sara LBS has installed two new dock levellers at one of the UK’s largest food production facilities, replacing older units that were approaching the end of their design life and ensuring that demanding supermarket delivery schedules can be met.

The factory employs around 200 people and has regularly invested in new plant and technology. It produces 1,000,000 individual items a day, including many leading brands, which are distributed to retail networks in the UK and overseas. It is located to facilitate excellent transport logistic: being adjacent to a major motorway, several rail lines and with immediate access to several seaports.

To make the most of these transport links dispatch has to be an efficient operation with trucks arriving and leaving throughout the day to meet demanding UK delivery schedules and to coordinate with ship departures.

The project to design and install the new dock levellers was headed up by Alan Ryder, Area Sales Manager for sara LBS.