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Preventative Maintenance Plans for Loading Docks and Commercial Doors

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on Aug 12, 2022 12:00:00 AM

At Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC, we know just how important having working commercial doors and loading docks can be for your business. We also know it can cause hassle and expense when these equipment items are not fully functioning due to damage or failure.

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Think about it for a minute: what would your business do if your industrial door or loading dock was not working? How much time would be wasted by not being able to use it? How much extra in fees would you incur for emergency repairs? How much extra stress and hassle would you and your staff have to deal with?

These factors are why we offer preventative maintenance plans for loading docks and commercial doors. By keeping your industrial and commercial grade items working in top shape year-round, you can rest assured that they will be ready for use when you need them most.
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How Often Should Preventive Maintenance Be Scheduled?

The frequency to perform preventative maintenance to your commercial doors, fire-rated doors, and loading dock equipment will vary according to the climate and other conditions under which the door and/or the loading dock equipment regularly operates. Some preventative maintenance may be required monthly, while other types of maintenance should be undertaken every three to six months. To determine the best preventative maintenance contact for a consultation.  

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Our plan types are designed to meet the need and frequency of your business. In addition, we offer on-call service and scheduled service to help your business with a commercial garage door, industrial door, and loading dock equipment maintenance. Emergency service is also available for our existing customers.

Let us do an on-site evaluation to determine what plan is best for the needs of your company and your budget.

Those interested in commercial garage doors, industrial doors, loading dock equipment, and more may contact us at 973-471-4060 or email us at: info@loadingdock.com

We've been serving NJ and NYC Metro Area for 40+ years! 

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Benefits of Installing Vehicle Restraints in Your Loading Dock

Posted by Loading Dock Expert on Jun 29, 2022 8:01:00 PM


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require many safety features as they can be dangerous work environments to protect both, the property and the workers. Many forklift accidents occur every year that are caused by a truck prematurely departing from the dock or creeping away during the loading or unloading. Installing a Vehicle Restraint can help prevent these accidents by securing a trailer to the dock and providing better communication between the truck driver and dock attendant.

 

Benefits of Installing Vehicle Restraints in Your Loading Dock

According to Jeremy Artz, Vehicle Restraint Product Manager at McGuire, the average direct cost of a medically consulted worker injury accident in the US is $41,000, while the average direct cost of a worker death is $1,190,000. 

The most important benefit of using vehicle restraints is that it increases safety on your loading dock. Vehicle restraints eliminate the gap between the vehicle and the dock due to vehicle creep, which workers, forklifts, and hand trucks could potentially fall into.

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Besides helping minimize the accidents in the loading dock, the use of vehicle restraints also plays a significant role in improving efficiency and productivity while reducing the chances of a vehicle being stolen. 

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Main Types of Vehicle/Truck Restraints

These are some of the vehicle restraints that are available in the US market. 


1. RIG Bar Vehicle Restraint

RIG bar vehicle restraints (truck restraints) block the RIG (rear impact guard) bar of the truck or form a vertical obstruction, preventing the vehicle from moving away from the dock until the restraint is released by the dock operator. These restraints are typically mounted to either the dock wall or to the drive immediately in front of the dock, but can also be recessed in the building structure under the dock pit as well.

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- Automatic Vehicle Restraints: This vehicle restraint is operated with push-button activation. It comes equipped with a RIG sensor bar that notifies dock workers if the restraint's arm is not securely engaged with the trailer's Rear Impact Guard.

 

- Mechanical Vehicle Restraints: These truck restraints are manually operated by dock attendants. For efficiency and ease of operation, they don’t require any power. Mechanical vehicle restraints are the most economical type.

 


 

2. Light Communication Systems

To signal to workers whether the restraint is engaged or not, you can also install a stop-and-go light communication system. Colored lights communicate the status of the loading operation to the dock operator and to the driver of the transport vehicle. Typically one set of lights is visible to the dock operator to indicate whether the restraint is engaged, and another set of lights is visible to the transport vehicle driver to indicate whether it is safe to pull the vehicle away from the dock. The lights are typically green to indicate “GO” and red to indicate “STOP”. 

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3. Wheel Chocks

The most basic (and less safe) type of vehicle restraint is a wheel chock which can be utilized with or without a light communication package (mentioned below). A wheel chock can be a simple block of wood, form-fitted rubber/laminate wedge chock, or constructed of plastic or metal alloy. A wheel chock is manually placed in front of one or more of the trailer's wheels in an attempt to restrict the trailer's movement during the loading/unloading process.

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4. UniChock Vehicle Restraint

The UniChock is a wheel-based trailer restraint with advanced light communication and is available as a standalone unit or integrated with other dock equipment. 

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The UniChock is equipped with advanced safety features. In addition to the controller message display and light communication, If the chock is moved to an unsafe position during loading, an audible alarm will sound until the restraint is back in the correct position.

After loading is complete, the dock attendant stores the leveler and closes the overhead door, which will then sound and display indications to return the UniChock to the storage bracket.


 

If you would like to learn more about loading dock equipment, contact us today. You can call us at 973-471-4060 or email us at info@loadingdock.com. It will be a pleasure to assist you.

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New Product: Springless Commercial Aluminum Glass Door

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on May 31, 2022 5:04:00 PM

As an Overhead Door dealer, we're excited to announce the addition of a new springless aluminum glass sectional door to our commercial product line: the EverServeTM Springless AFV Model 521S.

This will be an attractive solution for commercial and industrial applications where visual access, light infiltration, high-cycle, and aesthetics are key design considerations.

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EverServeTM Springless AFV Model 521S Highlights:

• Innovative springless design for sectional doors
• 30x standard sectional door cycle life
• Advanced speed (8 – 12 in/sec)
• Reduced cost per cycle for high cycle applications
• Floor-level controller with built-in, non-resettable cycle counter
• Direct drive motor with built in-braking mechanism
• 3" track standard on all configurations
• Finishes: Anodized, Painted, PowderGuard® Premium, PowderGuard® Max, PowderGuard® Textured
• Wireless sensing edge; built-in braking mechanism
• Single open/close/stop push button station incorporated into the control panel
• Rollers Nylon standard; Wind Load Steel standard
• Encoder Plug and Play, 8-Port Junction Box

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Wind Load Option:

For wind load applications requiring FBC, TDI, or Miami-Dade approvals, the existing 521 Modern Aluminum approvals will carry over for the EverServeTM Springless AFV Model 521S. These wind load approval ratings will be limited to the max-width and height of the 521S (max-width 18’ 1”; max-height 20’ 2”).


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Sectional Aluminum Glass Door Applications: 

Aluminum glass garage overhead doors are ideal for:

- Conference Rooms
- Food Courts
- Coffee Shops
- Retail Shops
- Service Stations
- Fire Stations
- Showrooms - Fashion Studios
- Micro-Breweries & Micro-Roasters
- Paint Studios
- WorkShops
- Art Galleries
- Parking Garages

 

Our sectional aluminum doors are practical, durable, and handsomely styled — and engineered for long life, low maintenance, and enduring beauty.

These are offered with a variety of stile widths, glazing materials, track styles, and finish options.

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Remember, The Overhead Door Company is your number one resource for all types of commercial doorsindustrial doors, and loading dock equipment in the NYC and NJ areas.

For more information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at info@loadingdock.com

24-hour emergency service is available for our existing customers, please contact us at 973-471-4060 

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We service Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Hudson, Union, Essex, Morris, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Mercer and Somerset county/counties), Manhattan, New York City, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten
Island, Bronx, Westchester, and Rockland.

Common Commercial & Industrial Garage Door Issues

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on May 30, 2022 5:54:00 PM

In this article, you will find the most common commercial and industrial garage door issues and the preventive steps you can take before your garage door needs a professional repair.

Though commercial and industrial garage doors are built to withstand heavy use and are constructed with heavy material to last long, these doors can still present issues to business owners.

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At Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC, we're proud to offer preventive maintenance plans for loading docks and commercial doors for the food and beverage manufacturers, transportation facilities, healthcare, and pharmaceutical labs, residential buildings, and even waste facilities. Click here to learn more about the Industries that we serve. 

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Most Common Garage Door Issues

After 40+ years in serving NJ & NYC Metro Area, we can share the most common garage door issues for commercial and industrial doors.

1. Remote Control Issues
You should frequently check that the batteries are still working. If not, replaced them and reprogram the remote.

2. Old or Damaged Torsion Springs
As the garage door springs have extreme tension and help lift these heavy doors. If the spring snaps suddenly, there is a possibility that this can cause serious injuries, damages, and even causalities.

3. Worn or Damaged Rollers
Ask a garage door repair pro for service when you identify this issue. The solution will be: Aim to keep your rollers and their tracks free from debris and frequently inspect for wear and tear.

4. Worn or Damaged Cables
If you find that your cables are torsion or worn out, ask for professional service. You should inspect them regularly.

5. Damaged Sections or Panels
A new door will offer more warranty options than replacing damaged sections, though it can be a more economical solution when comparing both.

6. Improper Alignment
This issue also needs the assistance of a professional to be repaired when you find gaps between the rails or, bent curved metal.

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Preventive Maintenance Plans for Commercial & Industrial Doors

The Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC strongly recommends a regularly scheduled preventative maintenance plan for commercial overhead doors.  Our preventative maintenance plans improve operational efficiency, safety, and reliability as our professional technicians will be able to identify the potential problems before they have a chance to occur. 

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Need Some Help?

Our experts are ready to assist you in any way you need. We have 40+ years of experience working in a variety of commercial garage doors, and industrial garage doors such as rolling doors, counter doors, fire-rated doors, parking garage doors, metal and fabric high-speed and high-performance doors, bifold and hydraulic doors, and many more.

Call today at 973-471-4060 or email us at info@loadingdock.com it will be a pleasure to assist you. 

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Counter Doos (Shutters) & Fire-Rated Counter Doors | NYC & NJ Area

Posted by Overhead Door Expert on Mar 17, 2022 11:21:00 AM

When it comes to keeping your business secure, there are many things to consider. Here at The Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands & NYC, we have tons of options for all areas of your store, warehouse, or office. Rolling doors are a great choice for loading docks, but did you know there is another type of rolling door available? Rolling doors that are built for counter service are called counter doors or counter shutters. Any type of business that has a counter operation struggles with how to keep equipment and stock safe during non-business hours. Rolling counter doors are a great solution.

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These types of security doors allow you to operate with no worry. The door rolls out of the way during business hours but slides down to give you the security you need when you are not around.

Counter security grilles are another option. They give the same security but do allow you to see into the “behind the counter” area while they are closed. This can be a great way to build desire among passersby, especially if you have a business with interesting stock.

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The safety of your counter-based business is only as good as the door you use. Check out the options for service counter doors we have at The Overhead Door Company. The security counter doors will allow you to get into and out of the business easily but protect your investment. Fire-rated counter doors are important for the food service businesses and any other area where you may risk a fire.

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Now that you understand more about counter doors, read more about some of our other options for rolling steel doors, such as the high-performance/high-speed rolling doors.

Remember, The Overhead Door Company is your number one resource for all types of commercial doors, industrial doors, and loading dock equipment in the NYC and NJ area.

For more information, please give us a call at 973-471-4060 or email us at info@dockndoor.com

For 24-hour emergency service, please contact us at 973-471-4060 

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