In the fast-paced world of logistics and transportation, every second counts. The loading and unloading process at busy loading docks can often become a race against time.
Tragically, history has shown us the devastating consequences of unsafe pull-aways by Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) while the trailer is being loaded or unloaded. However, there is now a solution that is set to revolutionise loading dock safety and efficiency – the new e-Track Transport Yard System (TYS).
Improving Safety and Efficiency
Developed and manufactured here in the UK, the e-Track Transport Yard System represents a remarkable advancement in loading dock technology.
It has been specifically designed to prevent dangerous pull-aways and protect the lives of workers at the loading bays. Gone are the days when operators on forklifts or manual handling equipment had to worry about the unpredictable movements of HGVs, which could lead to catastrophic accidents.
The TYS acts as a safeguard, ensuring that the back of the trailer remains securely in position during loading and unloading operations until the process is complete and has been authorised for departure.
Safety, however, is just one aspect of the e-Track system's intelligence. Its innovative design and seamless integration with loading dock operations lead to unparalleled efficiency gains. By eradicating the risk of unsafe pull-aways, loading and unloading times become more streamlined, enabling a consistent workflow that keeps goods moving and businesses thriving.
How it Works
So how does this technology work? The process commences when a HGV is firmly secured at the loading dock accompanied by the insertion of its vehicle keys into the specially designated e-Track keybox. The e-Track controller promptly signals the security of the vehicle and ensures a safe loading environment. Upon receiving the signal, the dock door controls are unlocked, allowing the door to open for loading operations. Once the loading process is complete, vehicle keys are released through an e-Track controller push-button or remotely from the transport office.
Save 10 Minutes Per Load
A standout feature of the TYS is its ability to save on average 10 minutes per load. Multiply this time saved by the number of daily loads at a busy distribution centre, and the cumulative impact becomes truly impressive. This efficiency boost translates into a substantial competitive advantage for companies that adopt this cutting-edge technology and equipment.
Furthermore, the e-Track TYS is equipped with a user-friendly web portal that provides real-time transparency on loading times. This feature allows stakeholders to monitor and analyse performance metrics, making it possible to identify bottlenecks and optimise workflows. Managers can assess how efficiently their sites are operating, keeping a close eye on loading and unloading durations for both live loads (with attached tractor units) and drop loads (where trailers are shunted on and off the bays).
Bringing Peace of Mind
Beyond the evident safety and efficiency benefits, the e-Track system also brings peace of mind. As responsible members of the logistics community, it is essential to prioritise the safety and well-being of employees. Embracing the e-Track Transport Yard System is not merely an investment in technology; it is an investment in people's lives. By adopting this system, businesses demonstrate a commitment to upholding the highest safety standards while bolstering their operational efficiency. Simultaneously, employees gain confidence in their work environment, knowing that their safety is a top priority.