Inflatable shelter designed for versatility, durability

by Inside Logistics Online Staff

MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin – Responding to the needs of facilities whose loading docks service a wide variety of truck and trailer configurations, Rite-Hite has introduced the Uni-Dox Inflatable Shelter.

The unique design of the Uni-Dox shelter allows it to rapidly inflate after the truck is docked and deflate before it leaves. The Uni-Dox inflates 50 percent faster than other inflatable shelters, thanks to its advanced air bag and connector designs (which hold air better during inflation). Its deflation and retraction efficiency is also enhanced by the use of a counterweight retraction system instead of a motorized return.

The Uni-Dox is also unlike other inflatable shelters in that it uses conforming, non-inflatable draft pads to reduce the risk of damage and leaks. Not only do these draft pads diminish wear and tear on the inflatable bags, they improve the overall effectiveness and reliability of the seal.

“The Uni-Dox is the most versatile dock shelter on the market, in terms of the variety of truck/trailer configurations it can handle,” says Mary Blaser, Rite-Hite’s director of marketing. “Its unique technology makes it more durable and efficient than other inflatable shelters.”

The head and side bags of the Uni-Dox inflate around the top and sides of the truck trailer, respectively, after the trailer is secured to the loading dock. Through manual activation, the air bags are then deflated and retracted behind a protective structure before the trailer pulls away from the dock. A single-phase blower fills the air bags.

An interconnection system such as the Dok-Commander loading dock control panel offers additional feedback to reduce the risk of damage if the air bags have not been deflated before a trailer pulls in or out.

The PitMaster Under-leveler Seal completes an effective seal beneath and around the dock leveler and bumpers, helping to prevent the infiltration of outdoor debris and pests.

In addition to loading docks who service a wide variety of trailer sizes (including trailers with tailgate extensions), the Uni-Dox Inflatable Shelter is also ideal for facilities that require full width and height access to the rear of the trailer; where strong pressure is present; or where there are yard jockeys, truck levelers or trailers that have hydraulic rear tandems.