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SEASON'S GREETINGS FROM AROUND THE WORLD | MISSISSAUGA | HAMILTON

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From the entire team at Wilcox, We'd like to wish you a Very Merry Christmas, the Happiest of Holidays & All the Best in the New Year! From Wilcox and around the world:

5T CRANE GEARBOX REPAIR, HAMILTON | CASE STUDY

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Our Hamilton team repaired a 5T crane gearbox that was leaking oil. A new gasket, seals & shaft were made.. Back in service!



Do you have questions or concerns about a piece of equipment that's not functioning quite right? We're here to help. Contact us today 905-523-7727

15" CONE THREADED IDLER WHEEL, MANITOBA | CASE STUDY

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This 15" threaded idler wheel with no sprocket was fabricated for a 1965 year old crane in a generating station.

Located on a hydro-electric dam on Winnipeg River, the crane is used inside to raise and lower the turbine in the cavity pit in order to regulate water flow.



Questions regarding overhead cranes and how they could help improve your material-transportation? Contact our Richards-Wilcox Crane division in Hamilton at 905-527-7727

HOIST - SHEAVE FABRICATION, HAMILTON | CASE STUDY

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This fabrication comes to us from our Hamilton Cranes Parts and Service Manager, Ida. Compensating sheaves were created for a material-handling company in Memramcook, New Brunswick.

A sheave is a pulley with a grooved wheel designed to hold a belt, wire rope or rope. The grooved wheel spins inside the frame, allowing the wire or rope to move freely and minimize wear and/or abrasion on the cable itself.

These sheaves were designed for a 1/2" groove rope and 16" diameter with 5.5" bore. For more material-handling solutions, visit our website or contact a Wilcox Representative at 905-274-5850.

FREE-STANDING MONORAIL, BURLINGTON | CASE STUDY

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Material-Handling at it's finest
This Burlington facility was in need of a device that would help to lift large, heavy sacks of potatoes overtop of the hoppers in order to be emptied.
Our solution was to install a free-standing Monorail.

Do you face materials-handling issues at your facility? Contact our Hamilton division at 905-523-7727 for solutions that are sure to increase efficiency.

MARCH OF DIMES, EDIT EXHIBIT | WILCOX VOLUNTEER, TORONTO

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Making the Inaccessible, Accessible
We're proud to introduce this month's volunteer, Tom Cunningham, our Business Development Coordinator.
Tom chose to volunteer at this year's Edit: Design Expo in support of March of Dimes; "programs and services to maximize the independence and community participation of children & adults with disabilities." But why did he choose to support this cause? "Tom Cunningham (too tall) as he is affectionately known, was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) from his jaw to his toes at the age of 5. Forty-nine years later, he has been hospitalized about 40 times and had 4 hips, 4 knees and 2 shoulders replaced. Tom endures constant, chronic pain in 3 to 6 joints at all times, ranging in severity from day to day achiness." For over 65 years, March of Dimes has provided services from the medically-fragile, to seniors, families, caregivers, employers and health insurance companies. As you can imagine, Tom must overcom…

1962 MULTI-PLEX DOOR REPAIR, HAMILTON | CASE STUDY

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It's seen better days..
This Multi-Plex was in rough shape and it was up to Josh, Ilija and Justin to bring it back to life. Originally fabricated and installed in 1962, the bottom section of the blade had rotted due to the harsh environment it was in.




Thankfully, this door was able to be repaired, rather than replaced, cutting back on the cost significantly. Custom metal was formed and sheeting was fabricated.




Furthermore, the inside of the door was rubberized and undercoated to help prevent rusting and a new coat of green paint was added to the exterior.



Do you have obvious damage on your doors that you've been ignoring for years? As it may not seem to be causing any inefficiencies at this time, damages typically grow the longer they're left alone. It's like a toothache that you keep ignoring until it causes an infection, or worse! Call us today for an on-site inspection. No teeth-pulling, just a friendly check-up!

DIRECT SAFE DRIVE OPERATOR | DOWNTOWN PORSCHE, TORONTO | CASE STUDY

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Slow and Steady does not win the race.
Due to how busy Downtown Porsche is, this door was reaching it's spring life once or twice per year! Our solution involved installing a direct safe drive (spring-less) operator to reduce future service costs and increase the speed and efficiency of the door. Additional details include: Wireless Safety EdgeDigital Overhead Control Panel with L.E.D. display6' Light Curtain mounted inside the tracks (acts as a secondary safety device for any object left within the doorway).Nylon RollersNon-Rotating 3/16 Cables


An Enbridge rebate of just over $1000 was given for this door's efficiency upgrade. Also, instead of consistently replacing the springs, they can expect their return on investment (ROI) in just over TWO years!

MAN DOOR UPGRADE, TORONTO | CASE STUDY

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Entrance Upgrade
This wooden Man Door was upgraded to an aluminum glass door and finished with cladding. Although it served it's purpose, it needed more functional hardware and security features.


Style and Functionality
Along with an added curb appeal, panic hardware and an electric strike were installed for card access and security control.

EDGE OF DOCK LEVELER, STONEY CREEK | CASE STUDY

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I need to improve my building's efficiency but I don't own it...
Do you operate your business out of a rental unit? So does this client. He required a dock leveler but had concerns of investing into a building he didn't own. What if he re-located? What would happen to this investment?

The solution was to install an Edge of Dock Leveler which could be removed. These units typically have capacities of anywhere between 20,000 and 50,000 lbs.

Do these blocks look familiar? These are known as Dock Bumpers, typically installed against the existing building structure. In this case, Block Risers (grey square unit) help to align the bumpers directly with the leveler.

What types of challenges do you face in a rental unit? Does your work efficiency lack without proper equipment? Comment below!

TRACTOR TRAILER PREDADOOR NXT, ETOBICOKE | CASE STUDY

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Any Application, Any Purpose
Thisfood distribution centre had been using a tractor trailer as extra storage space. However, the food needed to be temperature controlled.

The solution was to install a 74"w x 84"h Rytec PredaDoor NXT inside the tractor trailer. A steel door frame had to be constructed along with a pair of track guards on each side of the door. Further specs include an AC drive motor, dynamic breaking and a dual-chamber auto-reversing soft touch edge.

36" bollards were also installed to prevent any impacts to the inside and outside of the door frame. The door itself can withstand impacts, however, safety features are in place to prevent the door from closing on anyone or anything. This includes a dual chamber, auto-reversing soft tough edge, Pathwatch Safety System and 2 sets of photo cells.


All in all, this permanent trailer is now a fully-functioning cold-storage room for produce.
What makes your warehouse unique? Comment below!

WAREHOUSE HAZARD AWARENESS AND PREVENTION | GTA

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Help prevent injuries and workplace hazards 
Did you know that there were 34 loading dock injury/fatality incidents reported between February 2016 and April 2017? Reference: Ministry of Labour With proper safety measures in place including the correct installation of equipment, training and overall awareness, most injuries and hazards can be prevented. Some general hazards that warehouse workers are typically exposed to include: Storage and Racking Systemslift trucks damaging the racks or causing the unit to collapse;material falling due to improper installation or floor vibration.Loading and Unloading Areaspinning between forklifts or between the loading dock and trailer;being struck by falling items, dock plates or the truck itself.Slips, Trips and Fallsslippery surfaces including oil or grease and snow or ice;changes in walkway levels, slopes, unsecured mats, items stored in walkways;poor lighting, trailing cables in walkways, smoke, steam or dust obscuring view. Reference: Ministry of …

OVERHEAD DOOR DROP STOP DEVICE, HAMILTON | CASE STUDY

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Safety First, Folks!
We can't stress enough that Overhead Doors are not intended for personnel use. This customer had safety concerns of the door coming down and injuring an employee if they happen to walk through the doorway. However, this door was too old for add-on brakes and needed a custom stop device.


Custom-built extended handles were welded to the door frame with a bar that protruded into the opening, preventing the door from coming down when fully opened.


In Wilcox fashion, we went one step further by attaching limit switches to the handles. When they are in the engaged position, the limit cuts power off to the operator. Even if someone pushes the close button, the door will remain in the open position.

Experiencing issues in your facility that affect efficiency? Contact us to develop a solution that may not always involve complete equipment replacement.

Wilcox Celebrates 105 Years in Business and Canada's 150th!

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We are Canadian! ... The Wilcox Way Wilcox Door Service Inc., established in 1912, is the oldest and largest door company in Canada. This year, we celebrate 105 years of business alongside Canada's 150th anniversary! Click to see how we've developed over the years. We're also extremely proud to be Canadian and Aboriginally-owned. As such, we are proud to be part of CCAB and CAMSC to promote Minority and Aboriginal business relations.


Improving our Work Space Our first line of business was to ensure an open-concept office where communication between departments was encouraged. However, it was looking a little glum. We needed to do something to heighten office morale and showcase the true Wilcox spirit..

What's more "Wilcox" than a little orange and some treats as sweet as our staff? Not much at all! Keep scrolling and you'll find that in updating our office, we proudly displayed our history and values as a reminder of what made Wilcox an industrial leader.
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