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Logistics and Supply Chain Solutions

ICA improves your logistics and supply chain by streamlining loading and unloading. Our comprehensive logistic solutions handle pallets and products from the production warehouse facility through to truck, trailer or container.

Our solutions are an essential component of an efficient and profitable supply chain management solution. Whether it’s automated dock loading or unloading, in-truck floor track systems or dispensing with forklift or AGV’s, ICA has the expertise. Our knowledge allows us to better understand customer requirements as well as develop new or modified systems to meet specific handling challenges.

Our aim to is to understand our client’s requirements and respond to their specific needs. We work very closely with all our clients to achieve this. Our speciality is our capability to deliver a total turnkey solution.

ICA Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Granger

Dock Loading and Unloading

A dock is utilised for the quick and efficient loading or unloading of product to or from the production warehouse facility through to truck, trailer or container. ICA’s materials handling solutions can load or unload trucks, trailers or containers automatically by using conveyors, rollers, skates, docks and drives. When the trailer is positioned at the dock, the entire load is loaded or unloaded automatically.

ICA’s skilled in-house design, manufacturing, testing and commissioning teams provide an extensive range of Automated Dock Loading Systems.

  • Associated with profiled floors in trailers and containers.
  • Removes the need for equipment associated with the logistics (trailer/container) component.
  • Can be configured with both chain and slat arrangements for association with delivery/receivable conveyors.
  • Generally, associate with a hydraulically activated levelling unit.
  • The skate is essentially a finger which is extended/retracted into/out of a container/trailer and has airbags to raise or lower for integration within a profiled floor.
  • Can be configured with skate and roller arrangements for handling requirements.
  • Chain size utilised is normally 1” duplex chain.
  • Generally, comprises a pair of twin chain conveyors, but can be modified depending on requirements.
  • Generally, associated with a fixed trailer registration ramp.
  • Most common dock configuration.
  • Single or dual drive configurations are employed.
  • Associated with product that requires additional support and is orientated to suit the use of rollers.
  • Can be configured to work with chain arrangements for loading/unloading requirements (drag chain and roller arrangement).
  • Can work with both roller floor trailer systems as well as chain floor trailer systems, depending on the product.
  • Generally associated with a fixed trailer registration ramp.
  • Roller size and pitch is dependent on load requirements.
  • Employed in conjunction with skate systems within the paper industry.
  • Generally associated with a hydraulically activated levelling unit.
  • Slats allow for the increased support of product for conveying product to other equipment.

85% time saving in pallet loading

The speed of ICA’s dock loading and unloading systems means that trucks are not idling for between 20-40 minutes at each end.

ICA’s solutions can be directly linked to production lines and can also be integrated with AGV’s. By eliminating forklift loading, trucks can be loaded with little effort and increased efficiency in less than 4 minutes. 

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Optimise human resources

Automated dock loading and unloading systems eliminate double handling of materials and therefore require less human intervention to run.

ICA’s solutions have a user-friendly operating system, and improve time management for operators and logistics, maximising operator efficiency. This enables human resources to be redeployed into higher value work. 

Eliminate the expense of running a forklift

Forklift fleets are expensive to purchase and the ongoing maintenance and operation costs are significant. The fleet depreciates in value and ultimately has to be replaced with very little resale value.

As an alternative, investment in capital infrastructure that replaces the need for a fleet of forklifts requires less maintenance and costs significantly less to operate. It also has a considerably longer lifespan than a forklift fleet and return on investment will be greater.

Forklifts are dangerous, and by eliminating the need for a fleet of forklifts increases workplace safety exponentially. No forklifts = No accidents.

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No demurrage charges

Demurrage charges are incurred when warehouse operators overstay the length of time allocated by a supplier to unload a container delivery.

The high frequency of warehouse deliveries in today’s fast paced global economy mean that ongoing demurrage charges are significant.

ICA’s solutions ensure that trucks are back on the road in a timely fashion, improving operational efficiency, and reducing the total number required in the fleet. 

Our aim to is to understand our client’s requirements and respond to their specific needs. We work very closely with all our clients to achieve this. Our speciality is our capability to deliver a total turnkey solution.

ICA Chief Operating Officer, Bruce Granger

Truck and Trailer Systems

ICA manufacture trailer systems which operate with automated dock systems or as a stand alone system, we design to optimise time and performance. Existing trucks and trailers require minimal alterations for operation with powered dock loading and unloading systems.

Chain dock arrangement for the quick loading/unloading of product (pallets) to/from the trailer.

  • Chain size is normally ¾” or 1” duplex. Depending on load requirements chain sizes can be varied to suit client needs.
  • Cut out switches associated with bulkheads for increased lifetime of chain floor systems.
  • Usually comprises of a pair of twin chain conveyors with individual drives, depending on load and handling requirements additional support/carry chains can be fitted.
  • Chain is always above floor level and engaged with the pallets.
  • Conveyors powered from associated docks.
  • Fast, safe and economical cargo handling.
  • Pendant control of the floor from either the trailer or controlled from the dock.
  • Selective loading and unloading by one operator.
  • Used for shorter haul trailers and where load stability is not of issue.
  • Airbag operation undertaken manually.
  • Air taken from the trailer.
  • Chain recesses under floor level when airbags deflate, and protrudes above floor level when conveying product.
  • Conveyors powered from the associated docks.
  • Independent control of the floor from either the trailer or controlled from the dock.
  • Used for long haul trailers or where product stability is an issue.

Manual movement of loaded pallets and air cargo ULD’s air lift roller conveyor roller tracks can be recessed into the floor of trucks and trailers. Loading and unloading pallets, still ages and air cargo pods is made easy. The rollers can be reused during loading and unloading, with the cargo manually rolled down the length of the deck.

Load security whilst travelling is enhanced as the rollers retract with the cargo then resting on the deck. The air system utilises the trucks air braking system with safety valves and a separate receiver to provide multiple lifts even when the engine is shut down.

  • Hydraulic levelling units achieve an accurate positioning of the trailer to the dock.
  • Hydraulic levelling units are generally employed for skate dock systems, where numerous trailers with variable heights are employed.
  • The mechanism engages to a rigid underrun bar assembly fitted to the trailer.
  • The hydraulic levelling mechanism aligns the floor of the trailer to the dock in both vertical and horizontal planes using sensors and reflectors.

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While we create one-off solutions, we never treat our customer relationships that way. ICA prides itself on building long standing, ongoing partnerships with our clients. Our ability to continue to add value to our clients’ plant efficiency and production is fundamental to our success, and our intimate knowledge of the specifics of materials handling in every client industry is the reason we enjoy satisfied clients and long-term relationships.

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Our Point of Difference

ICA has the expertise, capacity and financial strength to undertake any size project anywhere in the world. As a provider of turnkey solutions, ICA provides a complete in-house service including engineering, design, manufacture, supply, installation and electronic process control from concept through to commissioning. With a combined experience of more than 300 years in materials handling technology you can rely on the ICA team to successfully deliver your next project.

Our Company

Formed in 1979, ICA is a privately-owned company with a 40+ year history of global engineering excellence, driven by a stable, skilled workforce. Wholly Australian owned and operated, our Head Office and manufacturing facilities are located in Bendigo, 160 kilometres north of Melbourne in Central Victoria. On our 15 hectares of land we have a total developed factory complex of over 10,000 square metres within three separate fabrication and assembly buildings. Our Melbourne office in Tullamarine also provides design and sales support.

Our Capabilities

Custom design and turnkey solutions, from micro projects to multi-site global installations. ICA have industry specific expertise, and provide in-house design, manufacture, testing and commissioning. Our team are expert installers providing custom training and ongoing site support.

Turnkey Systems

Turnkey systems are the most cost-effective way of achieving the best system solution for materials handling. ICA specialises in delivering turnkey systems that are adaptable and versatile – enabling you to include and remove components as required. We're a company of inventors and innovators who love starting from scratch to create the best possible system that totally meets your needs, now and into the future. We design modular systems to allow for upgrades and we are able to be involved on an ongoing basis to ensure your equipment is maintained to optimal efficiency. Modular turnkey systems give you the advantage as the latest software, control and sensor technologies can be brought into play - and this is the key to providing market adaptability.