Safety first approach for commercial door installations

Safety is of upmost importance within the manufacturing sector and there has been great progress made in recent years to improve the already high standards of safety for commercial doors.

Despite this, reports of accidents involving industrial door systems in commercial premises still occur from time to time, the majority of which could have been easily avoided.

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Here we look at a few of the ways that accidents can be prevented, making door installations safer and more efficient for the businesses that they serve.

Trained operators 

When the correct guidelines are followed, industrial door installations on commercial premises can be used hundreds of times each day without issue. At UK Rapid Doors we encourage our customers to train their operatives in the safe use of new industrial door installations, making them fully aware of safety procedures so accidents can be avoided.

Best Practice

The vast majority of accidents involving industrial doors occur when health and safety guidelines and best practice are not adhered to. Businesses in the UK are required by law to have a health and safety procedure in place, and it is highly recommended that the safe use of industrial door installations is integrated into those policies.

Professional installation 

Potential safety issues with a new industrial door system will be addressed at the point of design and installation, so choosing an experienced and professional supplier will go a long way to ensuring all safety standards are met. As such, thorough safety testing should be a key part of fitting any new commercial door system. 

Scheduled maintenance 

Though modern commercial door installations are manufactured to a very high quality and can function for many years, maintenance is still an important factor in assuring that a system runs safely. We recommend scheduled checks to be made on old and new doors, just to make sure that everything is working as it should.

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If you would like to find out more about the safety features on our range of commercial door installations, please get in touch.

For more information on our range of industrial door installation services, call today on 0121 565 6165 and our friendly sales team will be glad to assist you.

Cutting commercial energy costs with efficient door systems

A recent report has found that average electricity prices are 50% more expensive for small businesses than for much larger commercial consumers.

These worrying findings, underlined in Ofgem’s recent ‘State of the Energy Markets’ report, suggests that retail markets typically work well for larger businesses, but small and micro businesses can expect to pay far more on average.

The reports states that smaller business pay more for electricity bills because, unlike their larger counterparts, they are unable to negotiate good deals with suppliers and very rarely choose to switch to alternative providers.

Indeed, more than half (58%) of smaller companies have never switched suppliers or have moved on just a single occasion.

Cost effectiveness

With more than 60% of small business customers on poor value deals, which can be around £300 more expensive each year than the cheapest fixed term deals, it’s important to look at alternative ways to drive down energy costs for your business.

For businesses that require fast access to their working premises, conventional doors can prove effective but expensive to run, so upgrading to efficient door systems offers a great way to lower electricity costs for your business.

At UK Rapid Doors we offer energy efficient fast acting door systems which provide a fantastic solution for busy industrial premises. Suitable for high traffic flow, these fast action systems dramatically reduce running costs, heat loss and the working time lost whilst waiting for antiquated roller shutter doors to open.

Because modern automated commercial doors benefit from a high level of technical  design and are made from resilient, first-rate materials, they also offer far greater longevity that older installations and a significantly lower requirement for replacements and repairs, saving even more money in the long-run!

UK Rapid Door Systems offer a wide range of bespoke efficient door systems, click here to find out more.

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.

How a Zip Speed Door Can Improve Your Workflow

Within every industrial and commercial sector, whether logistics, retail, food, automotive or storage, it’s essential that an optimised workflow around entries and openings, or an efficient loading and unloading of goods is maintained.

High speed doors are valuable for efficient operations, as operating a slow door at crucial areas of traffic, can lead to a bottleneck and a slowed down workflow. Equally, if an obstruction should occur in or around the opening, a fast acting door would be able to easily and quickly recover and minimise disruption. Although a relatively new industrial and commercial door to the market, Zip Speed doors are seeing an increased uptake for usage across a range of environments – factories, warehouses, distribution centres, and cold storage facilities. Zip Speed doors provide a highly durable, resilient and efficient solution to enhance a fluid workflow across these different environments and ease pressure from high-traffic areas.

How does a Zip Speed door system work?zip speed industrial door

Zip, high speed doors can be used to optimise both exterior and interior openings, as they can tightly seal off your vicinity from harsh outdoor conditions and hygienically separate different sections within. Using latest technologies, Zip Speed doors feature an automated roll up design, simply slotting into compact free-standing side and head columns.

With a push of a button, either mounted beside the door or through a handheld remote device, the door will initiate, acting with a high speed for ease of use and efficiency. Zip Speed doors include options for motion detectors, to effectively respond to moving objects within or outside of the opening in all weather conditions. Additionally, induction loop detectors can be fitted so that the zip door reacts to stationary or moving vehicles. It will ignore pedestrians, so that inbound or outbound deliveries or goods can be transported smoothly and without stopping.

Boosting work performance

With increased efficiency, a Zip Speed door is an ideal system for busy industrial and commercial facilities, where time is valuable. In the event of an accident, where the door is dislodged on impact, an intelligently designed self-repairing system will be activated. The flexible zip, high speed door will recover its position with just one open and closing cycle, without damaging any obstructions. This makes them a reliable solution to minimise the impact of problems with workflow and the build-up of traffic.

As a strong, fast and durable door, Zip Speed doors reduce draughts and heat loss, so that desired temperatures can be maintained and energy savings can be made. This is why they are ideal for cold storage, clean room or food operations, where regulated temperatures and hygiene are critical to business. The Zip Speed doors will effectively keep out pests and vermin or dirt, as they are heavy-duty and have minimal opening time. As a highly resilient door, they are also wind load tested to category 5, providing greater protection for personnel and goods from extreme weather.

To find out how Zip Speed doors can improve your logistics and productivity, or to see our range of industrial high speed doors, please call us on 0121 565 6165, or email enquiries@ukrapiddoorsystems.co.uk.

Which Energy Saving Doors should you choose for your Workplace?

If you are looking to conserve energy in the workplace as well as making financial savings on your heating bills, it may be advisable to install energy saving doors. Here we review the various types of doors you can install to save energy:

Types of Energy Saving Industrial Doors

Please contact us on 0121 565 6165 to chat about your options or find out more about our products.