Platform System - Apr 2008
Car manufacturer Toyota has installed modular loading/unloading systems from Thorworld Industries at its plants at Burnaston and Deeside, in areas where there are no raised loading docks.
At the Burnaston plant near Derby, where the Avensis and Auris models are produced, two Thorworld systems are used to unload steel body parts from vehicle trailers, in which they are stored on site until needed.
Both systems, which are located side-by-side, consist of an 11m long, 10 tonne capacity bespoke built access ramp with a 2,650mm usable width, together with a 6,000kg capacity loading platform measuring 5,000 x 2,800mm and an electro-hydraulic dock leveller measuring 2,250 x 2,500m fitted with a swing lip.
Fork lift trucks drive up the ramps and into the rear of the trailers to collect body parts and deliver them to production areas.