While the worker and raw good shortages have negatively affected the “lead times” on new equipment like industrial doors and loading dock equipment, supply challenges have also affected the "lead time" on the parts and pieces that make up the equipment. Constant changes have affected which parts are readily available and which ones are not. Recently there was a shortage of 1” and 1.25” diameter solid door shafts, while 6 months-ago door springs were hard to find. We have seen issues with some hydraulic and electrical components but not others.
Whether it is the smallest part or the largest component on a piece of equipment, they’re all needed to make it work. Part failure can create a snowball effect resulting in additional parts being damaged ultimately leading to the entire piece of equipment unfixable. The two key components to keeping your equipment working properly are:
Now is the time to double down on proactive maintenance, as this can prevent issues before they happen. Schedule a service visit today.
Are you experiencing supply chain challenges when it comes to the maintenance of your facility? We know these challenges are not going away soon.
The way you conduct business will need to change for you to thrive. As a result, we're sharing five strategies you can implement to avoid delays created by supply chain challenges. Below is the first strategy you can implement.
A foundational understanding of when to replace equipment is built by having a clear accounting of:
Typically, you don’t have failure before your new equipment arrives, and if it arrives early that’s OK. If you’re still skeptical about ordering early, ask yourself these questions:
No one likes surprises, why create one more?
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Whether it’s malfunction or misalignment, many service calls we receive at Dock and Door Tec can be avoided. We’ve gathered 5 of our top service call culprits that cause operator and equipment damage as well as affect the entire facility’s efficiencies and safety.
1. Overhead Doors
5. Slide Locks
While some of these reminders may seem minor, they can trigger other, more significant issues that lead to inoperability. Often, the reason a dock door does not operate properly is a simple one that can be addressed in-house, saving you time and money.
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Servicing a door spring brings a multitude of safety risks to you and your team. Combine this with an out of adjustment spring and employee risk is multiplied.
Common hazards include:
Why break-up with dock and door springs and opt for a springless counter-balance system?
A springless counter-balance system for doors will increase your workplace safety, protect your employees and your bottom line.
• designed to install on new or existing docks & doors
• designed to work in all applications
• reduced annual maintenance and repair costs
• reduced injury and Workmans Comp risk
• reduced downtime
Why are springless counter-balance systems not commonplace?
The answer: Knowledge and upfront cost.
The education around industrial doors is dominated by the door company manufacturers. They focus on high volume sales of door sections and panels, their primary product. Cost is the focal point on most new construction projects. The upfront cost of springs is less than springless options. However, the cost of ownership is much less with springless doors and is a wise investment, providing you with operable, safe door systems.
There are many types of springs: torsion springs, extension springs and compression springs to name a few. While they are a nifty invention and help make mechanical devices work, move or reset, they cause more problems than they solve. And unfortunately, they are brought up most often when they break or come out of adjustment.