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Focus on High Speed Doors

20 June 2014

Over the past 30 years the popularity of high speed doors has increased year on year. Once reserved for only the largest of companies these doors are now used everywhere from car production lines at some of the largest plants imaginable down to small factories producing speciality, bespoke goods, but why the surge in popularity?

The single biggest deciding factor has to be the cost. When these products were first introduced only a small number of companies had the technology to manufacture them, but over the years more and more people within the industry have started to introduce their own brands, creating a lot more competition and duly helping to drive prices down. 

The other reasons why we have seen this surge in popularity is down to education and the willingness to accept change by business owners. The benefits of having high speed doors are numerous; they help to keep an ambient temperature in the working environment thus helping to improve the companies carbon footprint,  can help to speed up and control the flow of traffic within the factory premises and can prevent the ingress of any unwanted visitors. All these factors combined make any high speed door a sensible choice no matter what industry you are involved in.

Now that you have decided to take the plunge and make that purchase of a new high speed door, you are faced with many options, the foremost question of course being which door to buy. For those new to this type of product the obvious choice would be the cheapest. However, if you ask anybody that has had experience of these “cheaper” doors and they will tell you that cheaper does not always equal better. There are of course budget doors available which, for certain applications will do the job perfectly well. What you really need to ask yourself is; “what will we be using this door for?” Once you know this then you can start to look at different manufacturers. 

For high speed doors, prices can range anywhere between £2,500 up to £15,000 so how do you know which door is right for you? You will find that typically doors produced in the UK will carry a higher price than those produced on the continent or even further afield. Obviously, for UK made products such as those available from Klimate High Speed Doors, you are paying not only for workmanship but the peace of mind that over the years, should anything break down with your door, then parts are readily available and faults can be repaired quickly, greatly reducing any costs that may be accrued by the customer. Also you should take into account the lead time between placing an order and having the door installed. Anything between 4 – 6 weeks is usually the industry norm.

You should look at key data on door specifications such as; opening and closing speed, the range of safety features fitted as standard, does it have a crash out facility, what methods of actuation are available and what costs are associated with these? What materials are used in both the leg sections and the curtain itself? (There is no point putting a curtain that is only 1mm thick on an area where temperature control is the prime factor). Also you should take into account other installations that the company have carried out: seeing examples of these first hand, and talking to recent customers of theirs you acquire firsthand experience? Are the engineers whom are installing the doors qualified electricians? What training do they have? Etc. 

Chris Halsall, Technical Account Manager for Klimate High Speed Doors says; 

“Although there are financially cheaper doors available than the Klimate range of doors we find that cost is not the be all and end all. All of our doors are made at our factory in Bolton, with parts kept on the shelf. We also offer a full technical support service whose sole purpose is to get any faults diagnosed and fixed using our customers own engineering staff to reduce costs and downtime.”

Whatever your budget and reason behind purchasing a high speed door one thing is for sure; If you buy correctly you will soon start to see the benefits and cost savings leaving you with just one more question; “When do we buy our next door?”

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