Rite-Hite -Dok-Lok® Dock Timer


Unlike anything else in the material handling industry, the Dok-Lok® Dock Timer visual management tool lets logistics personnel take control of each dock position by monitoring the total duration of loading activities.

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Dok-Lok® Dock Timer

Unlike anything else in the material handling industry, the Dok-Lok® Dock Timer visual management tool lets logistics personnel take control of each dock position by monitoring the total duration of loading activities. The clean and simple control interface indicates crucial loading time milestones, such as: when shipping window is within 30 minutes, when facility has exceeded set shipping window and when the load was complete. Dock Timers are compatible with all Dok-Lok Vehicle Restraints and can be optimized with smart, connected capabilities for additional synchronization and data-capture of the logistics process.


Designed and Installed for Productivity

  • Help Improve Loading Efficiencies - Facilities can increase trailer throughput to support additional capacity with real-time visual management tool for enhanced loading dock productivity. When optimized with Opti-Vu®, facilities can intuitively track loading processes to make data-informed decisions based on real-time events and historical trends at each dock position.

  • Better Control Detention and Demurrage - Dock workers can better prioritize material handling needs based off of total displayed time. Black text on yellow background universally communicates that time is within 30 minutes of shipping window or time has exceeded so fees are incurring.

  • Custom Shipping Window - Facility customizes shipping window for each dock position, helping to accommodate various trailer types and load size needs. Either counting up or down, the time is displayed in minutes and hours (00:00 time format) at any interval.

  • Graphic User Interface (GUI) - 7” Color LCD GUI provides a clean and simplified control interface with state of the art low voltage panel that is prewired with external connections brought into precoded terminals. The GUI does not control the Dok-Lok® and is available as remote mount.

  • Withstand Harsh Loading Dock Environment - NEMA 4X Graphic User Interface (GUI) offers a superior level of protection from corrosion and extreme loading environments, such as: windblown dust and rain, splashing water, and more. The controls DO NOT operate the Dok-Lok® vehicle restraint.
Safety at the Loading Dock
  • Integrate with Optional Trailer Presence Sensor - When integrated with a trailer presence sensor, the dock timer starts once a trailer is detected at the dock position. Monitoring the time from trailer presence to Lok engagement can help identify an opportunity for efficient reaction time for engaging the restraint once trailer in position. The dock timer stops when the Dok-Lok® is disengaged.

  • Help Keep Boots off the Ground - When integrated with Trailer Presence Sensor, the solution helps safely confirm trailer presence without the need to step outside on the dangerous drive approach.

  • Compatible with Dok-Lok® Vehicle Restraints - Dok-Lok® Vehicle Restraints help improve loading dock safety, productivity and security with versatile hook and barrier designs that help address trailer separation accidents. The dock timer does not operate the restraint but does optimize the efficient use of the equipment.

  • Ease of Training for Universal Understanding - Minimal training required as the dock timer utilizes numbers and colored background on GUI for ease of adoption . Different colors signify:

Not running: White numbers on black background with solid colon
Running: Black numbers on white background with blinking colon
Shipping Window within 30 minutes: Black text on yellow background
Shipping Window Exceeded: Flashing black text on yellow background

Sequence of Operations (Count Down)

1. Initial Power Up - Screen has black background with white text.

2. Operator Engages Dok-Lok® - Background changes to white with black text and the colon begins to flash.

3. 30 Minutes - Background changes to yellow with black text and flashing colon.

4. 0 Minutes - Background stays yellow with flashing black text that begins to start counting back up. Dok-Lok Dock Timer will continue counting back up. Dok-Lok timer will continue counting until Lok disengaged.

5. Loading Complete - Operator disengages restraint. Timer stops and displays the total load time (from Lok to UnLok) with black background with white text and the colon stops flashing.

6. New Loading Cycle - Timer resets once operator engages Dok-Lok, starting a new cycle.

Dok-Lok Dock Timer ships standard as “Count Up” which works in the inverse of the above-described Sequence of Operations. Facilities can choose either Count Up or Count down.

Communication and Control

Dok-Lok® Style Light Communication and Dok-Commander® Systems offer enhanced communication between dock personnel inside the building and truck drivers outside of the building with inside controls, outside communication lights and interior/exterior instructional signs. The controls facilitate the ability to immediately or incrementally incorporate any Rite-Vu™ Hazard Recognition and Control component, allowing facilities to:

  • Incorporate line of sight light communication system status with Corner-Vu™ and Leveler-Vu™
  • Extend Blue Light Policy to help prevent 80,000 annual forklift-pedestrian accidents by extending reaction time with Pedestrian-Vu™
  • Help prevent 2nd leading cause of backover fatalities in the United States with Approach-Vu™, which utilizes a light and horn system to present a clear visual and audible warning to pedestrians in the drive approach when a backing vehicle is detected.
  • Verify Dok-Lok engagement and trailer stand presence via outside camera and inside monitor with Lok-Vu™, reducing the amount of processes on the dangerous drive approach.

All components are available as standalone or incorporated with Dok-Lok Style Light Communication System or Dok-Commander Combined Controls, which offers more flexibility, facilitating the greatest long-term yield per dock position. The systems allow facilities to address their most urgent safety needs first but reserving the opportunity to integrate vehicle restraints and other safety solutions at a fraction of the cost compared to standalone equipment purchases.

Smart, Connected Capabilities

Loading Dock Productivity Analytics

  • Monitor real-time loading dock status. Optional Dok-Lok Dock Timer digitally displays total engagement time at each position to help dock attendants prioritize loads and avoid costly detention and demurrage charges.
  • Leverage loading dock analytics with current and historical Dok-Lok efficiency and utilization data to identify areas of operational improvement through robust reporting and intuitive dashboards.
  • Receive trending productivity alerts and review correct actions / next steps.

Loading Dock Safety Analytics

  • Study and understand safety challenges, frequency trends and root cause with diagnostic analytics to proactively influence employee behavior.
  • Interactive Safety Assessment Tool helps place priority on specific safety events.
Industry Leading Warranty
  • 12-Month Limited Money-Back Guarantee of Customer Satisfaction
  • Standard Warranty includes 1 year parts / 1 year labor
  • Rite-Hite® Extended Warranty (purchased with Dok-Lok®) includes up to 5 year parts / 5 year labor and smart, connected capabilities

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