How Industrial Doors can Transform Your Business

Many of our clients have given great feedback on their new industrial door installations and the difference they make to a business. Here we list just a few of the great benefits that industrial doors can offer to your company.

Curb appeal

From a purely aesthetic point of view, brand new industrial doors will improve the external and internal appearance of your business premises, adding a fresh and modern feel. Fully customisable to your company’s brand and colours, this gives a great first impression to customers that can only be good for business!

Peace of mind

Modern day industrial door installations offer cutting edge security systems that make your business safer than ever from theft, vandalism and arson. Made with a steel or aluminium lath, manual and electric shutter doors offer a variety of protective curtain slat types, tailor made to the security requirements of your business.

Time saving

The latest industrial door systems use highly efficient mechanisms that can be opened and closed far more quickly than previous models. So a new installation, particularly in a high-traffic area of your business premises, can make your work environment significantly more productive and cost efficient.

Protecting against fire

New industrial doors are now readily available with a number of safety advancements with specialised fire shutters making the spread of a blaze easier to manage than ever before. This not only helps with the containment of fire, but restricts the amount of damage that can be caused if the worst happens.

At UK Rapid Door Systems we manufacture and supply a wide selection of roller shutter doors and other industrial door systems. To find out more about our range and how an installation can benefit your business, please call our friendly team on 0121 5656165.

Is your business protected against fire?

Without upgrades such as fire shutter doors, the damage caused by a blaze can have devastating consequences for businesses of any size.

This can result in the loss of assets, causing serious disruption to the short and long-term operation of a company and having an adverse effect on customers.

Thankfully, advancement in fire prevention methods such as fire doors and shutters mean the spread of fire can be better managed than ever before, whilst legislation surrounding fire prevention continues to improve.

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Here we discuss some key factors for preventing fire on business premises, and precautions to take in case the worst happens.

Fire Safety

Your company is legally obliged to follow health and safety regulations, and fire prevention figures prominently in those guidelines.

Responsibility to adhere to those rules falls to a number of parties including the business owner and the owner/landlord of the premises the company operates from. The business should also have personnel in place to oversee safety on site, such as a Facilities Manager, Building Manager or Risk Assessor.

Assessment and Awareness

To make sure the business and your employees are aware of safety procedure and potential fire hazards, the appointed safety officials should carry out a regular assessment of the premises and review it on a bi-monthly basis.

Once in place, it is the responsibility of all staff to maintain appropriate fire safety measures and to understand and practice the drill in the case of an emergency. Staff should also be provided with information, fire safety instruction and training in relation to fire hazard.

Precautions

When fire does occur, especially outside of business hours, there are now a number of ways to suppress the spread and minimise damage.

Most modern commercial buildings now have sprinkler systems and fire doors installed, but it is the emergence of improved fire shutter doors that now play a leading role in preventing the spread of fire, with insulated fire proof shutter doors capable of withstanding intense heat for up to 4 hours.

Fire shutter doors systems such as our ‘Fire Stopper Insulated Fire shutter’ offer a ground-breaking twin skin steel lath construction that offers up to a 96% radiant reduction. This means that combustible materials can be stored 500mm away from a 1250 °C fire increasing floor space and reducing the risk of fire spread.

If you would like to find out more about protecting your business premises from fire damage, call us today on 0121 565 6165.

Why Choose Us for your Speed Door Solutions

Whether you work in a commercial, industrial or retail environment, the layout and equipment around you will be vital to you getting your job done properly.  Industrial doors are just one consideration to be made and your choice of product could impact upon your overall workflow and efficiency.

Two of the key factors when choosing the most suitable doors for your workplace are speed and energy efficiency.  The speed at which your door can safely open and close and let people and vehicles such as forklifts through is crucial to maintaining a good workflow.  It also has an impact on your energy bills, as doors that are slow to close or left open for long periods of time even during idle periods will let the heat out and the cold in, thus causing you to spend more in maintaining a comfortable working temperature.

At UK Rapid Door Systems we specialise in manufacturing and installing doors that are both fast acting and energy efficient.

We offer a number of speed door solutions for clean rooms, retail premises and cold store applications.

speed door solutionsWhatever your requirements, here are just a few reasons why you should talk to us when choosing your industrial doors:

  • We’ve got over 40 years’ experience in the trade
  • We’re one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and installers of rapid acting doors
  • We use innovative designs that are tailor made for our clients
  • We’ve worked with customers throughout the UK and internationally
  • We manufacture our products in the UK and are proud supporters of UK Manufacturing #ukmfg
  • Our experienced and friendly staff can provide you with advice and guidance to help you choose the best door products for your business.

Why is now a good time to upgrade your industrial doors?

There has never been a better time to increase efficiency and save money.  With the country going to vote this week and Brexit looming, we are hopeful of a surge in UK manufacturing and consumer confidence once everything becomes more settled. This should translate into a busy time for those in retail, warehousing, logistics and manufacturing – sectors that we regularly work with to deliver speed door solutions.

For more information on UK Rapid Door Systems and how we can help your business please call us on 0121 565 6165 or email us here.

 

Counteracting Retail Crime with Retail Security Shutters

Whatever the size of your retail business and irrespective of how long you have been operating, protecting your shop will be a key priority.  Recent research from the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) 2017 Crime Report revealed that crime, such as shop theft, burglary, robbery and violence, cost convenience stores £232m last year.  This equates to an average of more than £4,600 per store.

The report also revealed that retailers were spending around £4000 per year on crime prevention measures including CCTV and security staff.   Whilst these are sensible steps to take, there may be one more important factor that retailers are overlooking – their shutters.

Retail security shutters provide a great first line of defence for your shop, helping to protect your building against forced entry when your shop is closed and thus providing protection for the costly goods you have stored within.

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Shop Security Shutters from UK Rapid Doors

At UK Rapid Doors we manufacture and install a wide range of industrial shutters suitable for retail environments.  The main features of our retail shutters are:

  • Constructed from steel or aluminium lath
  • Manual or electric options available
  • Choice of powder coating in many RAL colours
  • High level of integral strength to prevent forcible entry
  • Varying visual lath types to enhance store visibility
  • 1 year warranty on shutters

Preventing Retail Crime

Whilst the increased investment in preventative measures such as CCTV has increased awareness of the level of crimes, many smaller retailers are still being plagued by repeat thieves, who return to steal items of low value on a regular basis.  Here are some steps you can take to help decrease theft from your store:

  • Increase customer service on the shop floor as thieves find it more difficult to operate in a vigilant environment
  • Report crimes as soon as you can – also find out if you can report crime online in your area as this may act as a deterrent
  • Work with the local police as much as possible

To find out more about having security shutters installed to help protect your retail premises please contact UK Rapid Doors today on 0121 565 6165.

Your Guide to Industrial Doors

Here at UK Rapid Doors, we’re proud to say that we offer a huge range of industrial doors, from Turbo folding doors to insulated dual doors, we can provide an ideal solution. Read on if you want to learn more about our extensive range of doors that we manufacture in-house and supply throughout the UK.

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Turbo Fold High Speed Doors

These doors are fast door systems ideal for busy industrial openings and are idea for reducing heat loss, noise contamination and airborne pollution. Check out this video to see how quickly the doors open and close.

Insulated Dual Doors

As the name suggests, insulated dual doors are perfect for an environment where heat loss needs to be carefully controlled. The high security double skin lath profile provides effective insulation and prevents heat loss, but also acts as an effective level of security. As well as this, it operates at a speed of 800mm to 1000mm per second which means that it’s ideal for areas with high traffic flow and can be opened for the minimal amount of time to prevent heat loss. To see it in action, press play on the video below.

 

Zip Speed Door

Avoid noise contamination, heat loss, airborne pollution and wasting time with the zip speed door. It’s an innovative way and energy saving solution for industrial doors to open and close in high-traffic areas. These doors are ideal for retail sales floors, busy warehouses, clean rooms, cold stores, car wash areas and food preparation units. Check out the video below to see how they work.

Turbo Roller Door

The turbo roller door is a very popular choice. Rather than waiting for a conventional roller shutter, the turbo roller door provides a much faster alternative with great advantages like noise reducing, heat loss and time saving qualities.




As well as the above, we also provide a wide range of other industrial door solutions, including ice freezer doors, clean room high speed doors, fire shutter doors and retail security doors. All our doors are manufactured in the West Midlands and we are able to fast track your order to 5 days.

To discuss your industrial door requirements, call us today on 0121 565 6165 or email us a enquiries@ukrapiddoorsystems.co.uk. Our experienced team of advisors will be happy to talk about devising a bespoke solution.

Key features of the ultimate factory door

As business is becoming more fast-paced, operational processes need to keep up in order for companies to stay competitive. This often means dealing with busy factory environments, where all operations need to run smoothly with minimal downtime and running costs. Surprisingly, something as simple as installing an efficient factory door can improve operational flow whilst generating big long-term savings. When choosing your factory door here are some key factors to consider which will ensure that you choose the best option for your facility.

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Maximising space

How much space do you have? For smaller factory environments, a door with bulky mechanisms, with a surrounding frame and roof, can consume your needed space. Instead a high speed roller or folding factory door can help you make the most of your available room. These doors do not require other structures outside of their frames. Turbo roll and fold doors will simply roll or fold up in their contained door space, improving space efficiency. If you need to consistently provide access for pedestrians, choose an industrial door which can incorporate a sliding gate or wicket gate, as this will offer easier access for foot traffic.

High speed doors

How fast a door acts and recovers from any obstruction is essential for improved workflow. High speed industrial doors are especially beneficial for factories that require vehicle access, to minimise the wait time for drivers and build-up of traffic. The ultimate factory door should be able to operate in seconds, whilst being able to recover its position in one open and closing cycle if dislodged.

Temperature control

An insufficient factory door might tamper with internal conditions, but it can also cost you more in energy consumption. In environments where the temperature must be regulated, a high speed door can improve temperature maintenance by reducing the amount of heat that escapes and the amount of cold air that comes in. An insulated fast-acting door, will further help to block any exterior weather which could impact the inside of your factory, as well as improving energy efficiency. As well as drafts, insulated high speed doors are also useful for preventing dust or vermin from entering the facility.

Security

Industrial doors are built to be highly durable and secure to deter unwanted access. However, for establishments needing extra security, steel or aluminium doors are extremely resilient and can provide optimal protection.

Improving health and safety

Depending on your business, fire safety may be a crucial concern in your factory. Fire shutter doors will reduce radiant heat and the risk of compartmental fire spread. Our ‘fire stopper’ insulated doors use a twin skin steel lath construction that offers up to a 96% radiant reduction. An insulated fire door will help to improve safety for your staff and control damage to your property.

Our versatile, strong and energy-efficient range of industrial doors work innovatively to improve operations in factory settings. Our quality doors effectively control operating atmospheres, temperature, noise or dust and vermin, and are available in a range of RAL colours to suit your corporate identity. To find out more, you can call our team on 0121 565 6165, or email enquiries@ukrapiddoorsystems.co.uk and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

 

Industrial Doors for Effective Winter Energy Saving

During the winter months, many industrial premises will find their energy bills soar, as they battle to maintain a comfortable working environment whilst the temperatures outside drop.

A recent study in the food and drink industry, for example, found that businesses could make energy savings of up to 20% if they addressed problems such as poorly insulated doors and windows and improved overall building energy management.

So, how can your choice of industrial doors help you save money on your winter energy bills?

Making the switch to insulated doors, particularly in areas of high traffic flow and where the outside meets the inside, can save your business money.

These rapid speed industrial doors, such as our insulated dual door, operate at a speed of up to 1000mm per second, thus keeping heat loss to a minimum as doors open and close quickly.

Watch our video below to see our insulated dual door in action:

Not only does the double skin lath on this product enable good heat retention properties, but it also gives you added security – another important factor when choosing your industrial doors.

If you would like to find out more information about our insulated dual doors or the other products we offer that can help your business to become more energy efficient, please speak to the UK Rapid Doors team on 0121 565 6165 or email enquiries@ukrapiddoorsystems.co.uk.

Professional Dugouts For The Mikes’ Players and Officials

The brand new 3G pitch at Boldmere St Michaels Football Club was in for a treat recently as it received brand new professional dugout seats courtesy of UK Rapid Door Systems. The two metal framed seating systems comfortably seats 24 players and officials on the side lines, helping to give the pitch a truly professional finish that many higher league football clubs would be proud of.

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Upon hearing about the huge project taking place at The Mikes, whereby the old, sloping grass pitch was dug up and replaced with a state of the art 3G pitch along with training courts, the team was called upon to design, manufacture and install a comfortable seating system which would be utilised by the home and away team for years to come.

Full standing access is granted under the covered seating area, allowing players and managers to stay warm and dry whilst they prepare for and watch the action on the pitch – something which most footballers will relish during the cold, wet winter months! The pitch side seating area allows the subs to stay involved with the game and motivate them to be ready for action as soon as they are called upon to take up their position.

The first team to make use of the seats were The Mikes Under 11s, as they took on Coldland Colts and beat them 10-1 – a huge congratulations to the boys who have the privilege of using the fantastic new facilities for many years to come.

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Whilst industrial doors are the primary products designed and manufactured by UK Rapid Door Systems, the team are always willing to consider alternative requests from the community, and will produce work to the highest possible quality at a cost effective price. To find out more about the services offered, contact the sales team on 0121 565 6165 or email enquiries@ukrapiddoorsystems.co.uk.

Fire Prevention for Schools

Following on from last week’s Fire Door Safety Week, this month we’re discussing fire prevention methods for schools. Whilst the number of deaths in school fires is thankfully very small, between 2000 and 2005 there were approximately 8,000 fires on school premises. (Source: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/276389/buildingbulletin100_onlineversion.pdf) With less than half of these fires being caused accidentally, the biggest cause of school fires is arson.

The economic cost of a fire in a school is huge. Repercussions can include:

• the cost of having to hire temporary accommodation whilst the section of the school is rebuilt
• the cost to replace teaching aids
• loss of facilities for the community
• loss of coursework and personal property belonging to staff and students
• the implications of the number of pupil applications to the school in the subsequent years

Fire Safety Training

One of the key ways to prevent a fire from starting, is to educate and train members of staff in fire prevention and management. Schools have a legal responsibility to carry out risk assessments so as to identify key hazardous areas. These can be carried out by a trained member of staff or a member of the local fire brigade. For example, boxes of paper surrounding a photocopier are a prime target for a fire to ignite, due to the heat given off by a photocopier when in constant daily use, and the fact that paper is fuel for a fire. Staff should take care to identify alternative areas to store high volumes of paper, and the area surrounding the photocopier should be free from clutter.

Fire Detection Systems

It goes without saying that a fully operational fire detection system should be installed within all areas of a school, and should also be tested regularly. Many fires start during the school day, and it is vital that every member of staff and all pupils are fully aware and well-practised in evacuating the school building in a calm but swift manner. All alarms and fire detection methods should be tested regularly.

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Fire Shutter Doors

Inevitably, the school kitchen is one of the prime areas within a school with a high fire risk. It therefore pays to have adequate methods in place to prevent a fire from spreading beyond the kitchen and throughout the school. Industrial fire shutters are becoming common place in school canteens, as a fire should remain contained within the kitchen and be prevented from spreading any further. At UK Rapid Door Systems we offer a range of high quality Fire Stopper fire shutter doors which are well suited for use in schools. With the ability to resist a fire for up to 240 minutes, the doors are designed to contain a fire until the emergency services can arrive.

To find out more about our fire shutter doors, give our sales team a call on 0121 565 6165.

5 Things to Look Out for When Choosing the Right Industrial Door

Industrial doors come in many forms, shapes and sizes, and it can be a daunting task to choose the right one, taking all the technical aspects into account whilst ensuring that it’s fit for purpose. Finding the best industrial door for your environment however is so essential for the smooth running of day-to-day operations and brings about a number of business benefits:

• A rapid acting door system helps to streamline a safer traffic flow at busy openings
• A quality, energy-efficient industrial door can minimise heat loss and save you a significant amount on your facility’s energy bills
• Using the latest technologies, an industrial door system can enhance levels of security for any working environment

Whether you need a secure High Speed door for better productivity, or even a heavy duty Ice Freezer Door or Fire Shutter to protect your valuable assets, here are 5 of the key things you need to consider when choosing the right one for your current and future needs:

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At UK Rapid Door Systems each of our high performing industrial doors provide businesses across the UK with exceptionally strong, long-lasting, resilient, safe and functional solutions to their operational needs. To find out more about our range of industrial door systems or to speak to us about your bespoke requirements, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team on 0121 565 6165.