FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is an industrial door?

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Definition: Industrial doors are barriers used to separate environments of a facility, yet allow passage through when needed. There are many different types of industrial doors, including: high speed roll-up doors, bi-parting doors, bi-rolling doors, sectional doors, rolling steel doors, screen doors and impact doors. Each type of door can bring distinct features to an application.

Different types of doors may be appropriate for different applications. Before deciding on a specific door style, see How to Select the Right Industrial Door for more information.

What is a high speed door?

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Definition: High speed doors are designed for fast open and close, allowing people and/or equipment to move quickly through the opening. When properly applied, they can increase environmental separation, productivity and safety, and reduce maintenenace costs.

There are two basic designs of high speed doors: roll-up and bi-parting. Roll-up doors open vertically, while bi-parting doors open horizontally from the center. The specific application must be examined to determine which style is ideal, as each design has distinct features and benefits.

Please see How to Select the Right Industrial Door Solution for more information.

How do I choose the right industrial door?

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Today, selecting the right industrial door for your facility can be more complicated than ever. There are a variety of doors on the market today, so it's easy to understand why choosing the best industrial door is a difficult decision.

In addition, not all doors are the same. A misapplied door can cause serious problems with environmental control, efficiency, durability and safety, while a properly applied door can: improve safety, increase productivity, save energy, minimize maintenance and repair costs, enhance plant productivity, and provide the best overall return on investment.

There are six factors to consider, which will help you determine the best total door solution for your facility.
 
Environmental Control
Efficiency
Durability
Safety
Activation
Selection

Determine Importance of Environmental Control.
The most common reason for purchasing a door is to separate different environments. There are several factors which can affect environmental control. These include: environmental separation, sealing, speed of operation, security and quality control. By examining these factors and their importance to you, you will be one step closer to choosing the door that will provide the best environmental control for your application.

Examine how Efficiency can be Improved.
Proper door selection can improve the efficiency of a facility. For example, a fast passage time allows equipment to move quickly through the opening, increasing productivity. Also, optimizing the traffic flow through a facility will improve efficiency, and will increase the productivity of your employees. A closer look at the issues affecting efficiency will help you make the right door decision.
 
Choose a Door Designed for Durability.
The durability of a door can be determined by the following criteria: performance, impactability, maintenance needs and service support. Choose a door which was designed to meet your durability requirements.
 
Make the Safest Choice Possible
Because safety is important at every facility, factors must be considered which can affect safety. For example, the type and flow of traffic at the opening can contribute to safety concerns. Also consider visibility needs at the opening. A high traffic opening will require more visibility than an opening with minimal traffic. Finally, look for the potential for accidents and choose a door which will help prevent those accidents.
 
Activation of Power Doors is as Important as the Door Itself.
Activation is often taken for granted in door selection, however properly activated doors can provide many benefits. Use activation to your advantage to improve safety, increase environmental separation, customize door operation, improve productivity, eliminate false cycles, minimize door impacts, and lower maintenance and downtime. To determine the best activation for your application, look at the traffic, equipment going through and around the opening, the physical characteristics of the opening, and the types of activation offered.
 
Final Selection is a Total Door Solution.
The door manufacturer you choose should provide a total solution, not just hardware. You should expect innovative products with state-of-the-art features. But, you're not only choosing an industrial door, you're also choosing a company. Make sure you select a manufacturer and local dealer who stand behind the equipment and provide complete service and support. Ask about a company's track record with existing customers. Ask for a product demonstration, and visit a field site where the equipment has been installed for some time. Check out the availability of service specialists. Ask about guaranteed life expectancy of the door and make sure you get written warranties.
 
How do I choose the right cold storage door?

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Today, selecting the right cold storage door for your facility can be more complicated than ever. There are a variety of doors on the market today, so it's easy to understand why choosing the best cold storage door is a difficult decision.

In addition, not all doors are the same. A misapplied door can cause serious problems with environmental control, efficiency, durability and safety, while a properly applied door can: improve safety, increase productivity, save energy, minimize maintenance and repair costs, enhance plant productivity, and provide the best overall return on investment.

There are six factors to consider, which will help you determine the best total cold storage door solution for your facility.
 
Environmental Control
Efficiency
Durability
Safety
Activation
Selection

The Importance of Environmental Control.
Environmental control is critical in cold storage facilities. There are several factors which can affect environmental control. These include: environmental separation, sealing, speed of operation, security and quality control. By examining these factors and their importance to you, you will be one step closer to choosing the best cold storage door for your application.

Examine how Efficiency can be Improved.
Proper door selection can improve the efficiency of a facility. For example, a fast passage time allows equipment to move quickly through the opening, increasing productivity. Also, optimizing the traffic flow through a facility will improve efficiency, and will increase the productivity of your employees. A closer look at the issues affecting efficiency will help you make the right door decision.
 
Choose a Door Designed for Durability.
The durability of a door can be determined by the following criteria: performance, impactability, maintenance needs and service support. Choose a door which was designed to meet your durability requirements.
 
Make the Safest Choice Possible
Because safety is important at every facility, factors must be considered which can affect safety. For example, the type and flow of traffic at the opening can contribute to safety concerns. Also consider visibility needs at the opening. A high traffic opening will require more visibility than an opening with minimal traffic. Finally, look for the potential for accidents and choose a door which will help prevent those accidents.
 
Activation of Power Doors is as Important as the Door Itself.
Activation is often taken for granted in door selection, however properly activated doors can provide many benefits. Use activation to your advantage to improve safety, increase environmental separation, customize door operation, improve productivity, eliminate false cycles, minimize door impacts, and lower maintenance and downtime. To determine the best activation for your application, look at the traffic, equipment going through and around the opening, the physical characteristics of the opening, and the types of activation offered.
 
Final Selection is a Total Door Solution.
The door manufacturer you choose should provide a total solution, not just hardware. You should expect innovative products with state-of-the-art features. But, you're not only choosing an industrial door, you're also choosing a company. Make sure you select a manufacturer and local dealer who stand behind the equipment and provide complete service and support. Ask about a company's track record with existing customers. Ask for a product demonstration, and visit a field site where the equipment has been installed for some time. Check out the availability of service specialists. Ask about guaranteed life expectancy of the door and make sure you get written warranties.
 
What is the criteria for the “correct door for the application”?

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Traffic

  • Type of traffic
  • Width and height of the loads
  • Number of cycles
  • Traffic patterns

Jamb Conditions

  • Width of jamb
  • Construction of jamb, steel or wood
  • Can a correct jamb be installed
  • Should mounting brackets be used

Purpose of Door

  • Temperature
  • Sound attenuation
  • Humidity control
  • Contamination control
  • USDA requirements
  • Reduce traffic speed

Specific Conditions

  • Wash Down
  • Pressure
  • Floor incline or decline
  • Interior or exterior location
  • Existing transom
  • Existing overhead door or fire door
  • Oversized opening for transom or dutch door design
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