Dock and Door Preventative Maintenance Programs at Alliance
The key to ensuring warehouse loading docks and doors are in their best operating condition with minimal downtime: a dock and door preventative maintenance program (PMP). As with all material handling equipment, your dock and doors require proper maintaining and servicing for peak performance and adherence to workplace safety regulations.
What’s a dock and door PMP?
Dock and door PMPs are plans that include regularly scheduled servicing and safety checks by expert dock and door technicians. The service appointments include:
checking for broken or weakening structural components
ensuring proper lubrication
testing spring tension
making sure all doors are level
removing any debris from beneath the dock leveler
Catching any issues before they cause a breakdown is critical to safety and operational efficiencies.
“Some of the largest Fortune 500 companies lose between $700,000 to $1 million per loading dock every single day when inoperable…that’s an enormous opportunity lost, especially when it happens during the busiest time of year.”
How often does servicing occur?
At Alliance, the frequency of your PMP visits is custom determined depending upon your warehouse dock and door usage, age of your equipment, amount of shifts, and team workflow. Typically, facility dock and doors require quarterly, biannually, or annual maintenance plans.
Is a dock and door PMP necessary for safety?
Most importantly, dock and door PMPs support workplace safety. Regular maintenance is necessary to prevent workplace injuries caused by malfunctioning equipment. Plus, docks and doors in top condition keep warehouse team members safe from outside contaminants like vehicle exhaust, and external elements such as moisture and extreme temperatures.
PMPs ensure that your docks and doors are ready for safety audits and inspections necessary for compliance with local laws and regulations, as well as the upkeep of manufacturer warranties.
What are the cost-savings benefits?
A PMP is a small investment that pays off big time in both the long and the short run. Regular maintenance maximizes the lifespan of your dock and door equipment, saving you the cost of updating and replacing your equipment before it’s necessary. Additionally, frequent dock and door servicing enhances the operational efficiency of your equipment and overall warehouse operations.
And, PMPs help prevent business losses and inefficiencies from unexpected breakdowns and downtime while you’re waiting for emergency repairs. One dock and door company leader noted in a piece for Material Handling and Logistics magazine, “I’ve witnessed some of the largest Fortune 500 companies lose between $700,000 to $1 million per loading dock every single day when inoperable…that’s an enormous opportunity lost, especially when it happens during the busiest time of year.”
Dock and door PMPs at Alliance
Alliance is your trusted source for industrial, warehouse, and manufacturing facility doors. In addition to offering a complete line of dock and door products, we offer emergency repair and PMPs for all industrial door brands.