Stay frosty. Cold storage solutions
01 October 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201916324
WITH climate temperatures rising, it is now more important than ever for companies in the cold chain industry to employ the latest innovations in industrial doors and dock loading equipment.
That’s according to Bram Janssen, Managing Director of Maxiflex, who added, “Our comprehensive range of door and dock loading solutions has been designed and developed to comply with both international specifications as well as the stringent requirements of cold rooms and cold storage and logistics facilities,” notes “.
Key features of the company’s door offerings - such as insulation and seals that prevent air exchange around the door, in between the door panels and around the dock leveler - contribute to optimal door performance. It also provides high-speed freezer and insulated sectional doors, amongst other products, from Assa Abloy.
According to Janssen, these high-speed freezer doors offer prime sealing capabilities, opening and closing speeds of up to 2,4 m/s as well as higher cycles (>100/hour). Set to open every 20-25 minutes to thwart ice build-up on the curtain and side-guides, they also enable proficient traffic flow and diminish temperature variations for regular interior climate control.
These reduced costs and enhanced efficiencies result in lowest total cost of ownership and improved return on investment for customers, he said.
Another product, insulated sectional doors, promise simple and quick operation, reducing opening times and subsequently cold air losses. By functioning efficiently with less wear and tear, these correctly balanced, electrically operated doors also contribute to the decrease of damages caused by negligent operation, he said.
“Alongside effective sealing, it is vital that customers also take into account the speed and efficiency of the loading and unloading process when deciding on a dock loading solution. Our dock leveller and docking accessories including cushion seals and shelters are specially designed to fit snugly around the truck to prevent loss of cold air from the building during the loading and unloading process.”
The company offers both air-powered and hydraulically operated dock levellers. “With the loading and unloading process centred on speed, efficiency and safety, hydraulic dock levellers are the perfect fit for cold storage applications. Fitted with standard, integrated stop-valves in the cylinders, these units will not fall in the event of a truck accidentally driving or rolling away during the loading and unloading process. Fewer parts underneath the dock leveller not only reduce maintenance but also make it easier to see and clean dirt and debris, thereby improving hygiene standards.”
Rounding off Maxiflex’s cold storage product range are loadhouses, complete separate loading platforms that comprise a leveller, shelter and door. Positioned on the outside of the building, these loading bay units are closed by a well-insulated and sealed sectional door, limiting the amount of air exchange during the loading process. In addition to maximising space in the warehouse, the exterior placement of the leveller improves hygiene by preventing the ingress of dirt and pests into the building.