The Cost of Neglect: Why Dock & Door Preventative Maintenance is Worth the Investment


Dock and door equipment is an essential component of many businesses, from warehouses to distribution centers, manufacturing plants, and retail stores. This equipment includes loading dock levelers, dock seals and shelters, high-speed doors, and more. Regular preventive maintenance of this equipment can provide a wide range of benefits, ensuring that your operations run smoothly and efficiently. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the top benefits of dock and door preventive maintenance.

1. Increased Equipment Lifespan

Regular preventive maintenance can help extend the lifespan of your dock and door equipment. During maintenance, technicians can identify and repair small issues before they turn into larger problems that require costly repairs or replacements. By taking care of your equipment, you can avoid premature wear and tear and ensure that your equipment lasts as long as possible.

2. Improved Safety

Neglecting dock and door equipment maintenance can create safety hazards in the workplace. Damaged equipment or equipment that isn’t functioning properly can cause accidents and injuries. Regular maintenance can help identify and address potential safety hazards before they cause an accident or injury. This helps ensure that your workplace remains a safe environment for your employees, contractors, and visitors.

3. Reduced Downtime

Unexpected equipment breakdowns can result in costly downtime. Regular preventive maintenance can help identify and repair small issues before they cause equipment failure. By avoiding unexpected equipment downtime, you can keep your operations running smoothly and avoid lost productivity, missed deadlines, and customer dissatisfaction.

4. Lower Operating Costs

Dock and door equipment that is not properly maintained can lead to higher operating costs. For example, a damaged dock seal or shelter can lead to energy waste and increased utility bills. Regular maintenance can help ensure that your equipment is operating efficiently, reducing your energy bills and other operating costs.

5. Compliance with Regulations

Many industries have regulations and standards that govern the maintenance of dock and door equipment. Neglecting this maintenance can result in non-compliance and potential fines. Regular preventive maintenance can help ensure that your equipment is in compliance with these regulations, avoiding costly penalties.

Hector Corres, Distribution Manager over Texas and New Jersey for Friedrich Air Conditioning Co., uses W. W. Cannon for his company’s dock and door preventive maintenance. He considers W. W. Cannon a valuable partner and recently had the following to say, “Your team that was here servicing our equipment was nothing short of outstanding. They informed me of the issues, took time to show me pictures of the damages and explained step by step what was needed to be done to get us current. One thing that really stood out to me, your team has previously stopped by when in the area to check on the site and ensure we are doing ok. This is outstanding customer service! Great job! Please share our appreciation with the team!”

In conclusion, regular dock and door preventive maintenance can provide a wide range of benefits, including increased equipment lifespan, improved safety, reduced downtime, lower operating costs, and compliance with regulatory requirements. By investing in regular maintenance, you can ensure that your equipment is operating efficiently and safely, and that your operations run smoothly and efficiently.

W. W. Cannon, LLC provides preventive maintenance on doors, pedestrian doors, speed doors, fire doors, dock levelers, vehicle restraints, conveyors, VRC’s (freight elevators). We offer monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, and annual maintenance plans.

Contact W. W. Cannon, LLC at 800-442-3061 for a consultation with our Service Manager and get a free quote on dock and door preventive maintenance for your facility. You may also visit us at Request Service | Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio & Nationwide (wwcannon.com) to complete our service request form, or Request Quote | Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, Austin, San Antonio & Nationwide (wwcannon.com) to complete our service quote form.

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