Running a warehouse and logistics’ operation is an expensive business. Many of the major costs are absolutely fixed, so it is imperative that those costs that can be controlled are optimised against operational requirements. High-speed doors in the loading bays can significantly reduce heat and energy costs as well as increasing operational efficiency, providing improved security, hygiene and other benefits.
At first glance an industrial door is a fairly uninspiring piece of equipment, performing a thoroughly mundane task. So long as it opens and closes when necessary it is doing its duty and it is tempting to think that extra features are wasteful fripperies. However, the smart production manager understands that doors are a vital link in the constant chain of operations. Whether their function is to allow access to delivery vehicles; separate different production environments; or even isolate machinery during operation, the steady flow of production is dependent on how well they operate.
Many sites operate on a ‘just in time’ or lean basis, with all functions optimised to minimise losses through inefficiency. Such an environment must operate like a well-oiled machine, with every stage of the production process moving in time with the next. Doors that are slow to open and close or are awkward to operate disrupt the momentum of production and cause bottlenecks at vital areas throughout the site. And not only can these bottlenecks slow down production, they can pose a health risk too.
The Sprint range of high-speed doors from sara LBS offers the fastest available opening speeds, up to 3.2m/s, as well as smooth operation, thanks to its patented MCC Vector Frequency Control system. The range allows end-users to reduce energy consumption during operation and improve thermal insulation as doors are open for shorter time periods.
Surveys carried out by sara LBS free of charge at the users’ site will measure the expected energy saving. Usually, these show significant first-year energy savings, often as much as 6.5%, which are verified by real results measured after installation.
Safety in operation is ensured thanks to the sara safety beam, a unique non-contact travelling safety beam, which runs in front of the curtain and prevents it closing in the event that there is an obstruction.
The Sprint range of roller shutter doors is expansive, with a model design suitable for most applications, both internal and external. Doors are available with PVC curtains or aluminium profiles. These provide differing degrees of impact and weather protection and are available in sizes ranging from 500mm to 7,500mm wide and 500mm to 6,000mm tall.
Each installation can be custom-designed for individual requirements and a range of complementary products such as scissor lifts, alarms, air curtains and safety barriers are available. Sara LBS even offers specials accessories for hygiene-critical applications such as cleanrooms and food production.