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How to know when you need a high speed door

Have you ever explored the option of high speed doors, but wondered whether you really needed them? You might have liked the idea of a super fast roller door letting your forklifts operate in turbo mode, but didn’t know if you could justify the investment. The truth is, (though we don’t like to admit it), not every facility needs one. Not all operations are big enough, or of a manner in which a fast, flexible, rapid roller door is needed, that can accommodate large amounts of traffic while maintaining a constant barrier against temperature loss and dust transfer.

Hence why, we’ve come up with a few key considerations when deciding whether a high speed door is right for you, that should assist you in determining whether the goals achieved will be enough to justify your investment. Our philosophy is, if you really need a high speed roller door, the ROI will outweigh the initial investment costs in the long run.

 

1. You’re struggling to maintain a consistent temperature in your facility

High speed door opening reduce air loss

If you’re a food-processing facility, fruit & veg grower, or a cold-storage facility, you most likely have temperature-controlled areas within your facility to keep the food products fresh, prevent bacteria growth, and meet food safe requirements. However certain manufacturing operations also require temperature consistency for areas of production, or even merely for ergonomics and employee comfortability purposes.

If you find that its not possible to keep a roller shutter closed throughout the day, and your doorways are constantly losing temperature, you definitely need to look into installing a rapid roller door on those openings.

 

2. Your energy consumption costs are through the roof

Losing money through energy consumption

Leading on from point number one, trying to lower energy consumption when you’re losing air through your doorways is fighting an uphill battle. If you’re not only struggling to maintain a consistent temperature within areas of your facility, but your energy costs are compounding while doing so, high speed doors are the answer.

Particularly when fitted with remote activation devices, rapid roller doors will allow constant forklift traffic, whilst quickly closing upon egress, significantly minimising the amount of air loss through the doorway, and lowering the amount of energy required to maintain that consistent temperature.

In fact, we’ve developed an energy calculator reporting tool, that will actually tell you the annual cost of your current opening, and compare those costs to savings you’d receive if the opening had a Movidor high speed door. You decide if its worth the investment!

 

3. Your warehouse is filling up with dust (and it bothers you)

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“And it bothers you” being the operative phrase. Some companies can leave their doors open all day and their warehouse fills up with dust, (or it doesn’t!) but it doesn’t affect operations, or product quality.

However, if you live in a particularly dusty environment and your warehouse contents is hindered by dust build-up, you might want to investigate options to reduce dust in your factory. High speed doors offer a full seal against dust, and the specification can be altered to include full-surround brush seals to prevent those sneeze-inducing dust particles from entering.

 

3. You cant keep birds and pests out of the factory

Prevent birds from entering warehouse

If your doors are open all day, there’s a good chance some pigeons will take the opportunity to build a beautiful life together in your rafters. Not good for production, for hygiene, or for employee sanity. If you’re struggling against the birds, mice or elephants entering through your open doorways, it would make sense to invest in a door solution that will prevent pests from entering – high speed doors.

 

However, here’s when you probably don’t need a high speed door.

  • You only have one access point to your factory and you don’t have a great lot of traffic through your doorways
  • Your roller doors can stay open all day without causing any problems,
  • Your facility and product/service isn’t affected by temperature variation or dust.

 

We’d hate to see you go, but our team would probably explain to you (tears in eyes) that it just isn’t worth investing in a high traffic, rapid roller door solution.

Mind you, we dont mind suggesting to you, that your doors are more important than you think. How fast they open, or the time they stay closed, are measures of productivity and efficiency for almost any business. If you accidentally hit them during movements through the opening, the downtime and cost of repair can be significant. In openings where traffic enters or exits by the minute and by the hour, the open-close cycle can impact the operational costs of the building, the maintenance required for the doors and your carbon footprint.
 
It is precisely for these considerations that door selection is critical. We’re in the business of managing these considerations, through doorway solutions you can trust. So if its not going to be a rapid door for you this time, talk to us about your door control situation anyway -you'll be surprised with what else we might have up our sleeves!

Any of the above resonate with you? Call our office on 1800 010 221 or send an email to info@remaxdoors.com  and let’s have a chat, to see whether these doors would be right for you. Or not!

 


 *All content provided on this blog is for informational purposes only. The owner of this blog makes no representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any information on this site or found by following any link on this site. 

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Topics: Movidor Rapid Roll Doors, high speed doors, warehouse efficiency, temperature control, dust control, consistent temperatures

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