2013 Product of the Year finalists: Manual Material Handling

Finalists in the Manual Material Handling category for the Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year competition.


Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year finalist: Pneu dock bumper, DL ManufacturingDock bumper

The Pneu dock bumper provides a pneumatic stop using a rotational molded blend of polyolefin plastomer. This rugged material can withstand the constant abuse of dock collisions, and the pneumatic technology eliminates impact shock and releases impact energy via a pressure relief valve while minimizing load on the building. The Pneu dock bumper is easy to install, maintenance free, and weather resistant. Ideal for use with yard jockeys, this bumper reduces damage on truck trailers, reduces building loads, and reduces wear on dock seals.

DL Manufacturing

Plant Engineering 2013 Product of the Year finalist: U-Seal non-compression dock seal, DL ManufacturingDock seal

The U-Seal non-compression dock seal’s patented hollow polyurethane foam core design reduces building load and wear and tear on the dock seal surface. The unique “U” shape features an inner and outer foam finder that folds and conforms to various trailer types creating a perfect seal to greatly reduce energy loss. The innovative design also minimizes the footprint within the impact zone of the forklift and pallet loading area when engaged in the trailer. Constructed with 40-oz vinyl, the U-Seal features a secondary 40-oz vinyl wear face for added durability in the contact zone and triple-layered reinforced corners.

DL Manufacturing

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