Exterior-Mount Dock Levelers Fends Off Costly Energy Loss - Dockzilla

Exterior-Mount Dock Levelers Fends Off Costly Energy Loss

Pit-style dock leveler with snow and cold coming in through the gaps

Internal pit-style dock levelers have been a fixture in U.S. warehouses for decades. However, when it comes to energy efficiency and providing a comfortable work environment, these antiquated dock plates have become a significant liability. By attaching a modular, self-supported dock leveler to the outside of a facility, Dockzilla’s Dock House and Exterior Loading Dock Leveler designs create annual cost savings and thermal benefits at the loading dock.


Save $2,500/Yr Per Dock on Energy Bills

Traditional dock plates lack thermal benefits (or R Value), so they’re unable to trap heating or air conditioning inside a facility. Dockzilla’s modular dock levelers are attached on the outside of a facility, so the interior door closes directly on the building floor instead of a steel dock plate. This seals in heating or air conditioning and drives energy efficiency which translates to energy savings of up to $2,500/yr. per dock. Depending on the climate, type of building and its interior heating/cooling system, the savings could be substantially greater.

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Above: Outside of the Dockzilla Dock House is the same temperature as the rest of the building thanks to the exterior installation and the thermal vestibule the Dock House creates

Thermal photo of heat loss from pit-style dock leveler

Above: Outside of a pit-style leveler is much hotter than the outside of the building due to the heat pouring out from the leveler and dock door.

Create a Thermal Vestibule

Dockzilla’s Dock House encloses incoming trailers to create a thermal “vestibule” during loading operations. Similar to the air entrapment systems used at the front entrance of a building to manage temps when the door opens and closes, this vestibule creates an ideal thermal environment for loading perishables into reefer trailers–including produce, frozen food, and refrigerated pharmaceuticals.

Insulation from Inside

Close Costly Gaps for Temperature Control

When a facility is equipped with pit levelers, there’s typically a dramatic temperature difference between the warehouse and loading docks. The culprit?  Dock plates that are uninsulated and surrounded by one-inch gaps, which allows costly heating or air conditioning to escape. By attaching Dockzilla’s Exterior Dock Leveler to the front of the dock and leaving the building floor intact, the dock door can close tightly on the concrete for a temperature-controlled environment that keeps employees comfortable and productive.

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