Wednesday, 28 December 2016

BI-FOLD, FULL-VISION DOORS, TORONTO - CASE STUDY

I spy with my little eye...
A Richards-Wilcox Bi-Fold Door! Ideal for buildings where interior visibility is key.
 
 
This door was custom powder-painted to match the existing blue building. At 24'2" wide by 13' high, this Polytite Door has tremendous curb appeal.


Specifically, it includes a Hi-Lift track, full weather seal, new operator and photo eye sensors with a 100,000 cycle spring. Need we say more? For interior visibility and curb appeal, trust quality made, local doors by Richards-Wilcox. 

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

CITY OF MISSISSAUGA FOOD & TOY DRIVE | SALVATION ARMY


We need your help!
From December 1st-15th, we will be collecting food and toys for families in need this holiday season. In partnership with the City of Mississauga, all donations will be brought to the Civic Centre - Great Hall on December 16th.

The Salvation Army's Christmas Assistance Program will then distribute the goods to those in need. Last year, over 1,000 Mississauga families, including more than 2,000 children received assistance with food, clothing and toys. With your help, even more families will experience the gift of kindness and true community spirit this year.


All non-perishable food items are greatly appreciated; anything from soups to pastas. Gifts are asked to be new and unwrapped. As we are accepting gifts of all kinds, we kindly ask that you keep teenagers in mind as gifts for small children are typically received the most. Here are some suggestions for gift ideas:
 
Ages 8+
Books, card games, board & electronic games, puzzles, sports equipment, journal sets, art, jewelry, nail & craft kits, science kits, building sets & legos, remote control cars, action figures & transformers, bath products, gift cards, bikes & helmets, skateboards.
Ages 3-7
Books, board & interactive games, puzzles, building sets & legos, play-dough kits, crayons with colouring books, art & craft kits, play food or kitchen sets, dolls, train sets, toy trucks & cars, stuffed animals.
Ages 0-2
Mobile hanging toys, activity blocks, plat mats, teether toys, activity knots, rattles, baby books, sound blocks, block sets, wobbly stacker, shape sorter, peg puzzles.
 
WILCOX BONUS!
When you drop off your donations at our Mississauga Office: 1045 Rangeview Road (between Dixie & Cawthra on Lakeshore) or to your Sales Representative, you will receive a Wilcox care package & promo code discount for our online store!


Thank you to everyone who contributed!



 

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

CLATTER BARS - HEIGHT RESTRICTION HAMILTON | CASE STUDY

Once, twice, three strikes, you're out!
In too many instances, this dump truck wash bay in Hamilton was experiencing damages to the door header. How? Driver's forgot that they're truck boxes were left open and proceeded to enter the bay. Even this big orange sign wasn't doing the trick...

Sectional-Door-Damage-with-Window-Panels | Height-Restricted Sectional Doors, Hamilton | Wilcox Door
Sectional Door with Window Panels

Clatter-Bar-Post-Construction | Concrete-Secured Clatter Bar Post, Hamilton | Wilcox Door
Post Placement Construction
Secured-Clatter-Bar-Post | Clatter Bar Construction, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Clatter-Bar-Construction-Safety | Clatter Bars, Hamilton | Wilcox Door
Back Side of Installation in Progress with Both Posts Installed 
 

The solution was to install a Clatter Bar unit on both sides of the building. What's a Clatter Bar? Put simply, it acts as a visual and audible solution for height-restricted areas. When a truck box is left open and the driver proceeds through the unit, the 12 inch pipes will collide, clinging together, prompting the driver to stop. Not to worry, the sound is more than loud enough to hear over a dump truck.

Dump-Truck-Wash-Bay-Clatter-Bar | Height-Restricted Wash Bay, Hamilton | Wilcox Door
 
The unit itself is 16 feet high by 22 feet wide. However, the key here is that the pipes are at 14 feet, just below the door level. From this point on, there should be no issues with drivers going straight into the building with their boxes up. Just driving up to this big yellow unit will be reminder enough to think twice before proceeding, yet necessary to include the clatter bars to prevent any future accidents. 

Dump-Truck-Wash-Bay-Clatter-Bar | Height-Restricted Building, Hamilton | Wilcox Door


Thursday, 17 November 2016

BUG BLOCKER DOOR BRANTFORD | CASE STUDY

What's worse than getting bugs into a Food & Drug facility?
Not much at all! In this case, a Bug Blocker Door was installed to ensure bugs, dust or debris are kept out of the facility during busy delivery times. Typically, you'll see blue bug doors that can be installed in front or behind regular warehouse shipping doors.
As mentioned, these are a great addition to any facility that experiences high delivery times. Sectional doors can be kept open and the wear from constantly opening and closing the doors is drastically reduced by using the Bug Blocker Doors in their place.
Why use these instead of regular Bug Doors? They're Food & Drug-approved and installed in front of the door opening. This unit is also complete with brush weatherstripping to help further keep out insects.
Whether you have a big or small facility, Bug Doors are ideal sectional door add-on's. Ventilate your warehouse space, decrease the wear and tear on your doors especially during busy delivery times and keep out dirt, debris and bugs. Although ideal for the warmer months, fall is also a great time to utilize bug doors. Even in the winter months, a little fresh air never hurt anyone! 


Thursday, 27 October 2016

DOCK LEVELER PIT CONSTRUCTION MISSISSAUGA | CASE STUDY

Accommodating your building to suit a growing business
What do you do when you only have one shipping door? Cut another hole in the wall of course! That's exactly what we had to do for our client to increase their productivity, efficiency and overall functionality.

Below, you can see an open space for an additional loading dock door on the left (we handle these tasks more often than you'd think). On the right, you see a typical drive-up ramp to a 12' x 16' loading dock door. Although in good condition, this isn't the ideal situation for mid-sized to large transport trucks loading/unloading shipments. 

 

Aside from adding in another door, our next solution was to install Cantilever Dock Levelers that extend outside the building wall, helping to prevent structure damage (especially until dock seals go in around the doors). As you can see below, after a pit was dug, the leveler was placed in position, ready for concrete to be poured to secure the unit.

   

The ramp also had to be removed to accommodate the new levelers, creating ease of access to the receiving area. It sure came along nicely with the second space for the new sectional door made below!


The existing door our customer had was also re-framed to match the new door we would be installing to avoid replacing it as it was in good working condition. On the left below, you see the new door, while on the right, re-framing begins!

 

Voila! Our client now has two easily accessible loading dock doors with dock levelers.


Is your business expanding? Before moving to a new building, know your options and make the most of what you currently have by increasing the value and overall functionality to meet your growing needs. From ensuring your leveler has the correct weight capacity, to properly-fitted dock bumpers to protect the building itself. Contact Wilcox at 1-800-528-4131 with any questions or concerns. We'll find the perfect solution for your unique business! 


Tuesday, 25 October 2016

EDGE OF DOCK REPLACEMENT | CASE STUDY

Cantilever-Dock-Leveler-Installation | Dock Leveler Building Construction Mississauga | Wilcox Door


Conventional Dock Levelers are installed inside the building into a pit like the picture of the blue leveler to the left. An opening is cut and once the leveler is placed inside, concrete is poured around the unit to secure it.




Below, we have an example of an Edge of Dock Replacement in Toronto. These are typically installed on the exterior of a building for loading dock areas with limited space.

Weathered-Edge-of-Dock | Edge of Dock Leveler Toronto | Wilcox Door
Before Replacement
Edge of Dock Levelers are quick and easy to operate. After loading/unloading is complete and the truck has backed away, the leveler actually returns back to it's stored position. Important elements of any dock leveler include dock bumpers and in this case, block risers to align the bumpers with the leveler. These are the black rectangles with 2 holes on either side of the leveler, used to protect the building structure from truck impacts.

Edge-of-Dock-Replacement | Edge of Dock Leveler with Bumpers | Wilcox Door
After Replacement
Interested in a product like this for your facility? Be sure to let a representative know what load capacities you typically receive too as this is crucial to choosing the right dock leveler. Whether your loading dock area lacks space or can fit a full dock leveler, there's a solution to suit any space!

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

UL325 SAFETY CERTIFIED GATE INSTALLATIONS

Was your gate installed with UL325 Safety Compliance?

Our main priority during gate maintenance or installation is safety; plain and simple. UL325 is a set of safety regulations put into effect January 2016 in hopes of decreasing the amount of injuries and fatalities due to operated gate systems. With incidents having been reported since the 1970's, it's about time set safety measures came into effect. Whether you have an existing gate that's needs to be updated or you're thinking of having one installed, we want to help you get it done correctly. 

3 out of 4 gates and operators lack or need replacements of necessary safety features. However, with suppliers like LiftMaster and HySecurity, safety and security are made easy with quality products, built to last. Let's start with the basics of any gate. You'll need 2 independent safety devices at each entrapment zone. These are the areas in which someone can be injured if near the gate during operation (ref. gray areas below).

For Swing Gates, take a look at the diagram below to understand where the potential entrapment zones are as well as where safety features are to be placed. 


Courtesy of LiftMaster

Similarly, Slide Gates also have entrapment zones despite not opening out. Here you see that it's in and around the operator area where the gate slides to one side.

Courtesy of LiftMaster

With either type of gate, it's important to understand that the bottom edges must be smooth. This means that no sharp edges underneath the unit can be larger than 1/2 inch beyond the base of the unit. Another common issue are gates that have wide spaces in between the vertical bars where someone is able to reach their hands through to gain access. Whether or not the gate is in motion, someone can get injured which puts you at fault. If horizontal bars are more than 2 1/4" apart, a wire mesh screen must be put in behind to close the area of the gate that moves as well as the fence that the gate covers in the open position. Pedestrian gate access must be installed off to the side, away from main gate operation. This exit must be clearly marked for regular pedestrian exit or in the event of an emergency.

We hope that with a little insight, gate owners and potential buyers understand that safety features are necessary, not optional. With two safety features at each entrapment zone, the amount of injuries or fatalities will drastically decrease. If you're not sure if your gate is up to standard or thinking of installing one to protect your property, please contact us. We'd be happy to stop by for a consultation to let you know what your options are.

Also be sure to check out our SlideShare Presentation for a quick overview of gate safety.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

AUTOMATED CANTILEVER GATE INSTALLATION | CASE STUDY

Secured Facility - Cantilever Gates
Haldimand County, Ontario



Our recent project was to provide a solution to secure this site conveniently. Since it was a closed facility and no longer in use, security was key to prevent public access. However, truck drivers had to stop at the gates, get out of their truck and unlock the gate for access to the facility. When they were finished, the drivers would then have to stop on the way out and lock the gates.




Issue: Since the drivers didn't close the gates right after entering the site, it was left unsecured while they were inside working. Occasionally, the drivers would forget to stop and close the gates and Even when they did close the gate, they were left to wrestle with large, heavy gates just to shut them. 

Solution: A radio-controlled Automated Sliding Cantilever Gate was installed where the drivers could open the gate via transmitter.

If the driver doesn't close the gate right after entering, it will close automatically after about a minute. A set of thru-beam photo cells were also installed to ensure that the gate doesn't close on anyone or anything. Here you can see the trenching beginning with the pipelines:






This facility will now be much more secure as drivers don't need to worry about whether or not they remembered to close the gate. Drivers can come in and out of the site without leaving their trucks, increasing overall productivity!



Monday, 12 September 2016

CUSTOM HIGH-SPEED OVERSIZE SECTIONAL DOORS, OAKVILLE | CASE STUDY

This installation required a hi-lift to provide enough space for dump trucks to unload inside the facility. We supplied and installed sixteen (16) sectional doors using counterweight-balanced hardware. 13 with NEMA 4 operators and 4X control panels.

Two doors were 20' x 20' with 14 ft. hi-lift and high-cycles. Auxiliary head shafts were also required to spring for hi-lift. Two other doors were 20' x 30' with 20ft. high cycles.




Do you have large doors similar to these? Do you use them often or only a couple times a day? Let us know how they're working for your facility. We'd love to hear from you!


Friday, 2 September 2016

FOAM FRAME SHELTER INSTALLATION, MISSISSAUGA | CASE STUDY

Foam-Frame-Dock-Shelter-Logo | Stitched Foam Shelter Logo | Wilcox Door

Recently, we installed Foam Frame Shelters in a Mississauga warehouse loading dock that was in an open area where high winds and debris are common. Aside from it's location, our client needed a solution that would accommodate 5 tonne and regular transport trucks.





Why install Foam Frame Shelters as opposed to regular Dock Seals? The trailer is able to pass through the side and top curtains, allowing full access during loading and unloading. For this particular installation, we needed to seal the gap between the shelter and the wall to prevent rain, wind or any debris from coming through due to the ridges on the building.

Think of how much more dry and warm the loading dock area will be especially in the winter; both for the driver and the warehouse staff. Even the products will be safe from any water damage.

What if the truck driver backs in off-centre, impacting the dock seals? These vertical pads can resist damage and return to their original form. Pretty neat, right? Another great feature is that the side curtains can be removed during the summer months to allow air flow into the building and prolong the life of the unit.


The Foam Frame Shelter was a no-brainer for this client as they have constant deliveries from differing truck sizes. Since air will no longer leak through around the trucks, they'll save money on heating and cooling costs. Therefore, their return on investment will come that much sooner!




As an added bonus, an Enbridge rebate was issued upon installation of this foam shelter, decreasing the cost of this new upgrade. Contact us to learn how you, too can save!
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Friday, 29 July 2016

WAREHOUSE CLEAN-UP TIPS

We all know warehouses can get a bit messy during everyday tasks especially during shipping and receiving. That doesn't mean it can't get back to being spick & span! Keeping your warehouse clutter-free will increase day-to-day functionality and increase safety by reducing tripping hazards and improve the well-being of your staff.
Who doesn't like a clean work space, right?

Make your warehouse a better place by regularly doing the following:

 Educate staff on spill clean-up
Our top tip is to ensure your workers are trained in cleaning hazardous material spills. Aside from cleaning them properly, floors are to be kept free of clutter and all containers to be closed securely after use.

 Dirt & dust sweep 
Whether you keep your doors closed or have screen doors to reduce dust, you'll always have a bit of dirt lying around your warehouse floors. Always keep mops and push brooms accessible wherever necessary. Whether from someone's shoes or some old boxes, a little sweeping never hurt anyone!

 Keep your equipment clean 
Inspect equipment like Forklifts that are often used as a cup holder for coffee and water bottles. Ensure your workers keep equipment free of clutter and place them off to the side when not in use.

 Empty garbage bins regularly 
How many times have you seen garbage bins overflowing on city streets? Not only is this a safety hazard, but an eyesore as well. Make a habit of emptying the garbage before it's full. Also depending on your facility, try keeping recycling bins readily accessible to cut back on regular garbage waste.

 Assign clean-up zones 
Especially for large warehouses, it's ideal to set aside zones for employees to keep clean. Ensure areas are cleaned during slow days or before the end of shift so the warehouse is tidy for the next workday. Whether this includes emptying the garbage, sweeping or washing the floors, clean-up is easier when everyone contributes!


Warehouse-Organization-Tips | Home Depot Pegboard Organization | Wilcox Door
Wall Organizer, Home Depot


 Keep regular tools accessible 
A pegboard/wall organizer is an ideal way to keep your tools out where everyone can see them. This will keep things from going missing and cut back on wasted time looking for that one tool. 



We'd love to hear from you! Let us know what clean-up tasks you have at your workplace.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

LOADING DOCK SAFETY

Safety always comes first! 
It's important to realize that accidents happen no matter what type of facility you're in or the type of equipment you use. However, we're here to help ensure that risk is minimized.

Loading-Dock-Bumper-Maintenance | Excessive Bumper Impact on Dock Leveler | Wilcox Door
Loading Dock Hazards
Facility equipment in poor working order can pose a safety risk and must be fixed before it becomes a larger issue. Recognize the following:
-uneven surfaces
-inadequate lighting
-lack of safe working procedures
-congestion and traffic
-hazards associated with lifting devices, trucks, rolling conveyors, doors and other moving equipment and parts.


Along with regular inspections by warehouse staff, it's important to have a professional Planned Maintenance Service completed to comply with insurance regulations and ensure utmost safety.

Controlling Hazards
Each dock installation must be carefully designed to avoid hazards whenever possible. 
-allow safe entry and exit of vehicles.
-safe routes must be marked around loading dock areas for pedestrian traffic.
-do not exceed the weight of materials being used on dock levelers.
-place dumpsters in a controlled area away from loading dock area to minimize the risk of trucks backing into the containers.

Replace or Repair Worn Equipment
Loading Dock features including dock seals or shelters must be monitored in case of any damage. If these become torn or directly impacted, water or debris can enter, posing a safety concern for those working in the surrounding areas. Even in the winter months, you'll want your loading dock area to be as insulated as possible so your employees don't have to suffer from the cold draft during shipments. By replacing or repairing your worn equipment, you'll actually save money! Who would have thought that was possible?  Air infiltration is the main cause of this; the air from outside of a building quickly makes its way inside. This means your heating/cooling is constantly competing with the outer temperatures each time the loading dock doors open.

Positioning & Securing Vehicles
Wheel Chocks are highly recommended to anchor and prevent the trailer from moving, potentially injuring workers (available in our online shop). A jack should also be used to stabilize the trailer and help prevent teeter-totter during loading/unloading.

Loading and Unloading Procedures
-reduce dock area congestion by clearing all unnecessary equipment/products
-unauthorized persons/pedestrians should not be permitted at loading dock area.
-ensure no one is in the trailer during loading/unloading as loads can shift resulting in the possibility of pinning a worker.
-provide physical barriers at dock edges and on lifting devices to prevent falls.
-proper lifting techniques should be used when lifting to prevent injury.
-reduce vehicle exhaust by limiting idling times when loading/unloading the truck.



Planned Maintenance Services on Equipment & Loading Dock Area
Along with proper, scheduled services, it's important to immediately repair any damage to flooring or equipment. Spills and leaks must also be cleaned in order to prevent injury or damage to workers and equipment. Dock seals and shelters must also be kept in good working condition. In doing so, you will prevent leaks, minimize worker exposure to vehicle exhaust and temperature extremes and most importantly, minimize the deterioration of the building due to weather.

Be sure to review our simplified overview on LinkedIn, available for download!