Grape producer benefits from high speed rapid doors
The Natale family has produced table grapes in the Robinvale district since 1969, when they started with 15 hectares of land. In 1997 the Natale brothers purchased another 15 hectares, and since then have steadily grown their vineyard, facility and operations.
With many years of experience and hard work, each generation has evolved to ensure they are always ahead of the game in the competitive marketplace - all while retaining a consistent commitment to providing the best taste and quality in their fruit.
In early 2019, A&A Natale upgraded their business yet again through building a new facility, which would include the provision of two internal door solutions by Remax.
Client: A&A Natale
Location: Robinvale, VIC
Scope of Works
Consultancy and Planning
Made to Measure Components
Delivery and Installation
High Speed Rapid Doors
Fruit & Veg Growers
In Australia, the grape picking season usually centres around late December to April. Since Natale are based in northern Victoria, where summers can regularly exceed temperatures of 45 degrees celsius, temperature control is paramount in a food-processing facility. Throughout the day, forklifts load grapes into the coolrooms, which are designed to then slowly bring the fruit down to the correct temperature to preserve it. Traditionally, sliding doors were used in coolrooms, opening for extended periods of time to permit forklifts to enter. Yet this solution has been proven to result in massive energy loss, and a reduction in the ability to effectively cool down the overall room and the fruit within.
With high levels of forklift traffic moving in and out of different areas in the facility, high speed doors were an ideal solution. They allow for constant traffic without compromising the room's cooling.
Rapid doors provide temperature control
Two identical Movidor HS35 doors were installed in separate coolrooms of the vineyard packing facility. The rapid doors provide constant access to an adjoining open room outside, without compromising the temperature of the building envelope. Two 3000 x 3000 openings were constructed in a new building by the Swan Hill based Entegra group.
Fitted with a standard push-button assembly for activation, as well as a pair of integrated Falcon radar assemblies, the doors detect forklifts and their grape pallets. They open to allow the traffic through, and close quickly behind the forklifts, minimising the airflow between the openings, and reducing the impact on the overall building temperature.
Falcon radars are configured around movement, and are designed to detect motion within a set perimeter of up to 8 metres of the door opening, depending on how the customer specifies commissioning. This then sends a signal to the controller unit operating the Movidor rapid door, which sends the curtain up and back down when the opening is clear of any movement.
Improving traffic efficiency without compromising on safety
With a four-piece integrated traffic light system, rapid doors maintain their speed and traffic flow efficiency without compromising on safety. The LED lightstrips run blue while the door is closed, and turn red when the door is opening and closing. When the door is fully open the lights turn green. These lights are recessed into the door guides, and are visible from both sides of the opening. A single level of clear windows in the curtain also provides visibility for oncoming traffic.
To protect the edge of the opening, and the tracks of the doors, a total of eight bollards were also fitted, two on either side of each opening. This now prevents any forklifts from impacting the sides of the high speed door columns, conducive to the longevity of either door.
To find out more about rapid doors for your food processing facility, contact Remax Doors online or call us on 1800 010 221.
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