Tesco shops for fast loading 'Pod' system

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When Tesco needed a method of loading and unloading its fleet of new high-capacity double-deck trailers, used to transfer goods between distribution...

When Tesco needed a method of loading and unloading its fleet of new high-capacity double-deck trailers, used to transfer goods between distribution depots, the solution came from Easilift Loading Systems.

Working with a UK lift supplier, Easilift developed a modular loading system, incorporating a scissor lift housed in a 'pod' and designed to integrate with Tesco's fixed-floor double-deck trailers.

The free-standing pods were installed on the outside of the existing loading bays, flush to the external wall of the distribution depot in order to minimise disruption and avoid the loss of internal floor space. The fabricated side and roof frames are clad with insulated wall panels to create a sealed working environment.

Easilift electrically-operated sectional overhead Powerdoors were fitted to the front and rear of each pod. The pods were also fitted with double-deck rubber bumpers, an inflatable dock shelter, traffic lights, two sets of dock lights, and fluorescent lights.

Operator safety is paramount. Vertically hinged personnel access barriers were fitted at the vehicle end of the scissor lift platform and these open outwards to provide a safety handrail on each side of the bridge plate to the vehicle.

Easilift also fitted seal pads close to the side of the bridge to eliminate any gaps, preventing falls from either side of the bridge.

CONTACT Easilift Loading Systems TEL 01484 601400

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