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HYDRAULIC DOCK LEVELLERS reliable for demanding operation

Dock levellers featuring a telescopic extending lip allow precise positioning onto the rear of a vehicle’s deck, ensuring maximum use of available space for a logistics solutions provider


pecialist loading bay equipment and industrial door manufacturer Stertil Dock & Door Products has installed a series of dock levellers for XPO Logistics. As a leading global provider of supply chain solutions XPO Logistics operates a UK network of strategically located ambient and temperature controlled warehousing facilities. The company’s Amber Park warehouse in South Normanton, Derbyshire occupies 200,000 sq ft and offers 21,000 pallet locations. As part of an upgrade to the site it was decided to replace 11 outdated levellers with an installation of Stertil XP 2521 hydraulic dock levellers.

SAFE OPERATION Between 60 and 80 rigid lorries and articulated vehicles with trailers are loaded and unloaded in a typical working day at the site. These operations are undertaken safely and swiftly by the 6000kg capacity XP 2521 dock levellers which feature a telescopic extending lip. Simple, precise positioning of this lip onto the rear of a vehicle’s deck enables loading by pallet truck right up to the rear doors thereby ensuring maximum use of available space. Although the original dock levellers had been installed by another supplier around 15 years ago when the site was built they have been maintained for many years by Stertil Dock Products as part of an

ongoing maintenance contract. The success of this relationship was a major factor in XPO Logistics approaching Stertil to tender for replacements.

ROUND THE CLOCK OPERATION “Based on our previous experience of working together we were pleased to offer Stertil the opportunity to quote for the new dock levellers,” says Chris Hackett, fleet/facilities manager at the

Simple, precise positioning of the lip onto the rear of a vehicle’s deck enables loading by pallet truck right up to the rear doors

Amber Park site. “Our operation here is almost non-stop so we cannot afford to be let down by any of our equipment. “We decided that the Stertil dock levellers offered the best value for money and they have proved to be extremely reliable in a demanding application.”

Stertil UK T: 0870 770 0471


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saving door combines the tensioning of the curtain and the weight of the counterbalance with collision and crash detection in one integrated system. Should the door leaf touch an obstacle such as a loaded pallet or person

the closing edge will bend in any direction without causing harm or damage to the obstruction. If the extent of the bend is substantial the two snap-in connections disconnect, sending a ‘crash’ signal to the sensors which instructs the door to return to a full open position. The separate snap-in connections of the EFA-SRT Soft Touch are quickly and simply reinstated when the door reaches the closed position. This results in superior functionality, operational safety and 150,000 cycles per year. Soft Touch is suitable for areas of high volume traffic, easy to clean and available in 4500mm and 5000mm widths. The standard curtain is made of 0.8mm thick fabric reinforced polyester and available with or without viewing window for exceptional visibility; further options are possible. The door leaf protects against drafts and combines high-speed opening and door curtain tension to provide durability and functionality.


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