | Material-Handling Solutions, New Brunswick | Wilcox Door
These sheaves were designed for a 1/2" groove rope and 16" diameter with 5.5" bore. For more material-handling solutions, visit our website or contact a Wilcox Representative at 905-274-5850.


Material-Handling at it's finest
This Burlington facility was in need of a device that would help to lift large, heavy sacks of potatoes overtop of the hoppers in order to be emptied.
Our solution was to install a free-standing Monorail.

Free-Standing-Monorail-Installation | Richards-Wilcox Custom Crane Systems, Burlington | Wilcox Door
Free-Standing-Monorail-Installation | Richards-Wilcox Custom Crane Systems, Burlington | Wilcox Door
Free-Standing-Monorail-Installation-Details | Richards-Wilcox Custom Crane Systems, Burlington | Wilcox Door
Free-Standing-Monorail-Base-Installation | Richards-Wilcox Custom Crane Systems, Burlington | Wilcox Door
Do you face materials-handling issues at your facility? Contact our Hamilton division at 905-523-7727 for solutions that are sure to increase efficiency.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017


Making the Inaccessible, Accessible
We're proud to introduce this month's volunteer, Tom Cunningham, our Business Development Coordinator.
Tom-Cunningham-Disability-Accessibility-Volunteer | Edit Exhibit Vendor, 2017 | March of Dimes
Tom chose to volunteer at this year's Edit: Design Expo in support of March of Dimes; "programs and services to maximize the independence and community participation of children & adults with disabilities."
But why did he choose to support this cause?
"Tom Cunningham (too tall) as he is affectionately known, was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) from his jaw to his toes at the age of 5. Forty-nine years later, he has been hospitalized about 40 times and had 4 hips, 4 knees and 2 shoulders replaced. Tom endures constant, chronic pain in 3 to 6 joints at all times, ranging in severity from day to day achiness."
For over 65 years, March of Dimes has provided services from the medically-fragile, to seniors, families, caregivers, employers and health insurance companies.
As you can imagine, Tom must overcome struggles which we take for granted, daily. Take feeding the dogs, for example. Placing bowls on the ground is one challenge, but what if the bowls spill? Below you can see a concept feeding device made out of recycled objects that attaches a long handle to a feeding tray, virtually minimizing the need to bend over or worry about spills. Happy dog, happy life, right?
Accessible-Pet-Feeding-Device | Edit Exhibit Vendor Installation, Toronto | March of Dimes
"Despite his physical challenge, Tom always answers AMAZING when asked how he is doing. He tells people that 80% of the time it is true and the other 20% is simply a reminder that it is in fact, true. Why? 4 out of 10 people in the world live on less than $2 per day. He goes on to say that he is no nicer or more deserving than them to have been born, and still live, in Canada."
This brings us to Mazin Aribi, another March of Dimes volunteer. Originally from Iraq, Mazin was diagnosed with Polio, which left him paralyzed within 36 hours at the age of 22. For an active adolescent, this came as an unexpected and life-changing experience. He then came to Canada to receive treatment at 25 and stayed here thereafter.
March-of-Dimes-Volunteers | Edit Design Exhibit Vendor, Toronto | March of Dimes - EDIT
What can we learn from him? "Disability can happen to anyone at anytime. You need to accept that life is full of surprises; the good, the bad and the ugly. Secondly, "when you are forced to face a situation, you have no choice but to accept it." Mazin lives each day by making the most of what he can still do; thinking "it could have been worse."
These individuals are prime examples of living life to the fullest. We're thankful to have experienced this exhibit as part of the Wilcox Volunteer Program.
Visit the March of Dimes website for more information or Click Here to donate.

* The March of Dimes Installation was held in the Health Tech Pavillion at

Wednesday, 4 October 2017


It's seen better days..
This Multi-Plex was in rough shape and it was up to Josh, Ilija and Justin to bring it back to life. Originally fabricated and installed in 1962, the bottom section of the blade had rotted due to the harsh environment it was in.

Multi-Plex-Door-Blade-Damage | Industrial Equipment Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Multi-Plex-Door-Blade-Damage-Repair | Industrial Equipment Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Multi-Plex-Door-Blade-Damage-Repair | Industrial Equipment Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Thankfully, this door was able to be repaired, rather than replaced, cutting back on the cost significantly. Custom metal was formed and sheeting was fabricated.

Multi-Plex-Door-Blade-Repair | Industrial Equipment Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Multi-Plex-Door-Blade-Repair | Industrial Equipment Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Multi-Plex-Door-Repair | Equipment Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Furthermore, the inside of the door was rubberized and undercoated to help prevent rusting and a new coat of green paint was added to the exterior.

Multi-Plex-Door-Refurbish | Door Repair, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Multi-Plex-Door-Blade-Repair | Industrial Door Refurbishing, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Do you have obvious damage on your doors that you've been ignoring for years? As it may not seem to be causing any inefficiencies at this time, damages typically grow the longer they're left alone. It's like a toothache that you keep ignoring until it causes an infection, or worse! Call us today for an on-site inspection. No teeth-pulling, just a friendly check-up!

Wednesday, 27 September 2017


Slow and Steady does not win the race!
This door was reaching it's spring life once or twice per year due to high usage at an automotive dealership.
Automotive-Dealer-Overhead-Door-Springs | High Usage Automotive Doors, Toronto | Wilcox Door
Our solution involved installing a direct safe drive (spring-less) operator to reduce future service costs and increase the speed and efficiency of the door.
Automotive-Dealer-Overhead-Door-Upgrade | High Cycle Doors, Toronto | Wilcox Door
Additional details include:
  • Digital Overhead Control Panel with L.E.D. read-out
  • Wireless Safety Edge
  • 6' Light Curtain mounted inside the tracks (acts as a secondary safety device for any object left within the door)
  • Nylon Rollers
  • Non-Rotating 3/16 Cables

Overhead-LED-Control-Panel | Door Panel, Toronto | Wilcox Door

Springless-Overhead-Door | High Cycle, High-Speed Door, Toronto | Wilcox Door
Wireless-Overhead-Door-Safety-Edge | Door Safety Features, Toronto | Wilcox Door
An Enbridge rebate of just over $1000 was given for this door's efficiency upgrade. Also, instead of consistently replacing the springs, they can expect their return on investment (ROI) in just over TWO years!

Wednesday, 23 August 2017


Entrance Upgrade
This wooden Man Door was upgraded to an aluminum glass door and finished with cladding. Although it served it's purpose, it needed more functional hardware and security features.

Wooden-Man-Door | Basic Business Entrance Doors, GTA | Wilcox Door

Wooden-Man-Door | Entrance Doors with Vision Panels, GTA | Wilcox Door
Man-Door-Installation | Door Service and Upgrades, GTA | Wilcox DoorMan-Door-Installation | Door Service and Upgrades, GTA | Wilcox Door
Style and Functionality
Along with an added curb appeal, panic hardware and an electric strike were installed for card access and security control.
Aluminum-Man-Door-Installation | Door Service and Upgrades, GTA | Wilcox Door

Aluminum-Man-Door-Installation | Entrance Door Hardware, GTA | Wilcox Door

Wednesday, 16 August 2017


I need to improve my building's efficiency but I don't own it...
Do you operate your business out of a rental unit? So does this client. He required a dock leveler but had concerns of investing into a building he didn't own. What if he re-located? What would happen to this investment?

Removable-Loading-Dock-Solutions | Edge of Dock Install, Stoney Creek | Wilcox Door
The solution was to install an Edge of Dock Leveler which could be removed. These units typically have capacities of anywhere between 20,000 and 50,000 lbs.

Removable-Loading-Dock-Solutions | Edge of Dock Install, Stoney Creek | Wilcox Door
Removable-Loading-Dock-Solutions | Edge of Dock Install, Stoney Creek | Wilcox Door

Removable-Loading-Dock-Solutions | Loading Dock Bumpers and Block Risers, Stoney Creek | Wilcox Door
Do these blocks look familiar? These are known as Dock Bumpers, typically installed against the existing building structure. In this case, Block Risers (grey square unit) help to align the bumpers directly with the leveler.

Removable-Loading-Dock-Solutions | Edge of Dock Install, Stoney Creek | Wilcox Door

What types of challenges do you face in a rental unit? Does your work efficiency lack without proper equipment? Comment below!