Retail

Airgonomics design and manufacture bespoke handling equipment for use within the retail sector.

Our custom build facility enables us to address your transportation difficulties directly, crafting innovative solutions that are in line with client requirements. Providing a comprehensive service that encompasses initial design consultations, through to installation and ongoing maintenance checks of your product, Airgonomics are continuing to develop our services in a way that resonates with clientele.

Airgonomics design and manufactures bespoke handling equipment for use within the retail sector

From department stores to supermarkets, the far reaching scope of the retail sector encompasses a range of materials. Within busy cities especially, loading and unloading the vast amounts of stock that passes through a retail store daily can be intricate. Movement automation is designed to assist with this process, providing an economic solution to these arduous tasks.

Industrial turntables, as designed and manufactured by Airgonomics, are suitable for retail trucks to optimise efficiency during loading and unloading operations. Crafted around the specifications of each client, turntables are manufactured to the length of clients’ retail trucks to maximise space within facilities.

There is theoretically no weight or size limitation for loads on turntables for retail loading and unloading applications. Airgonomics, however, will provide a site survey in order to determine the necessary project specifications for individual turntables. This, in conjunction with the availability of comprehensive warranties and services provided by Airgonomics, seeks to provide clients with a product perfectly fit for its application. 

The services offered by Airgonomics include in house design, undertaken by a dedicated design team, as well as manufacturing and finishing of bespoke products, installation, and servicing. Our services are provided nationwide, with equipment exportation available for clients overseas.

The lead times for bespoke turntables will be advised during quotation and order, due to the unique nature of each project.

Airfilm technology has several applications across the retail sector, evolving processes for optimised efficiency. Applications include:

  • Loading and unloading
  • Storage and warehousing

FAQ's

What hazards can occur at a loading dock?

Loading docks are a particularly hazardous area of a retail warehouse; whilst hazards should be sufficiently noted by individual companies, some of the most common hazards that can occur at a loading dock include:

  • Drive away - the vehicle drives away before loading/ unloading has finished, causing loads to fall, and posing risk to operators and products
    Reversing - having to manoeuvre the vehicle into or out of the loading bay can lead to hazards such as blind spots or crashes whilst reversing, posing risk to workers on the bay floor and other vehicles
  • Vehicle creep - movement of loading/ unloading can cause the vehicle to creep away from the bay, which may cause products and workers to fall from the platform
  • Water access - water entering dock due to weather conditions or other events can cause slick floors; wet floor hazards caused by water, oil, or other substances can affect both workers and vehicles
  • Load roll away - incline or declines of loading/ unloading platforms can cause loads to roll away unmanaged, posing risk to product and workers
  • Carbon monoxide - carbon monoxide poisoning can be a very serious effect of inhaling emissions created by running vehicle engines
How can you improve loading dock safety?

Whilst loading docks can pose numerous hazards, there are ways to ensure that these areas can be safely managed.

Signage should be placed around the docks, warning of wet floor conditions, directing traffic, and informing drivers of speed limits.

Signals can be employed alerting drivers when it is time to drive away, preventing drive-away hazards.

Vehicle restraints such as wheel chocks should be used to prevent vehicle creep.

A weatherproof canopy or seal should be placed over the loading bay to prevent weather conditions infiltrating the area.

A guarding system should be in place to prevent falling from docks.

Turntables can be installed to rotate vehicles, assisting flow of traffic and limiting the running of vehicle engines.

Do loading docks require fall protection?

Yes, under OSHA 1910.28 fall protection devices are a requirement for docks four or more feet high. This is to prevent an employee from falling from an open dock.

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