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?

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.

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.

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

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


Any Application, Any Purpose
This food distribution centre had been using a tractor trailer as extra storage space. However, the food needed to be temperature controlled.

Warehouse-Food-Storage-Facilities | Food Facility Warehouses, GTA | Wilcox Door
Warehouse-Food-Storage-Facilities | Warehouse Cold Storage Solutions, Etobicoke | Wilcox Door
The solution was to install a 74"w x 84"h Rytec PredaDoor NXT inside the tractor trailer. A steel door frame had to be constructed along with a pair of track guards on each side of the door. Further specs include an AC drive motor, dynamic breaking and a dual-chamber auto-reversing soft touch edge.
Rytec-Cold-Storage-Door-Operators | Cold Storage Separation, Etobicoke | Wilcox Door

Rytec-Industrial-Cold-Storage-Door | Warehouse Storage Solutions, GTA | Wilcox Door
36" bollards were also installed to prevent any impacts to the inside and outside of the door frame. The door itself can withstand impacts, however, safety features are in place to prevent the door from closing on anyone or anything. This includes a dual chamber, auto-reversing soft tough edge, Pathwatch Safety System and 2 sets of photo cells.

Rytec-High-Speed-Temperature-Controlled-Doors | Cold Storage Separation, Etobicoke | Wilcox Door
Rytec-High-Speed-Temperature-Controlled-Doors | Cold Storage Separation, Etobicoke | Wilcox Door

All in all, this permanent trailer is now a fully-functioning cold-storage room for produce.
What makes your warehouse unique? Comment below! 

Thursday, 3 August 2017


For every problem, there's a solution!
This door was reaching it's spring life once or twice per year due to high usage. Therefore, causing unnecessary replacements. Our solution is to install a direct safe drive operator to reduce future service costs while increasing the overall efficiency of the door.

Overhead-Door-Safe-Drive-Operator | Door Efficiency and Upgrade, Toronto | Wilcox Door

An Enbridge rebate is also given for this upgrade simply by increasing the rate of the door operation. Instead of consistently replacing the springs, our customer can now expect to see their return on investment in just over TWO years! Stay tuned for the final results!

Has your facility experienced inefficient equipment? How was it dealt with?
We'd love to hear from you!


Tuesday, 11 July 2017


Help prevent injuries and workplace hazards 
Did you know that there were 34 loading dock injury/fatality incidents reported between February 2016 and April 2017? Reference: Ministry of Labour
With proper safety measures in place including the correct installation of equipment, training and overall awareness, most injuries and hazards can be prevented.
Some general hazards that warehouse workers are typically exposed to include:
  • Storage and Racking Systems
    • lift trucks damaging the racks or causing the unit to collapse;
    • material falling due to improper installation or floor vibration.
  • Loading and Unloading Areas
    • pinning between forklifts or between the loading dock and trailer;
    • being struck by falling items, dock plates or the truck itself.
  • Slips, Trips and Falls
    • slippery surfaces including oil or grease and snow or ice;
    • changes in walkway levels, slopes, unsecured mats, items stored in walkways;
    • poor lighting, trailing cables in walkways, smoke, steam or dust obscuring view.
Reference: Ministry of Labour

So, what exactly does the Ministry look for during inspections?

Maintain, maintain, maintain 
Do you have a maintenance plan for your industrial doors, loading docks and equipment including dock seals? If not, it's critical to understand why it's so important. Take a car, for example; the object that gets you from Point A to Point B. You must have a sufficient amount of oil and the tires are to be full of air. What happens if they don't? Needless to say, you won't be getting anywhere fast!

Cars are much like your doors and docks. Parts must be inspected, lubricated, adjusted, tested and replaced (if necessary) in order to function properly.

For example, this loading dock has been significantly damaged due to lack of maintenance.
As trucks cause constant impact when backing into loading areas, bumpers must be inspected regularly to ensure damage is minimized.
Once they begin to wear significantly, the impact is then transferred to the building and foundation itself.
Although bumpers last a while (depending on frequency of use), replace them when necessary. It's a small price to pay to prevent significant damage to your building.
Whether to prolong equipment life, prevent injuries or excessive building damage, maintenance is a necessary component of any facility type; from Property Management to Pharmaceutical buildings. This and more can be found at:


Friday, 7 July 2017


Safety First, Folks!
We can't stress enough that Overhead Doors are not intended for personnel use. This customer had safety concerns of the door coming down and injuring an employee if they happen to walk through the doorway. However, this door was too old for add-on brakes and needed a custom stop device.

Overhead-Custom-Mechanical-Drop-Stop-Device | Overhead Door Stop Devices, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

Custom-built extended handles were welded to the door frame with a bar that protruded into the opening, preventing the door from coming down when fully opened.

Overhead-Custom-Mechanical-Drop-Stop-Device | Overhead Door Stop Devices, Hamilton | Wilcox Door

In Wilcox fashion, we went one step further by attaching limit switches to the handles. When they are in the engaged position, the limit cuts power off to the operator. Even if someone pushes the close button, the door will remain in the open position.

Experiencing issues in your facility that affect efficiency? Contact us to develop a solution that may not always involve complete equipment replacement.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Wilcox Celebrates 105 Years in Business and Canada's 150th!

We are Canadian! ... The Wilcox Way
Wilcox Door Service Inc., established in 1912, is the oldest and largest door company in Canada. This year, we celebrate 105 years of business alongside Canada's 150th anniversary! Click to see how we've developed over the years. We're also extremely proud to be Canadian and Aboriginally-owned. As such, we are proud to be part of CCAB and CAMSC to promote Minority and Aboriginal business relations. 

Historic-Canadian-Door-Companies | Richards-Wilcox Overhead Doors, Ontario | Wilcox Door

Improving our Work Space
Our first line of business was to ensure an open-concept office where communication between departments was encouraged. However, it was looking a little glum. We needed to do something to heighten office morale and showcase the true Wilcox spirit.. 

Industrial-Office-Redesign | Office Painting and Redesign, Mississauga | Wilcox Door

What's more "Wilcox" than a little orange and some treats as sweet as our staff? Not much at all! Keep scrolling and you'll find that in updating our office, we proudly displayed our history and values as a reminder of what made Wilcox an industrial leader.

Office-Redesign-Wall-Decals | Mississauga Office Spaces | Wilcox Door 
Office-Redesign-Wall-Decals | KKP Queensway Decal Installation | Wilcox Door 
Office-Redesign-Wall-Decals | KKP Queensway Decal Installation | Wilcox Door
Office-Redesign-Picture-Framing | Home Arts Picture Framing, Mississauga | Wilcox Door
Office-Redesign-Picture-Framing | Home Arts Picture Framing, Mississauga | Wilcox Door
Our Hamilton office also got a makeover. A little more orange, a little more Wilcox!

A good office space increases productivity and helps brighten moods on the gloomiest of days. Let us know what your office has done to improve morale and create a more inviting work space!
Click to view our Awards & Accreditations

Special thanks to KKP Queensway for the decals and picture printing
& Home Arts Picture Framing for the picture framing

Monday, 26 June 2017


6 Types of Overhead Doors installed in one building
Why is this necessary? Each type of door is designed for a specific purpose. A critical part of your Sales Representative's role is to determine how the door will be used, how often and more. 

Richards-Wilcox Polytite Sectional Doors
These doors are made of triple-walled polycarbonate panels to provide lightweight, easy operation. Although impact-resistant to an extent, we don't encourage testing this! Polytites are ideal for car wash bays or anywhere with excessive moisture. As there is a lot of open space outside this building, these doors will have no issues being exposed to sun, wind, rain or snow. These panels also allow for natural lighting and help to reduce winter heating costs. Click to learn more.

Specs: Clear anodized aluminum frames, fully glazed, vertical lift, 50,000 cycle springs, featheredge safety edge (stops operation on contact and returns to open position), 3-button push button station, 1.5 second time delay - timer to close and an option to manually operate the chain hoist by disconnecting the power and pulling the small cable link tight to fasten. 

Richards-Wilcox Thermatite T175 Sectional Insulated Doors
Quality insulated doors made with Neufoam technology. These doors are ideal as they are made with a continuous foam that doesn't leave air pockets in between door panels.
Specs: Vertical lift, electric operator, 3-button push station, 1.5 second time delay, thru-beam photo cell (if blocked, the door will not close) and a safety edge to discontinue door operation and reverse up when it comes in contact with an object.

Albany High Speed Rubber Doors
Lower-cost doors that can absorb impacts and decrease energy loss due to it's high speed. These doors are high-cycle - openings of up to 8,000 per day - commonly found in mining, waste stations, cold-storage, warehousing, automotive, government applications and more.
Specs: windows, traffic lights, motion sensor to open from exterior and photo cells to prevent the door from operating if an object crosses it's path.

Rolling Steel Fire Doors
Used for safety and fire protection that drops on detection of fire. This helps prevent the spread of fire and keeps product and personnel safe.
Specs: Galvanized slats, prime white finish, manual chain hoist and a fusible link to allow the door to drop if a fire is detected.

Rolling Steel Fire Shutter
Regular shutters are typically used as a security feature on counter-tops of small businesses or complete storefronts within malls to help prevent theft after hours. In this instance, these shutters are fire-rated to secure a section of the warehouse while still providing visibility while open during work hours.
Specs: Prime white finish, fusible link, electric operation, push-button on/off station, electrical operation, safety edge discontinues operation on contact and a chain link for manual operation if the power goes out.

Rolling Steel Doors Commonly used as service doors or warehouse separation for commercial, industrial and government settings. 
Specs: Prime white finish, electric operation and safety edge. When safety edge is activated and door stops, close buttons have to be pressed until in desired position.

Choosing the correct door for your facility
Take a look at our general guide to determine step-by-step what your facility needs to achieve through a new door installation. For specific product recommendations or simply to speak to one of our representatives, contact us directly at 905-274-5850.

Friday, 9 June 2017


Proper Installation is Key
This electric operator had been mounted low on the wall previously. This caused our client to have safety concerns if it was to be impacted or tampered with.

Overhead-Sectional-Electric-Door-Operator | Electric Door Operator, Burlington | Wilcox Door
Our solution was to install motor covers. The cover also opens to provide easy access for maintenance.

Sectional-Overhead-Electric-Operator-Covers | Covered Electric Operators | Wilcox Door

Electric-Door-Operator-Covers | Sectional Overhead Door Operator Safety | Wilcox Door

Questions? We love to hear from you!
Comment below or contact us directly at 905-274-5850


Caution, Door Ahead!

Is your custom door solution improving your work processes and overall environment?
For this client, it was time to upgrade from PVC Strip Curtains to a FlexFit Impact Door.
Click to see how they work!

PVC-Strip-Curtain-Replacement | Warehouse Impact Doors | Wilcox Door 
Warehouse-Flexfit-Impact-Door | High Performance Warehouse Door Solutions | Wilcox Door 
Flexfit-Industrial-Warehouse-Door-Installation | FlexFit Impact Doors, Toronto | Wilcox Door
Questions? We love to hear from you!
Comment below or contact us directly at 905-274-5850


A Solution for every Application
Various truck types entered this loading dock area with constant exposure to inclement weather. This caused water infiltration as there was a slight decline approach to the dock. 

Side-Mounted-Inflatable-Shelter-Blower | Inflatable Dock Shelters, Toronto | Wilcox Door
Warehouse-Dock-Shelters | Inflatable Dock Shelters, Toronto, Wilcox Door
There was also little clearance space due to the existing overhead canopy as there was little headroom. Our solution was to install custom inflatable shelters with a side-mounted blower (due to limited headroom).
Warehouse-Dock-Shelter-Overhead-Canopy | Inflatable Dock Shelters, Toronto | Wilcox Door

Questions? We love to hear from you!
Comment below or contact us directly at 905-274-5850


Equipment Longevity
This client had a regular overhead sectional door but it simply wasn't the right solution for the amount of times it was being used.

Overhead-Sectional-Industrial-Door | Sectional Overhead Door Replacement, Toronto | Wilcox Door

In high traffic buildings, Rubber Doors are often recommended to reduce wear on typical overhead doors. These are especially useful in parking garages where traffic is consistent and the doors and can withstand impact in the event of an accident.

Rubber-Parking-Garage-Door | Parking Garage Doors, Toronto | Wilcox Door
Additional steel work was also involved to build support for the new Rubber door. Due to the tight fit with minimal side room clearance, concrete curbs had to be cut in order to make additional room. All in all, a successful installation! 

High-Cycle-Parking-Garage-Doors | Overhead Rubber Parking Garage | Wilcox Door
Questions? We love to hear from you!
Comment below or contact us directly at 905-274-5850


Safety First
Originally, a Vehicle Restraint along with a Rubber Wheel Chock was not holding the trailer tight enough against the wall. There had been a few instances where the trailer had shifted ahead, causing the dock lip to fall off the trailer. The lift struck would then get stuck between the trailer and the dock leveler.
Loading-Dock-Safety-Accessories | Wheel Chock and Vehicle Restraint, Guelph | Wilcox Door
Therefore, a Wheel Chock System was installed, successfully holding trucks in place during loading and unloading. This system replaces a vehicle restraint and wheel chock and is more durable and reliable.
Wheel-Chock-Safety-System-Ground-Plate | Loading Dock Safety Accessories | Wilcox Door
The system is built into the ground with a large steel chock mounted on an articulated, counterbalanced arm. The chock is then placed in front of the rear wheel and locks onto a ground plate. Three sensors, an alarm and signal lights provide employees and truck drivers when it is safe to begin loading/unloading into and out of the truck.
Loading-Dock-Safety-Accessories | Wheel Chock Safety System Installation | Wilcox Door
Does this sound like a Loading Dock Solution that would benefit your facility? Contact us for a free on-site consultation!
Comment below or contact us directly at 905-274-5850