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Cross docking of produce facilitated

12 December 2012

A loading platform system designed and built by Thorworld Industries has increased efficiency at Solstor UK, which operates a temperature controlled supply chain network for the food industry. The modular loading/unlo

A loading platform system designed and built by Thorworld Industries has increased efficiency at Solstor UK, which operates a temperature controlled supply chain network for the food industry.

The modular loading/unloading system has been installed at Solstor's main UK multi-temperature consolidation hub at Crayford, Kent.

It consists of four standard 2,000kg capacity Thorworld raised platforms that have been connected together to form a single platform measuring 37.5 sq m. This in turn is capable of handling two 13.6 m long reefer trailers at a time.

The platform was then equipped by Thorworld with ancillary equipment including dock bumpers, two hinged bridge plates, safety bars, and a set of access steps.

It allows for cross-docking of produce, with a stand-on mechanical barrow used to unload pallet loads of boxes from incoming trailers. The foodstuffs are loaded immediately into another trailer for onward delivery to customers, or stored in a 37 pallet capacity cold store, supplied by ArcticStore, that has been installed at the rear of the platform.
 
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