SARA LOADING BAY SPECIALISTS LTD

Mark Road
Hemel Hempstead
HERTFORDSHIRE HP2 7DN

Tel: 01442 245577
Fax: 01442 217117

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Suppliers of: Loading Bay equipment Loading Bay dock levellers, loading bay dock shelters, loading bay docks, high speed industrial doors, high speed roller doors, fast operating roller doors, fast acting industrial doors

Sara Loading Bay Specialists supply, install and maintain loading bay equipment for manufacturing, warehouse loading and distribution networks, and high speed doors and roller shutter doors for industrial, production line, cleanroom and food processing applications.

Its high speed range of ’Sprint’ fast action doors offer quick opening speeds and improved safety for internal and external applications.

  • HIGH SPEED DOORS
  • LOADING BAY EQUIPMENT
  • INDUSTRIAL DOORS
  • DOCK SHELTERS/STRIP CURTAINS
  • ALUMINIUM RAMPS
  • MODULAR DOCKS/DOCKING PODS
  • SCISSOR LIFTS/DISABLED LIFTS

Our business philosophy is ’High Quality’, ’Good Service’ and ’Fair Price’, and we work hard with our customers to maintain this. We have achieved a stable market position, and our trade mark sara is well respected. We are a Total Package supplier, not only in our product range, but also in the area of technical information.

Our solutions are an important benefit to the end user, specifier, and main contractor. Our team of highly trained salesmen is available for site and design meetings, and the demonstration theatre at our head office in Watford is always ready and available for visitors.

Installation, maintenance and service work is carried out by our six depots operating throughout the U.K.:

  • Glasgow
  • Leeds
  • Manchester
  • Birmingham
  • Bristol
  • Hemel Hempstead

We employ more than 100 staff, including fully trained engineers operating from mobile workshops carrying tools, equipment and spare parts. sara is proud of its reputation for good service and attention to detail. We can honestly claim that our service is second to none in the door industry.

Futher technical information is available on the BPi download library or visit the Sara Loading Bay Specialists Website.

These files are provided by the manufacturer. While Building Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them. Please check with the supplier before specifying or purchasing products.

1. Sara High Speed & Freezer Doors Brochure V13
High Speed industrial doors & Industrial Freezer and Cold Room Doors

Published [23/10/18]File size [21128 KB]

2. sara LBS NEW Sprint 600 Ultra High Performance Door
Sara Loading Bay Sprint 600 Ultra High Performance Door

Published [26/05/17]File size [4625 KB]

3. sara LBS NEW Sprint 2000 Rapid Protection Door
Machine Protection Door

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sara LBS Dock Shelters, Inflatable Shelters
Dock Shelters, Dock Seals

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sara LBS Insulated Roller Shutter Doors
Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

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sara LBS NEW Dock Loading Pods
Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

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sara LBS NEW Docklevellers HLP
Loading Bay Dock Levellers, HYDRAULIC DOCK LEVELLERS

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sara LBS New Industrial Sectional Overhead Doors
Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

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sara LBS NEW Precast Loading Bays
loading bays, Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

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sara LBS NEW scissor lifts
Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

Published [23/10/18]File size [11625 KB]

sara LBS NEW Sprint 300 Plus High Performance Door
High Performance Industrial Door

Published [26/05/17]File size [4548 KB]

sara LBS NEW Sprint 3000 High-speed Industrial Door
High-speed Industrial Door, Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

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sara LBS NEW Sprint 355 Industrial High Speed Door
Sprint 355 Industrial Doors, High-speed Door for Frequent Traffic

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sara LBS NEW Sprint 392 High Speed Industrial doors
high speed industrial doors

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sara LBS NEW Sprint 400/600/600G High Performance Doors
Sprint 450 600 600G High Performance Door

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sara LBS NEW Sprint Cleanroom Certified Doors
Certified doors for cleanroom applications

Published [26/04/18]File size [1965 KB]

sara LBS NEW Sprint Food High Performance Door
rapid food high performance door

Published [26/04/18]File size [2609 KB]

sara LBS NEW Sprint Rapid Protection 300
Machine Protection Door Sprint 300 MP

Published [26/05/17]File size [11586 KB]

sara LBS Sprint 300 High Performance Door
Sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

Published [26/05/17]File size [534 KB]

sara LBS Steel Hinged Doors
EXTERNAL STEEL DOOR

Published [26/05/17]File size [207 KB]

ACCESS RAMPS Portable .
ACCESS RAMPS Temporary .
AUTOMATIC DOOR GEAR Powered .
BRIDGE Plates .
CLEANROOM Door Systems .
CURTAIN Strips Flexible .
FIRE CHECK SHUTTERS . .
FIRE CHECK SHUTTERS Controlled Descent .
FIRE CHECK SHUTTERS Controls .
FIRE CHECK SHUTTERS Rolling .
INDUSTRIAL Shutters .
INDUSTRIAL DOOR Controls .
INDUSTRIAL DOOR GEAR Automatic .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Aluminium .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Aluminium Combined Glass .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Automatic .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Bi-Parting .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Bi-Parting High Speed
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Bi-Parting Safety Photocell
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Bi-Parting Transparent
INDUSTRIAL DOORS BS 476:1987 Part 22 .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS BS EN 13241-1 .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Cleanroom .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Cold Storage Rooms .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Cold Storage Rooms Fire Resistant Class B
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Crash .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Deep-Freeze Stores .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Deep-Freeze Stores Freezing Tunnels
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Deep-Freeze Stores Industrial Freezers
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Electric Operated .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Flexible Strip Curtains .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Flexible Strip Curtains PVC Strip .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Folding .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Folding Sliding .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Folding Sliding Insulated
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Food Industry .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Food Industry FDA Tested
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Glazed .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation Dual Opening Heights
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation Freestanding
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation High Speed Curtain
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation Non Contact Safety Beam Incorported
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation Self Repairing, Automatic Curtain Guide Reset
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Operation Vertically Opening
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Rolling .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Rolling Cleanrooms
INDUSTRIAL DOORS High Speed Rolling Crash Proof
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Hygienic .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Insulated .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Machine Protection Doors .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Overhead .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Personnel .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Purpose Made .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS PVC .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Rolling .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Rolling Insulated
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Rolling Knockout
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Rolling Safety Stop Photocell Incorporated
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Rolling Transparent
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Rolling Shutter .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Sectional .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Sectional Glazed
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Sectional Overhead .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Sectional Overhead Insulated
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Security .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Steel .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Steel Colourcoated
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Steel Glazed
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Steel Plastisol Finish
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Transparent .
INDUSTRIAL DOORS Vertical Folding
LOADING BAY Bridge Plates .
LOADING BAY Dock Buffers .
LOADING BAY Dock Buffers Alarmed
LOADING BAY Dock Bumpers .
LOADING BAY Dock Houses .
LOADING BAY Dock Houses External
LOADING BAY Dock Leveller Pits .
LOADING BAY Dock Levellers .
LOADING BAY Dock Levellers Drawbridge
LOADING BAY Dock Levellers Hydraulic
LOADING BAY Dock Levellers Mechanical
LOADING BAY Dock Lifts .
LOADING BAY Dock Pads .
LOADING BAY Dock Seals .
LOADING BAY Dock Seals Inflatable
LOADING BAY Dock Shelters .
LOADING BAY Dock Shelters Collapsible
LOADING BAY Dock Shelters Curtain
LOADING BAY Dock Shelters Inflatable
LOADING BAY Dock Shelters Repair and Maintenance
LOADING BAY Docking Systems .
LOADING BAY Equipment .
LOADING BAY Lights .
LOADING BAY Lights Traffic
LOADING BAY Modular Docks Relocatable
LOADING BAY Modular Docks Steel
LOADING BAY Ramps .
LOADING BAY Ramps Aluminium
LOADING BAY Ramps Mobile Yard
LOADING BAY Ramps Power Assisted
LOADING BAY Systems .
LOADING BAY Wheel Guides .
LOADING BAYS Precast Concrete .
MOBILITY RAMPS Disabled Access Ramps .
MOBILITY RAMPS Wheelchair Ramps Portable
PLATFORM LIFTS Scissor Lifting Systems .
ROLLER SHUTTERS .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Automatic .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Commercial .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Electric Operation CE Marked
ROLLER SHUTTERS Electric Operation Power Operated
ROLLER SHUTTERS EN 13241-1 CE Marked
ROLLER SHUTTERS Fire Resistant BS 476 Parts 20/22
ROLLER SHUTTERS Fire Resistant BS 476:Part 22 Section 8/L: 4 Hours
ROLLER SHUTTERS Galvanised Steel .
ROLLER SHUTTERS High Speed Opening .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Industrial .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Insulated .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Steel .
ROLLER SHUTTERS Steel Colourcoated
SCISSOR LIFTS Automative .
SCISSOR LIFTS BS EN 1570:1999 .
SCISSOR LIFTS Car Parking .
SCISSOR LIFTS Disabled Access Wheelchair
SCISSOR LIFTS Open Platform .
SCISSOR LIFTS Raised Storage .
SCISSOR LIFTS Vehicle Loading .
SHUTTERS Fire Check .
SHUTTERS Fire Resistant Rolling BS 476:Parts 20/22
SHUTTERS See-Through .
TABLES Scissor Lift .
WHEELCHAIR RAMPS See Also MOBILITY RAMPS: .
WINCHES
WINCHES Hydraulic .
SPRINT High Speed Industrial Doors
DISCDRIVE Fast Operating Door
DYNAMICROLL FRIGO Industrial Freezer Doors
INSUROLL Insulated Rolling Shutter
MCC VECTOR CONTROL Door Control
NORMATEX Strip Curtain
PCS Roller Door
RAPID FOOD Industrial Doors & Shutters
RAPIDPROTECT Industrial Doors & Shutters
ROLLTEX Strip Curtain
SPRINT 300 MP Industrial Doors
SPRINT 300 PLUS Industrial Doors
SPRINT CLEAN ROOM High Speed Industrial Doors
SPRINT COMBI High Speed Industrial Doors
SPRINT DYNAMIC High Speed Industrial Doors
SPRINT MEGAPACK High Speed Industrial Doors
SPRINT ROLL High Speed Industrial Doors
SPRINT SPIRAL Insulated High Speed Industrial Doors
SUPERWINCH Winches
TRAVITOP Strip Curtain

sara Loading Bay Optimising loading bays for retail productivity

February 2019

Optimising loading bays for retail productivity

The increasing pressure on the retail industry that’s created by the rise of internet shopping means efficiencies have to be driven into every stage of the operational supply chain. Alan Ryder of loading bay specialists sara LBS believes that well designed loading bays will make goods handling more productive and help maintain the quality and appearance of the retail items.

Opportunities for gaining an edge over the competition are relatively limited in the retail sector. Discounts from wholesalers can be sought, but competitors are likely to get similar pricing levels; rent and rates are largely fixed; and staff salaries tend towards an industry norm. This means efficiencies have to be gained at an operational level, saving time and money in the distribution operation while ensuring minimum spoilage of goods in transit.

Suppliers to retailers need to make sure that their loading bays are designed to meet the specific needs of their operations. For instance, the big retail chains tend to use double decker trucks, so the loading bays need to be optimised to accommodate these.

Perhaps the most obvious requirement then is for a tall loading bay door, typically around 5m high. If the door is too low access will be restricted, but if it is too high thermal management and biosecurity will be compromised – major issues in food handling operations and an avoidable expense in all cases.

Loading bay doors can be of several types: sectional overhead, roller shutter, curtain etc. They can also be insulated to prevent heat exchange (loss of heat in most cases, but ingress of heat in chilled environments). In retail operations most loading bay doors will be power operated, which will increase efficiency. Typically they give higher speeds of opening and closing than can be achieved with manual opening, encouraging closing between operations for thermal efficiency. In warehouses where the goods in/out process is run to tight deadlines, this speed of operation can have a tangible impact on the bottom line. In addition, the operation of powered doors can be automated, so that they open automatically once the vehicle has reversed into position and closed again as it leaves.

Weather tight seals are generally required on all loading bay doors, and just about essential on larger doors (these also aid biosecurity and fire control). Safety features are highly recommended, including safety edges and scanners that arrest the motion of the door if personnel get too close. A simple but effective safety feature is a key safe on the door itself: the truck driver places his keys in the safe which then rises with the door until it is out of reach. This way the truck cannot be moved until the door is lowered, by which time loading bay personnel should have stepped well clear.

Other safety features that could be considered include vehicle restraints, interactive traffic lights and pedestrian barriers.

Beating the weather

It is highly recommended that the apron of the loading bay has effective weather containment measures in place. This could be a fixed canopy, with or without side walls. It is important to remember that the height of the canopy is set so that the bay can accommodate the largest trucks likely to be used, but if a canopy is overly high its effectiveness as weather protection will be compromised.

A popular option is a retractable canopy that will contact against the top and sides of the vehicle to form a physical seal to improve thermal management and biosecurity.

In the case of food products that are highly sensitive to temperature, the best solution may be an inflatable canopy that forms a very effective pressure seal. With these, the side and head curtains are inflated once the vehicle is in position, providing a good seal without putting any major loading on the building.

With operatives working hard it is essential that consideration is given to provision for Health & Safety. The basic principle should be to design out risks if at all possible, otherwise minimise them or contain them. In practise this may mean putting windows in the loading bay doors to improve visibility; providing separate personal access doors, interlocks and safety cut outs to prevent doors from operating if people are dangerously close; installing a secondary curtain door to stabilise temperatures, etc.

The next level

Sometimes it is necessary to think out of the box and take loading bay design to the next level. An example of this in the retail sector was when a sara LBS client expanded and acquired new warehousing to serve northern and Scottish retail outlets.

The location of the new warehousing could honestly be described as windswept and very exposed so that cold weather was blowing in though the loading bay doors when they were open. This made the loading bays unpleasant to work in and meant that heat was being lost and the goods risked being damaged.

sara LBS worked with the client to quickly evolve a practical solution to this almost intractable problem.

Essentially the weather issue was coupled with the need for high volume, high speed use to support the retail network and online orders, so sara LBS suggested fitting an internal dock loading pod in each bay. Normally these are installed onto the external face of a building; however, here the idea was to install the pods inside the warehouse and add a retractable shelter to the outside. This would seal against the delivery vehicle to provide a weatherproof working environment. The pods would act as ‘rooms within rooms’ so heating them would be far cheaper than heating the whole areas The solution would also act as a barrier to the inclement exterior conditions.

The client liked the idea and worked with sara LBS to develop an arrangement that best suited its needs. The bays were upgraded two at a time so that normal operations could continue in the others and the improvements quickly proved popular with both operational staff and management.

Keeping your cool when the heat is on

January 2019

Many industrial environments are chilled to significantly below the ambient climatic temperature and high speed shutter doors are the best way to maintain a clear division between inside and out. Louise Nurse, Sales and Marketing Manager for sara LBS (Loading Bay Solutions), says there is more to such installations than meets the eye.

There are a number of industries, food manufacturing and specialist logistics amongst them, that generally require low temperatures. Further, they often need even colder spaces or chillers for specific processes, such as the production of ice cream and storage of frozen ready meals.

Refrigerating a chiller to its required low temperature and keeping it within set thermal tolerances can be a significant expense. Furthermore, if the temperature in the interface zones were allowed to rise it could compromise the products or processes, perhaps creating food safety hazards, disrupting low temperature processes or upsetting chilled storage arrangements. Thus there is a desire to minimise heat losses at doors, loading bays and other interface areas.

With chillers there may be a requirement for frequent entry by personnel or perhaps forklift trucks or even by road vehicles for loading. Installing a high speed roller shutter door is likely to effectively meet the twin requirements of maintaining temperature levels while allowing fast, easy and efficient access.

sara LBS has a wide range of high speed doors that are appropriate for such installations. Any door will provide a physical barrier to prevent mixing of warm and cooled air, but sara LBS offers many options that are also designed to provide thermal insulation to minimise heat transfer through the material of the door. Further, almost invariably doors used in chillers or other temperature controlled applications are fitted with high speed automatic drives so that the amount of time they are open is minimised.

Often chillers use a two-door solution, a main door which is opened at the beginning of the working day and remains so until the end of the shift, plus a secondary high speed door or curtain that is generally kept closed but which opens quickly and easily to allow entry and egress as required. An alternative is a strip curtain which is easily pushed aside to allow access.

It is notable that chillers are usually fitted internally with white wall cladding to meet hygiene requirements. If the door providers are involved at the design stage of a chiller project they will most likely advise the use of a steel ‘goalpost’ door frame within the cladding. This will be strong, rigid, long lasting and allow the door to seal at the side and top edges thus maximising retention of cooled air. The steel could be stainless, but more commonly is galvanised as it will be very well protected from corrosive agents by the cladding.

However, as the fixings pass through the cladding, it is recommended that stainless steel or nylon threaded rods are used and that these are capped with plastic or stainless nuts. sara LBS is also able to provide covers for the drive components and other accessories related to the door.

For the high speed door to be an effective barrier against heat transfer it needs to be in the closed position as much as possible. High speed actuation is therefore recommended; sara LBS offers the fastest doors on the market, with opening speeds of up to 3.2m/s. Such speeds could cause shock loads leading to excessive wear and tear and a reduced working life, however sara LBS overcomes this by optimally profiling acceleration and deceleration rates to provide a smooth, gentle movement.

To open the door sara LBS recommends one of three options, a pull cord type operating switch positioned conveniently for users such as fork lift truck drivers, or one of two automatic options, radar or induction loop. The best choice depends on the details of each application and sara LBS is always happy to make an assessment and recommendation.

There are a number of other options that sara LBS is able to offer for chiller and cool environment installations. A popular one is dual height opening, so that the door is not opened fully unless necessary to allow passage of a tall item. If temperature control is really critical, sara LBS recommends the use of a battery powered back-up so that the door can continue to be operated in the event of a power failure. Loading bays can be designed with high speed doors at both ends which are synchronised so that they are never open simultaneously.

Other options include a curtain tensioning system, a door line photocell, emergency stop safety contact edge, fall-down protection, and integration with a traffic light control system. Loading bays can be designed with high speed doors at both ends.

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