Lasting solution

09 June 2014

Semi-permanent Thorworld loading system becomes lasting solution for busy logistics firm.

Worcestershire fresh produce transport company IDS Transport (UK) installed a bespoke loading system manufactured by Thorworld Industries.

The semi-permanent system – comprising a ramp, platform and dock levellers, bolted to the ground outside its warehouse facility in Evesham – provides IDS with an alternative to a permanent loading dock, something that the company was unable to install due to operational restrictions.

Given the high throughput of items requiring loading and unloading, IDS nonetheless required a robust and practical solution that would suit its fleet.

Thorworld designed a solution specifically for IDS, comprising a ramp, large platform and two dock levellers, accessorised with all the appropriate safety aids such as handrails, antislip surfaces and dock bumpers. The system enables loads to be forklifted out of the warehouse, before being safely ramped to a waiting trailer, with the process reversed for deliveries. In addition, a hinged barrier with locking gas spring permits goods to be (un)loaded from ground level where required.

Derek Simms, director at IDS Transport says: "Installing a fixed dock within the warehouse was not an option due to the civil engineering work required. At the same time, it made long-term economic sense to find a solution that we can remove and relocate should we move to new premises in the future.

"Thorworld’s design, manufacture, installation and service has all been excellent, and while the equipment is still relatively new, it’s already showing its worth and its potential for long-term success."