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Tips to pick the right high speed industrial doors

  • 01-May-2019
  • Articles|Technical Articles


High speed doors are typically designed to integrate with the traffic movements within the organisation. Here are the basic bits of information that the user needs to know about high speed doors for industrial applications - what they are, why they are valuable for a variety of industries, and what characteristics one should look for.
 
High speed doors are pretty much self-descriptive! They are faster versions of conventional door systems such as roller doors, sectional door, PVC fabric door, or roller shutter. In order to operate at speed, the design of the high-speed door is critical to ensure longevity of parts, most efficient energy consumption, and reliability in high usage.
 
High speed doors are typically designed to integrate with the traffic movements within the organisation, whether that be pedestrian traffic, forklifts, vehicles or automated conveyors. For this reason, it is critical to scope the design and selection of the high-speed door and ancillary activation systems to best match the traffic characteristics, and avoid costly collisions. A key requirement is that they open very fast and close slowly.
 
Manufacturers may install other features to serve this purpose. For example, Movidor has an integrated traffic warning system that alerts the driver, via flashing LED lights, when a door is about to close.
 
Some versions use a spiral guiding system, which keeps the door blade apart through a whole operating cycle. 
 
Also, a counterbalance system sometimes forms part of the door's construction. It is designed with spring or weight mechanisms in the side frames so that the opening smoother and that there is an emergency opening function.
 
High-speed roller doors are offered in many different versions, providing individual and customised system solutions for nearly every application requirement. All high-speed roller doors are produced in a largely maintenance free modular construction.
 
High performance doors are automatic doors used for fast access between internal and external areas of buildings.
 
Prime high-performance doors by Gandhi Automations are designed and factory-made with German collaboration using state-of-the-art and resourceful engineering technology for frequent use in high traffic areas with opening speeds up to 2.5 m/s. The high opening speed reduces time taken in movement of material, thus hastening the logistics process. A team of skilled engineers of Gandhi Automations visits site and recommends the most suitable rapid door to client. Rapid doors are manufactured and installed keeping in mind international standards.
 
Strong wind resistance.
 
The PVC fabric is reinforced with metallic bars put into the horizontal compartments of the doors, to contrast wind force, above all in the case of doors with big dimensions. These reinforcements function also as protection for workers and goods in case of breaking due to wrong or accidental maneuverings. 
 
Many manufacturing industries nowadays need a controlled environment to limit the amount of dirt and dust in the manufacturing premises. Medical instrument manufacturer, electronics and computer manufacturer, food industry, pharmaceutical industry 
and some military applications are but a few of the examples that have strict requirements for maintaining dust free environment. High speed doors have become integral part of every industry.
 
The speed of the vertical folding PVC fabric and the opening/closing automatism allow a continuous and quick use of the passage, avoiding expensive thermal exchanges between inside and outside.
 
Where are high speed doors used?
 
By ensuring doors are kept closed for the maximum time, with good perimeter sealing when closed, energy and temperature losses through doorways can be reduced, optimum operating rhythms can be achieved, and cross contamination risks can be minimised. However, in a facility with significant traffic movements - be it pedestrians, forklifts or trucks - maintaining closed doors without serious disruption to the company’s operations can be an Operations Managers nightmare!
 
A wide range of Prime high-speed doors are available for various operations, including areas with special requirements for temperature control, hygiene, storage and handling of frozen foods, Atex rapid doors are need in explosion proof areas, deep freezer automatic roll up door are need in cold storages, warehousing, loading bays and on conveyor systems. Prime Reset features a special advanced self-repairing system.
 
How can this be overcome? With High Speed Doors!
 
High speed doors can play an important role in meeting all the energy and hygiene control objectives of an organisation - without compromising productivity or ease of access.
 
So, where are they used? Everywhere! Given below are a few applications:
 

Warehouse load-in/load-out doors for bird, dust, insect or temperature control

Food production doorways for hygiene, zoning, temperature control

Cool rooms and freezers for temperature control

Logistics & transport for security, zoning, traffic control

Grain, milling industries for dust control

Car washes for spray control

Pharmaceutical for positive pressure regulation, hygiene control

 
As an architectural feature, high speed doors can be made to match the aesthetic demands of the building. Managers will install high speed doors for security purposes, or to insulate heat and noise.
 
What should you look for in your high-speed doors?
According to the Door and Access Systems Manufacturing Association (DASMA), high-performance high-speed doors must satisfy the following requirements:
 

They are non-residential powered doors.

They have rolling, folding, sliding, and swinging characteristics.

They are either high cycle (at minimum 100 cycles per day), or high speed (at minimum 508mm per second)

 
They have 2 out of the 3 following attributes:
 

Made-to-order for exact size and custom features.

Designed to withstand equipment impact (break away if accidentally hit by a vehicle). For example, Movidor high speed doors utilize a unique curtain relocation system that inserts the door curtain back into its guides in the event of accidental impact.

Designed to sustain heavy usage with minimal maintenance. Doors fitted with counter-balance springs, pulleys and wire cables may require more ongoing maintenance than those without. 

 
When buying high-speed  doors, one must make sure that  the door manufacturer satisfies the above criteria.
 
Courtesy: Gandhi Automations
 
Gandhi Automations offers a variety of high-speed doors across a range of industries. If one is looking for quality high-speed doors, then Gandhi Automations is the best solution provider. For details, visit www.geapl.co.in



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