Communication between drivers and distribution personnel in loading bays can be poor. The Combilok was developed exclusively to reduce the risk of unintentional vehicle movement on loading bays and offers a ‘safety net’ against poor communication by holding vehicles in one place until loading or unloading is completed. Not only does this improve safety, it also eliminates damage to expensive goods and equipment and helps guard against theft. During operation, the Combilok is fully interlocked: the loading bay door cannot be opened until the Combilok is in position and the Combilok cannot be released until the door is closed again and it is safe to drive away. Totally automatic in operation, the Combilok also overcomes any language difficulties that may arise with drivers delivering from all over the world.
Next Distribution chose Stertil Stokvis to provide vehicle restraint systems at each of its twelve UK distribution centres. The company trialled a number of competitive units over the course of a year and Stertil Stokvis’s universal Combilok performed the most successfully.
Stertil Stokvis has installed a total of 260 Combilok units at every loading bay serving Next’s sites which are responsible for almost a million dock movements annually. The company has also specified another four Combiloks for installation at a new recycling centre.
Commenting on the Combilok’s successful trial at the company’s Emsall Way site, Next Distribution’s Head of Engineering, David Swinbank, said, “The Combilok was definitely the most versatile unit we tried, making it ideal for the wide range of vehicles in both our fleet and those of our suppliers. The Combilok is competitively priced and the installations have been very straightforward, keeping disruption to a minimum.”
Providing unrivalled efficiency and reliability, the Combilok helps companies to fulfil their health and safety obligations in loading bays. The system accommodates most types of commercial vehicles including those with tail lifts, mudguards, underrun protection bars or side skirts. Also, its ease of assembly on smooth surfaces like stelcon plates means that it’s ideal for both new and existing sites. Stertil Stokvis has also designed the Combilok system with a minimal number of moving parts thus making it safe, simple and inexpensive both to install and maintain.
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