Logistics and Supply Chain Solutions
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
within the industry
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.
The reason clients choose ica
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.
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.
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 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.