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Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them.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

Insulated roller shutter doors come to the fore with improved performance

January 2019

For warehouse and factory operators who want to combine the highest levels of insulation with the greatest speed and reliability, insulated roller shutter doors are quickly becoming the technology of choice. Nick Cox of sara LBS explores the latest technologies available and explains why they are steadily superseding the more traditional door solutions.

The variability of the British climate has never been more clearly demonstrated than last year. The summer pushed records for sunshine amounts and saw temperatures rise well above 30°C as the UK sizzled in a heat wave the like of which had not been seen since 1976. This was coupled with the ‘Beast from the East’ and winter lows just a few months beforehand that fell into the 20s below zero in more exposed parts. Such weather makes you begin to appreciate the value of effective insulation!

While for the most part British people naturally tend to think of keeping the heat in and the cold at bay, in the working environment it is often the other way around. Many industrial processes, such as those involving food storage, require cool working environments to control bacterial growth. Thus the internal temperature is likely to be lower than the ambient temperature outside and the need is to prevent heat from entering the building.

In fact, the same can be the case with offices and other non-industrial working environments. The presence of computers and other equipment that emit heat, coupled with people’s warm bodies mean many offices have a cooling requirement rather than a heating one (even in winter for larger buildings). Such buildings may have a loading bay or large doors to allow entry for supplies such as catering, desks, maintenance equipment etc, which will require consideration for thermal management.

Huge openings

Thus, in many working environments, huge openings are often required at the interface to warehouses, factories, offices, hospitals, etc to accommodate loading and unloading of goods. Maintaining a constant temperature to provide stable condition for workers and products alike can be a particular challenge. Yet it wasn’t so long ago that an un-insulated steel door was all the protection that was provided.

Today, those sorts of products are only suitable as doors on unheated buildings, as internal doors or as secondary external security exits, such as those fitted to shop fronts. More stringent and prescriptive energy code requirements mean that most facilities must meet a defined thermal performance, unless they qualify as low energy buildings.

In terms of the loading bay doors at the warehouse or factory interface, these requirements are most often met today with insulated sectional overhead doors. These are relatively inexpensive to purchase and offer excellent pressure sealing and thermal insulation. However, the sectional door is slow in operation and has many moving parts which can have long term maintenance implications.

For these reasons, factory and warehouse operators are increasingly turning to insulated roller shutter doors. While the initial outlay can be more expensive, this can be quickly recouped through improved performance and more reliable operation over the life time of the door.

Traditionally roller shutter door curtains were made up of pressed steel lathes offering no thermal insulation at all. As a development of the product, the un-insulated lathes were replaced with slim insulated panels, typically 12 to 15mm deep and 100 to 120mm in height. Thermal performance was improved but compared to a sectional door with 40mm or 45mm thick panels the insulated roller shutter still struggles to meet building regulation requirements.

But today there are two options to consider for thermal control. Insulated roller shutter doors - typified by the sara LBS range - are available with 40mm to 50mm deep insulated panels with high quality seals between panels and around all sides of the door. And the latest insulated shutters are also available with high speed operation.

sara LBS insulated roller shutter doors are built around a galvanised steel curtain with hollow section lathes filled with polyurethane infill, providing a high level of insulation that helps facilities to meet energy code requirements and enables operators to reduce energy costs.

The doors are tough as well, with the galvanised steel curtains – combined with injection moulded Nylon-6 end fittings and galvanised steel guides, coil covers and bottom rail – providing protection from vehicle collisions, break-ins and vermin that could nibble a hole through weaker materials. Plastisol and powder-coated finishes are available.

The doors can be supplied with manual push up, hand chain or electric motor operation and are suitable for use in industrial environments or as loading doors for warehouse loading operations.

The popularity of insulated roller shutter doors is rising quickly, as increasing numbers of building project managers and owners of existing facilities come to appreciate the benefits of their combination of speed, reliability, low maintenance and good insulation performance. sara LBS has been, and will continue to be, a leader in developing energy efficient solutions for use in loading bays and other similar large openings.

Check industrial doors’ wind load capacity before winter sets in

December 2018

Check industrial doors’ wind load capacity before winter sets in

Global warming is leading to more violent winter weather. In Britain we are now used to trees being uprooted, garden sheds blowing over and coastal waters whipping up into a frenzy. Louise Nurse, Sales & Marketing Manager of sara LBS warns that owners and operators of warehouses and factories should make sure their industrial doors are designed to withstand anything nature is likely to throw at them.

Autumn is drawing to a close, which means winter is approaching and, to paraphrase John F. Kennedy’s 1962 State of the Union Address: ‘The time to fix industrial doors is when the sun is shining.’

Industrial doors have large (often very large) surface areas so can be subject to considerable wind loads. It is therefore a good idea to check them over within the next few weeks and make sure they are not likely to let you down in winter.

But how do you do that? There are three things that can be done fairly easily.

Firstly, you can do a physical check: see if the doors look robust and make sure they open and close freely; check around the edges to see if they seal into their frame or if there any gaps that could let wind through; look for signs of damage (wind induced or otherwise) and weakness.

Secondly, talk to the loading bay personnel; don’t ask leading questions but try to ascertain how the door performs in winter – does it keep the weather at bay, let wind and rain through, rattle in its frame, function as normal?

Finally check the owners’ manual or contact the manufacturer to confirm its certification against the standards of EuroNorm DIN EN12424.

Like all industrial standards EN12424 is great for bedtime reading – you will soon be sound asleep – but within its covers is some great wisdom about wind loads on industrial doors. At the core of EN12424 are four wind load classes (plus a Class 0 for when data is not available). These are as per the attached table.

Any responsible manufacturer should be able to tell you what class their doors meet. They will probably include the information in the user manual and may even have it as boilerplate information on the door itself.

All sara LBS high speed doors have a wind resistance class rating which helps to identify where they are suitable for installation:

PVC curtain doors are typically Class 1 – EN 12424
Aluminium profile doors are typically Class 3 – EN12424

This makes sara PVC Curtain doors suitable for indoor use and for outdoor installations where they are protected overnight and during bad weather by an external heavy duty door. Sara aluminium profile doors are suitable for all but the most extreme climatic conditions and ideal for use almost anywhere in the UK.

Of course it should be said that older doors that have given long and sterling service may be beginning to show their age. Regular maintenance and prompt attention to any damage will keep the wind and weather tight and lengthen their working life.

Now let us consider the effects a wind damaged door could have. Probably the worst thing is that a badly damaged door could render the loading bay total unusable until the door is fixed. (If the facility has only one loading bay, this is going to be a major problem.) The next issue is that the loading bay and surrounding area will be unprotected and exposed to the full extent of the winter weather and Health & Safety won’t like that. Security from thieves will be compromised to the extent that a night watchman may have to be employed until a repair is completed. Similarly bio-security will fail and it is only natural that birds and small animals (up to the size of a fox or badger) are likely to come into the loading bay seeking shelter from the winter night.

We’ve enjoyed the best summer on record, but ‘Winter is coming’. It’s best advised to assume it us going to be a cold one, so check your loading bays are prepared for the winter ahead.

Sara LBS aluminium profile doors are suitable for all but the most extreme climatic conditions and ideal for use almost anywhere in the UK.

sara LBS PVC Curtain doors are suitable for indoor use and for outdoor installations where they are protected overnight and during bad weather by an external heavy duty door.

All sara LBS high speed doors have a wind resistance class rating which helps to identify where they are suitable for installation.
About sara LBS

sara Loading Bay Specialists supplies, installs and maintains loading bay systems, high speed doors and industrial doors.It has provided high quality product solutions and outstanding customer service since it was founded 30 years ago and this remains its sole focus.
Product Solutions

sara LBS’s range of high quality products includes its complete loading bay packages (including scissor lifts, ramps and dock levellers), ‘Sprint’ range of rapid roll, high speed doors for internal and external use, insulated sectional overhead doors and roller shutter doors. It has extensive sector expertise and provides total packages that are tailored to meet all its customer’s needs. Specialist sectors include food and beverage, pharmaceutical, automotive, manufacturing, logistics and distribution.
Maintenance & Repair

Sara LBS provides nationwide 24/7 service cover and rapid response times for all loading bay systems, dock shelters, high speed doors and industrial doors using its specialist engineers based across the country. It works with end users to extend the safe working lifetime of their doors and equipment by providing both preventative maintenance packages and standard and emergency repairs.

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