Sentric is membership of the American Clean Power Association

Sentric is proud to announce its membership in the American Clean Power Association (ACPA). This partnership allows us to further our commitment to sustainability and renewable energy while also connecting with other industry leaders and advocates. 


Being a member of ACPA means that Sentric is part of a community that is dedicated to advancing clean energy policies and practices. By joining forces with other like-minded organizations, we can work towards a common goal of promoting a clean, reliable, and affordable energy future. 


As an ACPA member, you gain access to valuable industry news, trends, and research that will help you stay current in the clean energy field. This information is crucial in ensuring that your solutions are always innovative and effective. Recently, Kirk attended the American Clean Power Operations, Maintenance & Safety Conference, which proved to be an excellent experience.




Automated Loading and Unloading Systems: A look into the benefits & challenges of the latest trend in logistics


Automated loading and unloading systems have become a critical component of logistics, particularly in the supply chain. 

Businesses are resorting to automated technology to optimize their operations as demand for shorter delivery times and increased efficiency grows. In the Material Handling Industry’s 2023 Annual Report 76% of respondents said that they would be increasing their investment is supply chain technology and innovation. Additionally, John Paxton, MHI CEO, states “Responsible supply chains must react in real-time to changing conditions, this requires actionable data, automation and automated decision-making.”  

In this article, we will look at the various types of automated loading and unloading systems and analyze the advantages and disadvantages of integrating them in your logistics operations. 

 We will evaluate the influence of these technologies on the industry and share insights on how to make the best decision for your business. 

So, let us take a look at these systems and how it might change the way things are delivered. 


What is automated loading/unloading?  


Automated loading and unloading of goods into semi-trailers is a process that uses robots and other automated systems to load and unload goods from semi-trailers. This process can be used in a variety of industries, including manufacturing, retail, and distribution. 


Type of Automated Systems


There are several different types of automated loading and unloading systems. The type of system that is used will depend on the specific needs of the industry and the type of goods that are being transported. Some common types of automated systems include:


Automated guided vehicles (AGVs)

AGVs are small, self-propelled vehicles that can be used to transport goods around a warehouse or distribution center. AGVs can be used to load and unload goods from semi-trailers.

                                                                                        Guided vehicles automatically running warehouse activity showing automation value


Robotic arms

Robotic arms can be used to pick and place goods onto or off semi-trailers. Robotic arms can be used to load and unload a variety of goods, including pallets, boxes, and individual items.

                                                                                        Robotic Arms are packaging a product on a warehouse, sign of automated loading and unloading system power.


Conveyor systems

Conveyor systems can be used to transport goods to and from semi-trailers. Conveyor systems can be used to load and unload a variety of goods, including pallets, boxes, and individual items.


These systems can help to improve efficiency, productivity, safety, and accuracy. They are a valuable tool for businesses that need to move goods quickly and efficiently. These systems can help to improve efficiency, productivity, safety, and accuracy. 


Benefits of automated loading and unloading systems


Efficiency & productivity

These systems can help to improve efficiency and productivity. Automated systems can load and unload goods much faster than human workers can. This can help to reduce the amount of time that goods spend in transit, which can lead to faster delivery times. In addition, automated loading and unloading systems can be used 24/7. Human workers need breaks and time off, but automated systems can work around the clock. This can help to improve efficiency and productivity.


Improved Safety

Automated loading and unloading systems can help to improve safety and reduce injury. Human workers are often at risk of injuries from lifting heavy objects or from being struck by moving equipment. Automated systems can help to eliminate these risks. This is especially important in industries where there is a high risk of injuries, such as manufacturing. 


Increased Accuracy

These systems can help to improve accuracy. These systems can ensure that goods are loaded and unloaded in the correct order and location. This can help to reduce the risk of errors, which can lead to delays and disruptions in the supply chain. 


Reduced Cost

Furthermore, it can help to reduce costs in a number of ways. These systems can reduce the need for human labor, which can lead to labor cost savings. Additionally, these systems can help to reduce the risk of damage to goods, which can lead to material cost savings. 


Challenges of automated loading and unloading systems


Initial investment

These systems can be expensive to purchase and install. However, the long-term cost savings that these systems can provide can make them a worthwhile investment.



Automated loading and unloading systems require a significant amount of technology. This technology must be reliable and up-to-date in order to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the system. 



These systems can be inflexible. They may not be able to handle all types of goods or all types of loading and unloading situations.



Automated systems require regular maintenance in order to keep them running smoothly. Besides, this maintenance can be costly, but it is necessary to ensure the continued operation of the system.



Employees who will be using automated loading and unloading systems must be trained on how to operate the system safely and efficiently. This training can be time-consuming and expensive, but it is necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the system. 


Job Replacement

Automated loading and unloading systems can lead to job losses. As these systems become more common, they may replace human workers. This could lead to job losses and economic hardship in some communities. 

                                                                                        Forklift using to transport a pallet within a semi-trailer.



Despite the challenges, automated loading and unloading systems can be a valuable tool for businesses that need to move goods quickly and efficiently. The decision of whether to use automated or human loading and unloading will depend on the specific needs of the business. Businesses should consider the factors that are most important to them, such as efficiency, safety, accuracy, cost, and flexibility. 

6 Tips For Maintaining a Safe & Productive Loading Dock

Safety the loading dock is one of the most important issues for logistics companies.

The loading dock is an essential component of many industrial and commercial facilities, serving as a hub for the movement of goods between trucks and warehouses or storage areas

However, loading docks can also be a source of potential hazards and safety concerns. According to ISHN, it is estimated that loading docks account for 25% of all industrial accidents. As EHS, operation, and logistic managers, it is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your employees, equipment, and products.

Here are some tips for maintaining a safe loading dock environment.


1. Establish and enforce clear safety policies and procedures

These policies should cover areas such as employee training, equipment maintenance, and hazard identification and mitigation. Make sure that all employees receive proper training on loading dock safety, including the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and safe loading and unloading procedures.


2. Keep the loading dock area clean and well – maintained

Regularly inspect and maintain loading dock equipment, such as dock levelers, doors, and bumpers. Keep the area free from debris and obstacles that could cause tripping or falling hazards. Proper lighting and ventilation are also important for maintaining a safe and productive work environment


3. Ensure that all vehicles and equipment are properly secured and immobilized during loading and unloading. 

Trailer restraints, such as the Salvo Loading Dock Safety System, are an effective way to prevent trucks from accidentally pulling away from the dock. The Salvo system uses a unique sequential process that confirms that the trailer is properly positioned and locked in place, providing an added layer of safety and security.


4. Be aware of potential hazards associated with loading and unloading

For example, employees should avoid standing between a truck and the dock during loading and unloading, as this can result in serious injury or death if the truck suddenly moves. Employees should also be trained to recognize and respond to other potential hazards, such as unstable loads, spills or leaks, or hazardous materials.


5. Ensure that all equipment and tools used in the loading dock area are properly maintained and used

This includes forklifts, pallet jacks, and other material handling equipment. Regular inspections and maintenance, as well as proper operator training and certification, are essential for safe and effective use of these tools.


6. Establish a culture of safety and accountability in your organization

Encourage employees to report any safety concerns or near-misses and take swift action to address any issues that arise. Recognize and reward employees who demonstrate a commitment to safety and follow established procedures.



In conclusion, maintaining a safe loading dock environment is essential for the health and well-being of employees and the success of your organization. By establishing clear policies and procedures, maintaining equipment and facilities, using proper restraints, and promoting a culture of safety and accountability, you can help ensure that your loading dock operations are safe and productive

Sentric Safety Group Acquires Zonegreen

Sentric Safety Group announces today it has acquired Zonegreen.

Headquartered in Sheffield, United Kingdom, Zonegreen develops technologies, software and services that make working in rail depots safer and more efficient. Controlled remotely, these technologies protect lives by ensuring vehicles don’t move unless it is safe to do so. Zonegreen’s products are used by rail customers across the UK, Ireland and Australia.


“Sentric has a proven track record in the rail safety space in France. The acquisition of Zonegreen will enable us to offer a complete range of connected solutions to keep rail maintenance workers safe,” said Aurelie Paul, General Manager, Sentric. “Our companies’ technologies are solving real problems every day as new ways of travelling continue to evolve. Sentric’s investment not only accelerates its ambition for international growth, it also gives the company long-term support to create the safest environment for employees when working in rail depots.”


As a highly sustainable mode of transport, rail makes a notable contribution to reducing carbon emissions and achieving climate objectives. With its growth, there is a growing demand for innovative technologies which support the safety, reliability and efficiency of rail networks and their workers.



  •  Depot Personnel Protection System (DPPSTM): Allows the safe and efficient movement of vehicles in and around rail maintenance depots. The innovative technology safeguards workers by using approved powered derailers, linked to road end panels. Staff create safe zones in which to work in using RFID tags and access permission for trains will then only be given if the road is clear.


  • Depot Manager: SCADA software provides a real time graphical overview of the status of the DPPSTM, and records all safety operations, providing full traceability.


  • Points Converter: allows the automation and remote operation of any traditional manual points/switches and rail road crossings.


Joining Sentric will give us new opportunities to develop our technology offerings and expand our international reach, to protect even more rail workers, and to further increase safety, productivity and reliability for rail network operators,” says Gemma Houghton, Head of Sales, Zonegreen.


The benefits of logistics automation for transport companies

The benefits of automation for logistics companies are a huge subject and challenge for companies in the industry.

Employee, customer, and infrastructure safety are among the most important aspects of a Safety Manager, Head of Safety, or EHS Manager’s job. This is even more true when it comes to transportation and storage. One way to achieve this is through automation of processes within the company.

In this article, we will explore the benefits of automation for transportation companies. Specifically, we will discuss how automation can improve safety, increase efficiency, and reduce costs.

We will start with an overview of the current state of automation in the transportation industry. Then, we will dive into specific automation technologies and their potential benefits.

Finally, we will see how these technologies can be beneficial for transportation companies.


The common state of automation in the transport industry. 


Automation of processes has become an increasingly important topic in the transportation industry in recent years.

Transportation companies are constantly looking for ways to improve their efficiency, reduce costs, and ensure the safety of their employees and customers. Technological advancements have enabled the development of new automation solutions that meet these needs.

However, it is important to note that automation of processes in the transportation industry can take various forms, from GPS tracking systems for trucks and trailers to automated inventory management systems for warehouses and route planning systems for delivery drivers.

Additionally, it is interesting to see how transportation companies use these technologies to improve their performance, such as using GPS tracking systems to optimize route planning or using robots and drones to automate warehouse management. Overall, automation of processes has become a key element for transportation companies looking to improve their performance, reduce costs and ensure the safety of their employees.

It’s even more crucial for the companies to stay informed of the latest trends and automation technologies. Through the examples of leading companies mentioned, we see that they have seized the opportunity created by automation in transportation by being pioneers in its implementation and use, in order to improve their operational performance.


Automation approach and their potential benefits 


Now let’s take a look at the potential benefits generated by automating processes. Among them, we can see the improvement of security, the increase in efficiency and the reduction of costs. And for good reason, logistics companies that adopt automation technologies, such as automated handling robots, real-time order tracking systems and automatic tour planning systems, can achieve significant savings while improving the safety and quality of their operations.

For example, the use of automated handling robots contributes to the reduction of injury risks for workers and increases productivity, while increasing the frequency and speed of goods movement. As for real-time order tracking systems, they offer better visibility of stocks and goods flows, allowing for more efficient planning and cost reduction. We should not forget the role of automatic tour planning systems, which are used to optimize delivery routes and reduce energy costs (fuel).

As a result, many companies have already understood the advantages they can gain from implementing such technologies.

At DHL Supply Chain, this is materialized by the use of automated handling robots, thus improving productivity and drastically reducing costs in their distribution centers.

On the side of XPO Logistics, automation is manifested in automatic planning systems, thus optimizing delivery routes.

As for GEODIS, DB Schenker and Kuehne+Nagel, it is through real-time order tracking, thus providing better visibility of stocks and goods flows.

In fact, automation technologies have many potential benefits for logistics companies, whether it be the improvement of security, the increase in efficiency and the reduction of costs. As a result, companies looking to improve their operational performance should consider implementing these technologies.




In conclusion, it is undeniable that the automation of logistics processes brings many benefits to transportation companies. Between the improvement of safety, the increase in efficiency and the reduction of costs, automation technologies have become essential in the logistics sector.

Since the 2000s, we have witnessed a real revolution in this field, with the emergence of new technologies such as robotics, AI, and drones.

For transportation companies that want to implement automation technologies, it is important to remember that these changes do not happen overnight. It is important to properly evaluate the company’s needs and plan investments accordingly. It is also essential to train employees on new technologies for a smooth transition.


Many solutions on the market provide data before and after the goods have reached the loading bay. What about the processes that take place between these two periods? Have a look at the Salvo InSite solution, which might provide more information on those crucial operations taking place between loading and unloading.

Companies that successfully integrate automation into their logistics process are the ones that stand out from the competition. This then results in a competitive advantage that is difficult to compensate for if best practices are adopted late.


Protecting the Precast Concrete Industry with Safety Solutions that Withstand the Harshest Environments

Did you know that electrical and struck-by incidents are rated the TOP FOUR DEADLIEST hazards in the construction industry per OSHA?

Working in the concrete industry introduces safety hazards that place workers in danger and put their lives at risk.  Safety solutions must be robust enough to withstand the harsh environment of the precast manufacturing plants.  To ensure worker safety throughout the cement manufacturing process, there are several applications where the robust trapped key interlock products from KIRK can be implemented and you can be assured that the products will perform through the test of time.  

Did you also know that 18% of worker fatalities are within the construction industry? 

There are several maintenance & operation applications that require power to be properly isolated and safeguarded to ensure safe access only once hazards have been eliminated. Electrical and stuck-by hazards can be mitigated by implementing a trapped key interlock solution by driving a pre-determined sequence of operations that isolates power and guards against areas that may contain energized equipment and moving cranes and or product. 

Eliminating the TOP FOUR would save 500 lives in America every year! (Top Four: Falls, Struck-by, Electrocutions, Caught-in/between)

While LOTO provides a visual warning and identifies hazards, a trapped key interlock safety solution physically prevents a specific set of actions from being performed until previous action(s) have been fully completed! This Precast Concrete series will discuss hazards within specific applications and how trapped key interlock solutions can prevent injury and ensure that there is NO COMPROMISE ON SAFETY!   

Download the pdf version of the Precast Concrete Application Series focusing on how trapped key interlocking solutions can help mitigate human error, eliminate risks and prevent injuries within a block & tile production cell. 


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How to Prevent Tanker Pull-Aways at Gangway Loading Platform

What is a gangway loading platform?

Industries such as oil & gas, food & beverage, chemical, and agriculture require goods to be transported by tanker truck. Commonly, these vehicles carry granular or liquid goods like fuel, flour, sugar, or plastics. These types of goods require specialized procedures to unload and load their goods.

When a tanker truck has reached its destination, it enters the unloading/ loading area of a facility where hoses and or pumps are connected to the tank to unload or load the goods. It is common that tanker personnel will need to gain access to the top of the tank to allow for ventilation or attach hoses/pumps to begin the loading/unloading process. Many facilities have permanent or semi-permanent elevated loading platforms or gangway systems that allow authorized tanker personnel to safely access the top of the tanks.

Why is preventing pull-aways important?

While gangway platforms offer personnel ease of access, they also pose some risk.  Property damage can occur when a tanker believes that the loading or unloading process is complete and begins to pull away from the loading site as its hoses/pumps are still connected. As a result, the gangway and other equipment could become damaged.

Not only is equipment and property damaged when the tanker pulls away from the gangway, but personnel is also at risk of injury or even death. The US OSHA 1910.28 standard requires fall protection devices such as a guardrail, safety net, or personal fall protection systems to be in use if an employee could fall more than 4 feet or more from an opening. While most gangways or loading platforms meet this standard by using guardrails, accidents can still occur.

In addition, it is common for tanker trucks to carry flammable or corrosive liquids which makes the safe loading/unloading of this material imperative for both the personnel and facility.

How to prevent tanker pull-aways

Be proactive

The first step in preventing pull-aways at gangways systems is to be proactive. Don’t wait until a tanker has pulled away during the unloading/loading process and has caused equipment damage, product loss, or an injury before looking to prevent this type of occurrence.

Mitigate the risk

Mitigate the risk of a pull-away from occurring by installing the necessary equipment on the gangway system to prevent any accidents from occurring. Railings, communication systems, and interlocks are all examples of equipment that can greatly reduce risks.

Ensure clear communication

Communication is essential for a safe loading or unloading process to take place. Ensure tanker drivers and loading personnel can clearly and effectively communicate with each other throughout the entire process.

Force a sequential process

By forcing a step by step loading procedure, loading operations can be carried out safely without damage to personal or equipment. One way to force a sequential loading process to be followed is through an interlocking safety system. These systems can ensure that tankers cannot pull away from gangway loading structures while loading is taking place due to the forced sequential process these interlocks require.


While tankers are a critical part of many industries supply chains, they can pose some risks to facilities, equipment, and personnel during the loading/unloading process. Tankers can pull away from gangway loading platforms with hoses and pumps still attached potentially causing a dangerous situation. Pull-aways can be prevented by being proactive, mitigating the risk, ensuring clear communication between the tanker driver and loader, and forcing a sequential process to occur that eliminates the risk of a pull-away.

Facilities that frequently use gangway loading platforms to unload or load tankers should take the necessary steps to ensure operations are safe, product loss is avoided, and equipment is protected.

Maximize the safety of your employees by implementing the NEW Type DS access interlock

Maximize the safety of your employees by implementing the NEW Type DS access interlock 

When it comes to safety, the best thing you can do is ensure that your access control meets or exceeds the necessary requirements The Type DS interlock within a trapped key solution will mitigate risks caused by improper power isolation and inadequate safety measures, meant to prevent incidents such as being struck by equipment. With the Type DS, customers will have a high-level safety solution against accidents in their workplace environment and can rest assured their personnel and equipment are safe. 

What are the benefits of the Type DS access Interlock? 

A trapped key solution with the Type DS will protect the integrity of operation procedures. The product has been designed to provide additional mounting flexibility and safety features. Its’ slim footprint offers vertical and reverses mounting capabilities with a robust actuator. 

The Type DS is modular in design providing additional options for a complete safety solution.  An integrated forced key removal latch on the multiple cylinder Type DS has been added to ensure the personnel key is released and with personnel prior to the and allowing entry into the work cell. 

Implementing the new Type DS access interlock into a comprehensive trapped key safety solution will mitigate risks that can occur due to improper power isolation, inadequate access control, and entrapment incidents. The Type DS and its’ corresponding interlock components enforce the integrity of operational safety procedures within a customized safety solution that will ensure everyone has the right to be safe at work!  

How does DS access Interlock protect against incidents? 

The left or right vertical mounting mechanism has a slim design that mounts vertically on machine guarding frames & gates. The forced key removal ensures personnel remove the released key, maximizing interlock solution procedures.  

Our trapped key solutions are customized to meet your safety process needs; the DS interlock product is modular and can be configured in various ways for your industry or organization. Our team is prepared to work with you on the design of a solution that’s right for your safety procedures and efficiency. 

To learn more please access our website product by this link: or contact one of our experts via: 



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We are Sentric Group


We are proud to announce that we have become a part of the Sentric Group.

The Sentric Group is a collection of sister companies representing the successful collaboration between Castell, Kirk and STI,  under Halma plc. Through Sentric, we unite the world’s leading brands to create the long-term protection of people, productivity and business reputation.   

Sentric’s mission is “to unite the world’s leading brands, innovations, and experts to protect people in the workplace by mitigating risks caused by human error. It’s why all our businesses are 100% committed to creating uncompromising safety solutions with end users in mind.”  

Our aim is to unlock the potential of a global brand with our customers and provide opportunities for all of us as we passionately focus on delivering our shared purpose.  

At Sentric, we believe there is no place for compromise when it comes to ensuring safety in harsh and safety critical work environments. We combine our ethos of making absolutely no compromises on safety with our in-house capabilities to develop and tailor products and solutions that are not only built to last but can meet our client’s unique challenges.  


Each of our brands have been trusted experts for over a century and are now united under Sentric with a shared Purpose, Vision, Mission and Values. It brings clarity and direction to everything we do, enabling us to communicate clearly to our employees, customers and stakeholders alike who we are, what we do and how we do it. It set a clear direction for product development and innovation, enabling us to take advantage of talent across our business as well as partner with experts to get fast access to technology.  


We believe there is no place for compromise when it comes to ensuring safety in harsh and safety-critical work environments. 


To learn more about Sentric, please visit the website: 


The Importance of a Secure Loading Dock Environment

The Importance of a Secure Loading Dock Environment 

Loading Dock Security can be critical to the goods manufactured, sorted, or stored at a facility. It is especially important for facilities within the industries of Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical. These industries are responsible for providing goods to consumers that could be critical to their wellbeing and are required to be safe for consumption. If their goods were to be compromised it could result in serious health implications for individuals and even potential death.  

Therefore, protecting and securing the goods transported at the loading dock is of the utmost importance to safely deliver goods of high quality to consumers.  


The Loading Dock 

loading dock for industries

The loading dock is an influential piece of every company transporting goods to consumers, distributors or end users that connects the inside workings of a facility to the outside world. It is important that the loading dock is a secure as possible to prevent serious events from occurring that could impact not only the company but individuals’ health and safety.  






Cargo Theft 

Unfortunately, stealing cargo through an unsecure loading dock is a somewhat common event and can have a large impact on costs & profits. Worldwide, the direct cost of cargo theft exceeds $30 billion annually with indirect costs many times higher. (Ciso-Eagle 

Stolen pharmaceuticals specifically offer an extreme risk to both the company and the public. Many times, stolen drugs end up listed online on internet domains owned by criminal networks. Consumers may look to buy their prescriptions online which in some instances causes major risk. These stolen drugs are most often not stored properly under the necessary conditions needed to protect the medication. In other instances, stolen drugs may have been altered and contain hazardous substances.  The stolen now “diverted” drugs not only put consumers at risk but also have major implications on the pharmaceutical brands image and reputation. (NCBI) 


Spoiled Goods   

Many goods and products, especially within the Food & Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries, are required to be stored within temperature-controlled environments. The quality of the food, beverage, or drug could be compromised if specific environmental temperature conditions are not met. It is crucial that air cooled or heated to a specific temperature to maintain the quality of the goods or products produces, sorted, or stored on site is not affected by opening and closing of the loading dock door.  

If the loading dock door is not secure and can be tampered with, it could alter the controlled temperature of the internal environment.  If the temperature is unknowingly altered, a facility could potentially incur thousands in costs within a mater of minutes.  

Costs can incur from spoiled and wasted goods and energy costs generated by the altered heated or cool air entering or leaving the facility. A change in temperature can cause bacteria to form, making the food no longer safe to eat.  


Debris and Outside Elements 

The loading dock connects the inside of the facility to the outdoor environment and elements. To mitigate the risk of rain, snow, dust, and insects from entering the openings at the loading dock, most docks are equipped with seals and shelters to help protect from the outside elements. Although the risk is mitigated with these types of solutions, they do not eliminate debris completely entering the facility. These debris have the potential to contaminate goods inside the facility and force companies to throw out affected goods. This in turn can cost companies thousands and even millions in lost product and time spent removing debris or outside elements that have made their way inside the facility.  


Securing the Loading Dock to Reduce the Risk  

It is important to properly secure the loading dock to reduce the risk of cargo theft, spoiled goods, and contamination. As mentioned previously, dock seals and shelters are a great way to protect your dock from these risks. Another way to secure your loading dock is ensuring that the dock door is closed when not in use. Some loading dock safety systems prevent the door from being opened unless a trailer is at the dock ready to be loaded or unloaded. This ensures the loading dock is safe, secure and that goods are protected.  

No matter how facilities choose to secure their loading dock it is critical to ensure the quality and safety of the goods manufactured, sorted, or stored as it can have massive implications on the public’s health & safety if not secured properly.  


Boiler Plate 

Kirk Key Interlock believes everyone has the right to be safe at work. We protect people and assets within the energy, industry, and logistics sectors. Our logistics solution, Salvo Loading Dock Safety System is a safe, secure, and simple solution that prevents accidental drive-aways at the loading dock. The safety solution interlocks the trailers airbrakes with the dock door, only allowing the dock door to open once that trailer is locked out and secured.  

For more information on Salvo Loading Dock Safety Systems email a loading dock safety expert at