Temperature control in workplaces such as workshops and warehouses is commonly very tricky for employers to manage as warehouses and workshops themselves are not exactly made for comfort, more to provide a service such as storage, distribution, manufacturing or vehicle servicing etc.
Not only is temperature control important for staff safety and comfort which could improve their efficiency at work and general happiness, but warehouses and the manufacturing and automotive industry in particular has a number of hazardous substances and processes which affect the air quality and can raise the indoor temperature.
For ventilation purposes, it has been suggested by WorkSafe that “Engine bay doors in vehicle servicing facilities should be fully open at all times. If weather conditions prevent this, the work must be evaluated and tasks such as spray painting, which could result in a build-up of fumes, should be postponed”. On days of extreme heat and cold, its obvious that any amount of air conditioning is going to be difficult to contain when the car bay doors have to be left open.
Large spaces such as warehouses, manufacturing facilities and facilities which need access by large vehicles, will need to have large doors and this in itself makes it difficult to contain indoor temperature. But there are some ways to ensure that:
- Large warehouse doors are not left open longer than they need to be
- Large warehouse Doors are insulated to provide a better work environment inside the warehouse/facility
- Manufacturing facilities maintain temperatures needed to keep fresh produce at the correct temperature before being dispatched.
With all of these factors - good ventilation is absolutely essential in manufacturing and automotive workshops not only for the safety and health of workers but for their comfort. Although if by ventilation, where some workplaces need to have doors open to assist with the ventilation of the area, the comfort of workers starts to deteriorate during periods of extreme heat or cold.
The Crucial Doors Factor
Commonly, steel roller shutters have been installed in warehouses and workshops as they are low cost and big enough to allow for vehicles to come and go throughout the day, but keeping such a large door open throughout the day can become uncomfortable for workers in extreme summer and winter conditions.
We know that steel roller shutters – even when they are kept closed, provide no insulation against outside weather conditions. Steel roller shutters are renowned for absorbing the heat in the summer and transferring the winter chill in the winter, providing no insulation value at all. This may not be a problem for a home garage where we're only there for a few minutes, but for a workplace where staff are expected to work all day, it becomes intolerable when the indoor temperature fluctuates directly in proportion with the sun or winter chill’s effect on the external doors.
The efforts (and costs) of trying to maintain the temperature of these areas with steel roller doors which provide no insulation is painful when the shutters are working against you. With a better insulated option, not only will your staff be happier and more comfortable, but also more likely to work efficiently, whilst saving you costs in heating/cooling.
Compact Sectional Doors are a great alternative to Steel Roller Shutters in this regard. The Compact Aluminium Sectional door is the premier alternative to roller shutters, or conventional sectional doors. The Compact door is a sectional door which needs no intrusive overhead support rails to be attached to the roof structure, and utilises a unique folding action to push the door leaves into a compact space above the doorway.
Compact Sectional Doors have been successfully implemented in various environments including car showrooms, factories and warehouses, cold storage, wash bays, processing lines, emergency department including Ambulance and Fire Department, arenas and pavilions, loading docks, marina's, large agricultural buildings and depot.
Compact Sectional Doors are made bespoke to your environment and entry, in both panel requirements (whether you require panels that are; thermal, PVC, double-glazed acrylate/polycarbonate/reinforced safety glass, mesh) as well as the opening size, from your average garage door opening size to a large warehouse requiring access for heavy machinery and vehicles such as aeroplanes, cranes and Fire Engines - see the Melbourne Market Project where large scale thermal compact doors were installed for access to various fresh food areas by large delivery vehicles.
A huge benefit of the Compact Sectional Door, besides its unique compact nature, is the range of glazing, ventilation, design and locking options available including:
- Full-vision glass panels: panels constructed using aluminium box profiles with section for the filling of your choice.
- Standard colours: Anodised aluminium or a choice of 7 Standard Colours (RAL):
- With full-vision glass panels, you have the following 7 fillings to choose from:
- Double-glazed acrylate (17 mm)
- Double-glazed polycarbonate (17 mm)
- Single-glazed acrylate (4 mm)
- Single-glazed polycarbonate (4 mm)
- Single-glazed reinforced safety glass (4 mm)
- Galvanized casing with mesh measuring 50 x 50 mm (4 mm)
- Insulated sandwich insert panels (17 mm)
- Double-glazed snap-in windows (Insulation value; K = ± 2.8 W/m²K):
- Black plastic casing with double-glazed acrylate.
- Rectangular windows – 680 x 370 mm (w x h, external dimensions)
- Oval windows – 725 x 325 mm (w x h, external dimensions)
- Ventilation (Two options available):
- Ventilation panel 680 x 375 mm (w x h), Anodised aluminium, Net air opening 850 m²
- Ventilation panel 450 x 90 mm (w x h), Black plastic, Net air opening 215 m²
- Locking Options consist of anti-lift protection provided as standard.
- Wicket Door with options such as:
- Panic lock
- KABA lock
- Wicket door with fixed insert panel
- A pass door with galvanised steel casing directly adjacent to the Compact door
- Cylinder lock fitted, with three keys
- Constructed using panels to match the Compact door
- Sandwich panels above pass door installed up to the height of the Compact door as standard
- Door spring
Chief Engineer at Geoffrey Thompson Fruit Packaging in Victoria: "...they [Compact Sectional Doors] met all of my criteria for the installation;
- Good quality components needed for the robust installation.
- Clean lines of the finished product.
- Thermal insulation maintained for the installation.
- Proven product support from a company with a long standing history with Geoffrey Thompsons.
- Operational speeds."
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