COMPANIES are hard pressed to increase productivity, and an option not often considered is upgrading the hardware that facilitates access into and out of factories and warehouses. Wim Dessing, managing director of Apex Strip Curtains and Doors maintains that high speed doors are no longer considered an optional extra, but have become a necessity in applications where doors need to be opened for limited periods to facilitate loading and offloading of vehicles.
“High speed doors, unlike the conventional roller shutter door, are quick and easy to open, and contribute significantly to improved productivity,” Dessing says. “Reducing unnecessary standing time for equipment and vehicles carrying goods enables companies to enhance their supply chain logistics with further knock-on benefits.”
Apex Strip Curtains and Doors is the leading local manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of door products including high speed roll-up and fold up doors, general purpose strip curtains and welding and safety screens. Dessing says the major advantage when dealing with a local manufacturer is the cost is less than that of expensive imported products and lead times are generally far shorter.
Dessing says that high speed roll-up and fold-up doors are suitable for a wide variety of applications, including warehousing areas. The doors do not hinder personnel, forklift or vehicular traffic and, depending on the actual operation, can be either automatically or manually controlled.
The Sector high speed roll-up door, manufactured by Apex Strip Curtains and Doors, delivers both functionality and performance. These compact doors are robust enough to cope with the intensive demands of heavy and continuous traffic and feature an integral unit incorporating the actuator, controls, safety devices and balancing systems. Sector doors are structurally flexible with transparent or coloured interchangeable panels.
The company’s range of Traffic high speed fold-up doors offers a sturdy, dependable and modular solution for medium and large entrances such as shipment and warehouse areas, and are particularly suited to conditions where wind is a factor. Made from strong self-extinguishing Class 2 fabric with excellent thermal insulation properties, this door has been designed to resist a wind loading of up to 50km/h. The supporting structure is manufactured from high quality galvanised steel to ensure optimum durability and, if the application requires it vision windows can be incorporated in the panels.
A counterweighted balancing system ensures high standards of performance and safety and fast, semi-automatic reopening. The built-in automation unit protects the components from wear caused by the elements.
The Traffic high speed doors are controlled by an electronic unit that complies with all IEC regulations. It can be activated by any type of remote control equipment including photocells, pressure sensitive mats, movement detectors or induction loops.
All Apex Strip Curtains and Doors products are manufactured in accordance with international standards using materials that comply with stringent hygiene and safety criteria.