Energy-saving solution for truck docking bays

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ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ Monitoring System sensors if a truck is docked and closes the door automatically if there is no activity at the bay, thus preventing loss of energy.

Challenge

Energy is lost every time you open a door by letting either heated or cooled air out from the building. This is especially true with truck loading bays, when there is no truck at the bay. The tendency at most customers is for the bay’s doors simply to be left open all or most of the time, with huge energy-losses especially in colder climate . A solution that encourages the customer to use the equipment in an energy-efficient way, with the opportunity to supervise, monitor and report on its use will minimize the energy-losses.

Solution

ASSA ABLOY Entrance Systems’ Monitoring System includes a sensor which can tell if a truck is docked and it can be set so that if there is no activity at the bay the door closes automatically after a pre-set time; for example 15 minutes. This prevents the door from being left open with subsequent loss of energy. All bays can be connected to the monitoring system’s server giving the customer the opportunity to supervise, monitor and report on a wide variety of aspects in their facility.

Result

Among the customers using the monitoring system from Entrance Systems are DHL and Schenker, who both have these features and solutions as part of their set standards when building logistics centers in Sweden, all to save energy. ASSA ABLOY Entrance systems has also delivered similar solutions to other customers  that confirms the system contributes to their energy savings.

Considering that the difference between indoor and outdoor temperature can differ by as much as 10-15 degrees Celsius in the winter months in Northern European countries, it is clear that door management from an energy-saving point of view is of great importance.