Pitfalls to avoid when choosing a high-speed door

30 January 2020 | Web Article Number: ME202017686

Transport, Distribution & Logistics

SELECTING a high-speed door is not all that simple. It requires significant product and applications knowledge to ensure the appropriate solution is chosen for a specific operation.

That’s according to Wim Dessing, Sales Executive at Apex Strip Curtains, who cautioned that incorrect selection can impact on the efficiency of an operation and lead to additional costs being incurred.

“Factors such as size of opening, frequency of opening and closing and the volume of vehicular traffic must be taken into consideration. Purchasing a high-speed door is not about selecting something from a catalogue during a quick office meeting. It is essential that a company with the correct level of knowledge does a comprehensive application-specific assessment and then presents the best overall solution.”

One of the most important aspects when it comes to efficient operation in a manufacturing or warehousing facility is consistent performance of equipment and utilities, and this is true of high-speed doors.

“The fast opening and closing action of the Apex high speed door not only improves productivity levels, but also enhances supply chain activities. These doors do not hinder personnel, forklift or vehicular traffic and, depending on the actual operation, can be either automatically or manually controlled.”

Dessing said that, in addition to selecting an appropriate high-speed door solution, it is also essential to deal with a company whose products are manufactured according to high quality standards and will stand the test of time.

“Apex Strip Curtains undertakes thorough quality testing of all working components of the high-speed doors it supplies and this ensures complete customer reassurance.”

He added that the electronic units of the Traffic and Sector high speed doors, which form part of the company’s range of solutions, comply with all IEC regulations and can be activated by any type of remote control equipment including photocells, pressure sensitive mats, movement detectors or induction loops. The counterweight balancing system is designed for high standards of performance and safety as well as fast semi-automatic reopening. The built-in automation unit protects the components from wear caused by the elements.

For the safety conscious business, the high-speed doors available from Apex Strip Curtains feature a proximity sensor. This ensures that these doors will not accidentally close while a vehicle or person is positioned in the open doorway.

In instances where doors need to be opened for short periods of time to allow the passage of vehicles, the Apex Traffic high speed door is the best option. This door is ideally suited to outdoor access applications in shipment areas and warehouses. Available in sizes up to 8 000 mm wide and 8 500 mm high, the door is a robust and aesthetically pleasing solution for medium and large entrances.

Dessing said the door can resist winds of up to 50 km/h. A custom model which can withstand winds up to 90 km/h is also available. “In addition, the material of construction is a strong self-extinguishing Class 2 fabric with excellent thermal insulation properties and the supporting structure is made from high quality galvanised steel.”

Where visibility is an issue, vision windows can be incorporated into the panels.

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