Friday, December 30, 2016

Happy New Year - Now, are your inspections up to date?

I don't think anyone likes all the inspections required to run a business, and it is easy to let them slide.  It is a large task to keep current on your inventory, much less the annual inspections required for certain equipment. We can help. We offer free inventory evaluations that include recommendations and requirements for each different type. One area that people overlook until it is too late is the Fire Door areas of their facility.  Take a look at this short video on fire door safety and required inspections for this type of equipment.
That inspection sticker is a great piece of mind that you meet the requirement but more importantly that your associates are safer in case of a fire.  This door happens to be at the ACT Winston-Salem facility and it gives us piece of mind that the door will close in the case of a fire in our forklift shop area, and that it will close at the proper speed.
Take a look at that aerial work platform Blake is using in the video.  This scissor lift requires an annual inspection to insure that it is operating safely and properly. We can help identify the other areas in your facility that require inspection and certification, and look forward to helping you have a great 2017.  Contact us at or at 800-849-5438. Happy New Year.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Back Up, and do it right.

Back Up!  Do It Right.

Often times when customers move into a building, the original design and equipment are not optimized for the new tenant and intended use.  The shipping and receiving areas of the building show signs of an ill fit and improper equipment use.  Different load weights, truck and trailer sizes, shipping methods, and other factors often result in very expensive and extensive damage to the equipment and the building.

Take this illustration, for example.  Here we can see a trailer is too narrow for the dock equipment.  The trailer is backed into a dock and the seals are not designed to accommodate the trailer.  This puts too much pressure on the bumper and allows the trailer to back in too deep. This causes several problems, and many of the problems can be seen here if you look closely.

Start with the trailer - See how the bottom corner has recessed nicely into the center of the bumper? This is due to advanced wear and deterioration of the bumper material. Over time, this allows each trailer to back in too far.  This reduces the effectiveness of the bumper and stresses other areas of the building and dock equipment.  

Now look at the wall  -  Over time, the bumper deterioration allows the trailer to back in too deep, 
creating a rut in the bumper, eventually rendering the bumper completely useless. When the is bumper was new, it had twice as much surface and had a square and even face. This bumper pad has 5" of worn surface, so the trailers are 5" closer to the dock than with the original design.  The worn bumper surface also reduces the shock absorbing qualities of a dock bumper.  Now you can see noticeable stress on the building itself in cracks, and chunks.  Trailers are slowly chipping away at the wall and causing noticeable stress fractures.

Now look at the seal - Too much pressure on the seal now allows the trailer to slide inside the edges because the bumper doesn’t provide enough resistance. This causes buckling of the exterior wall panels from the repeated hard bounces

This is just a small example and photo of the cause/effect relationship between the dock bumpers, dock seals, and dock levelers/boards in the shipping and receiving area.  
It doesn’t have to result in damage to the building and raising your “cost of doing business”.

Because of the newer equipment that is available now, features provide exceptional shock absorption, tighter seals around the trailers, and of course protects the integrity of the dock opening and surrounding building.  Steel faced bumpers that prevent ruts and maintain their thickness keep the truck from backing into the building and protects walls. Properly sized seals made of dense foam add additional shock absorption and also protect the walls.

Make an appointment today and let us share some ideas with you that will save you money while increasing the value of your docks and doors.  Visit us at for more details or call us at 800-849-5438. 

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Family Road Trips -Ahh, the memories!

Do you remember those road trips during the holiday season?  Some of those trips were short, some long, and some took most of the day.  The kids in the back fidgeting, fighting, and asking "Are we there yet? every 30 minutes.  Can you imagine riding in your car on a torn seat during an 8-hour road trip?  That would just add to the family experience and probably would have everyone in a bad mood by the time we get to grandma's house.

If your forklifts have old seats, we are essentially asking the same of our forklift operators – every shift, every day. The loss of the seat’s cushion and support creates an uncomfortable ride with exposed foam and wires, and increases excessive vibration. As the shift goes on, operators become sore and irritated which then decreases productivity.

A damaged forklift seat may also pose a larger problem if the seat belt doesn’t work. During an OSHA audit, a non-working seat belt can result in a fine under the General Duty clause of 1910.178. More importantly, a restraint system can be a life-saver in an event of tip-over or the forklift being driven off a dock.
Take a minute to review your forklift fleet and their seat condition. When it comes time to replace your forklift seats, don’t be fooled by low-cost generic brands. To keep your operators as comfortable, safe and productive as possible, trust Toyota Genuine Forklift Seats.
For more information on forklift ergonomic accessories, contact ACT at