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Products Index takes every care to ensure the information is correct and up to date, we cannot be held liable for any out of date or incorrect information in them.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 LBS GLAS-DOR Brochure
Glazed fire resistant steel profile and doorsets

Published [18/06/19]File size [1446 KB]

2. sara LBS INNA-DOR Brochure
Stylish, contemporary and durable internal doorsets

Published [18/06/19]File size [2127 KB]

3. sara LBS TUFF-DOR Brochure
LPS 1175 certified steel security doors

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4. sara LBS OUTA-DOR Brochure
Strong, versatile and durable external doorset

Published [18/06/19]File size [4947 KB]

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]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [1757 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll 90 v2
Self-repairing roll up door

Published [28/03/19]File size [1712 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll Clean CB 125 v2
self repairing roll up door designed to separate over pressured sterile environments,

Published [28/03/19]File size [1758 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll Clean CB 230 v2
Self- Repairing Roll Up Door for pressure controlled environments

Published [28/03/19]File size [1775 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll Door v2
Self-Repairing Roll up doors

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sara LBS Dynamicroll Food Door v2
self-repairing roll up doors certified for the food industry

Published [28/03/19]File size [1739 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll Food PE Door v2
self repairing roll up polyethylene doors for the food industry

Published [28/03/19]File size [1780 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll Frigo 1 Door v2
DynamicRoll® FRIGO 1 is a self-repairing roll up door with a special sandwich curtain composed by PVC/ polyethylene expanded/ PVC curtain.

Published [28/03/19]File size [1750 KB]

sara LBS Dynamicroll Frigo 2 Door v2
DynamicRoll® FRIGO 2 is a self-repairing roll up door equipped of 2 curtains without any rigid elements inside, divided by 200mm and in closed position make air space insulated.

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sara LBS Dynamicroll Machine MS 150 v2
DynamicRoll® MS 150 is a roll up door for applications where it's needed a protective mechanical barrier to protect machineries and automated lines.

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sara LBS Dynamicroll One Door v2
DynamicRoll® ONE is a self-repairing roll up equipped by the Dynamicroll® zipper system. The integrated motor box allows to eliminate costly and unaesthetic electrical and control panel pip

Published [28/03/19]File size [1731 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [505 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [1589 KB]

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 Roller Shutter Doors
Heavy duty, insulated and fire roller shutter doors

Published [28/03/19]File size [10608 KB]

sara LBS NEW Scissor Lift Tables
sara Loading Bay Specialists - Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

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sara LBS New Sectional Insulated Overhead Doors
sara LBS- Industrial doors, dock levellers, high speed doors

Published [18/06/19]File size [857 KB]

sara LBS NEW Sprint 2000 Rapid Protection Door
Machine Protection Door

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [11565 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

Published [18/06/19]File size [2638 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [14318 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [10531 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [3530 KB]

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

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sara LBS NEW Sprint Cleanroom Certified Doors
Sprint Cleanroom Door

Published [18/06/19]File size [1965 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [2609 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [256 KB]

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

Published [18/06/19]File size [534 KB]

sara LBS Steel Hinged Doors
EXTERNAL STEEL DOOR

Published [18/06/19]File size [211 KB]

ACCESS RAMPS Portable .
ACCESS RAMPS Temporary .
AUTOMATIC DOOR GEAR Powered .
BRIDGE Plates .
CLEANROOM Door Systems .
CURTAIN Strips Flexible .
DOOR ENGINEERING Glazed Steel Profile Systems .
DOOR ENGINEERING Glazed Steel Profile Systems BS 476:Part 22 120 Minutes
DOOR ENGINEERING Glazed Steel Profile Systems BS EN 1522 FB6
DOOR ENGINEERING Glazed Steel Profile Systems BS EN 1634-1
DOOR ENGINEERING Glazed Steel Profile Systems Security ENV 1627 RC3 RC4
DOOR ENGINEERING Steel Profiles .
FIRE CHECK DOORSETS Acoustic Fire Resistant Resistance .
FIRE CHECK DOORSETS Acoustic Fire Resistant Resistance BS 476 Part 22 or BWF Certifire
FIRE CHECK DOORSETS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634/BS 476 Part 22/BWF Certifire FD120
FIRE CHECK DOORSETS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634/BS 476 Part 22/BWF Certifire FD240
FIRE CHECK DOORSETS Commercial Industrial Educational Healthcare BS EN 1634/BS 476 Part 22/BWF Certifire FD60
FIRE CHECK DOORSETS Steel .
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 Pressure Controlled Environments .
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 .
SECURITY DOORS LPS 1175 Security Rating 1 to 3 .
SECURITY DOORS LPS 1175:Issue 3 Security Rating SR4 .
SECURITY DOORS Steel .
SECURITY DOORSETS Steel .
SECURITY DOORSETS Steel Glazed
SECURITY DOORSETS Steel Louvred Ventilated
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 Self-Repairing Roll Up Doors
DYNAMICROLL FOD INOX Self-Repairing Roll Up Doors
DYNAMICROLL FRIGO Industrial Freezer Doors
GLAS-DOR Glazed Fire Resistant Steel Door Profiles
INNA-DOR Fire Resistant Doorsets
INSUROLL Insulated Rolling Shutter
MCC VECTOR CONTROL Door Control
NORMATEX Strip Curtain
OUTA-DOR Steel Security Doors
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
TUFF-DOR Steel Security Doors

sara LBS servicing helps keep loading bays safe and efficient

May 2019

sara LBS servicing helps keep loading bays safe and efficient

Loading bays are hard working environments. Equipment and machinery should be properly maintained and regularly serviced to ensure safety, reliability and efficiency. David James, a service surveyor with loading bay specialist sara LBS offers an overview of what is required.

Any location where work is carried out is subject to regulations and directives; those that cover loading bays include the Machinery Regulations, Machinery Directive, the Lifting Operations & Lifting Equipment Regulations (LOLER) and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER). Other regulations, say relating to food hygiene and working procedures, could also apply, so each situation needs to be individually assessed. While the details of these requirements are important, here we need only look at their general scope.

A lot of loading bay equipment, such as scissor lifts, dock levellers and even powered doors will legally be classed as ‘machinery’ so must be maintained in a condition such that it is safe to operate. This will require the regular checking of safety-critical components, such as springs, cables, locks, stops, and catches and adjusting or replacing them if necessary. Typically this work will be carried out as part of a wider machine inspection that also looks at the operating mechanisms and controls.

For scissor lifts and dock levellers, the electro-hydraulic drive will need to be checked, looking for worn hoses and leaks, topping up the oil and making sure the power pack is in good condition. Other parts, electrical and mechanical, should also be checked at the same time, and – importantly - thorough cleaning is recommended, especially underneath the equipment where dirt and litter will naturally tend to accumulate and could become a trip hazard, hygiene risk or even harbour vermin.

Loading bay doors also need to be maintained in good order. Most of the wearing parts, including springs, cables, drums, brakes, bearings and shaft will be in the drive system, and these should be the main focus of inspection and maintenance. Generally, these are located at the top of the door so will probably be at least three metres, and as much as seven metres above the concrete floor of the loading bay, bringing working at height practises and legislation into play.

Many of the components in loading bay equipment will be of a quality such that it can be expected to last the lifetime of the equipment, but regular inspection and maintenance must still be carried out to ensure safety and maintain efficiency. However, it is also important to account for the amount of use each piece of equipment is subject to. Obviously frequently used equipment will wear quicker than rarely used, and the same can be said of heavily loaded verses lightly loaded.

Accidents and damage

Loading bay personnel will know that accidental damage can occur. Probably the most frequent cause is trucks reversing into loading bay doors, outside canopies and dock shelters. In such cases there is often a need for a short term repair because it is unlikely that there will be appropriate spares available on site.

When sara LBS gets such a call we like one of our surveyors to attend site. They will assess the situation and recommend a course of action that will minimise disruption for day to day operations. Further they may be able to salvage some undamaged parts and will also do a thorough check to make sure there is no hidden damage.

In order to maintain loading bays in peak condition - able to support efficient production operations, ready to accommodate extra workload at busy times, and able to provide a safe working environment for all personnel - sara LBS likes to run preventative maintenance programmes with its clients. Recognising that every company’s operations and loading/unloading requirements is unique, the first step is consultation and the development of a tailored preventative maintenance package. This will involve regular inspection and servicing and replacement of worn parts to extend the lifetime of loading bay equipment and keep it operating safely and meeting appropriate regulations throughout its working life.

sara LBS offers one, three and five year service contracts to help make sure that equipment is well maintained throughout its life. These contracts cover equipment supplied by sara LBS but can also be extended to also embrace equipment from other manufacturers and suppliers. This means clients have one-stop service, maintenance and emergency back-up at all times, thus ensuring that loading docks, scissor lifts, dock shelters, high speed doors and all associated equipment are maintained to the highest standard. In order to be able to deliver this level of support sara LBS maintains one of the largest UK service networks for loading bay equipment and has engineers on the road and available at all times.

Most companies acknowledge that while not the most glamorous activity in their business, loading and unloading of goods and materials is vital for efficient production. So any effort put into ensuring loading bays are able to operate effectively will pay valuable long term dividends.

sara LBS Energy savings and efficiency using high speed doors

April 2019

The best to ensure you lose heat from your warehouse and rack up fuel bills is to make sure your building has a nice big hole in the side, points out Nick Cox, one of the sales team at loading bay specialists sara LBS. But, if you are greener or trying to run a profitable business – or both – you might like to look at the latest in thermal management for roller shutter doors.

Most industrial and warehouse buildings have at least one level access door for moving goods in and out of the building. This door is usually quite large, often four metres wide and up to five metres high, thus facilitating free flow of people and materials. Such large doors easily allow the passage of a forklift truck, which is pretty much a standard requirement these days as the majority of goods are palletised for transport - but they also allow heat to pour out.

A generation ago, little consideration was given to matters such heat loss, energy efficiency or employees’ comfort. Often loading bay doors were left open for long periods, possibly for entire shifts. Traditional external doors were heavy and manually operated, so options for opening and closing them quickly and frequently were limited, restricting their use for heat retention.

By the 1990s enlightened employers were starting to install automatic, high-speed roller-shutter or curtain doors to retain heat and improve the working environment of employees operating in the vicinity of the goods entry/exit doors. Roller shutter doors are normally fitted with a PVC curtain, which in itself offers little thermal insulation but serves to reduce the movement of air between the building and the outside environment.

Using a high-speed secondary door minimised the time the door opening is clear, thus preventing heat loss and protecting employees from freezing blasts of wind and rain. Unsurprisingly, the result of this normally increased productivity and reduced absenteeism due to coughs, colds and other winter aliments. It is also notable that over the last 20 years energy costs have rocketed, environmental concerns have come to the fore and many new health and safety laws have been introduced.

Employers have found that installing a secondary high-speed curtain-door does not disrupt loading operations. A typical sara LBS high speed curtain opens and closes at 2.5m/sec, so with doors that are 2.5m high the opening/closing time is one second, while a 5m tall door can go from fully open to fully closed in two seconds. This means the loading bay door can be closed the vast majority of the time and energy savings alone will give a payback time of under 18 months. Additional benefits include increased productivity and reduced wear and tear on the external primary door.

While reducing heat loss in winter is a major benefit of high-speed loading bay doors, there are also a number of secondary benefits that can also be very important. For instance in the cold weather wildlife and birds are just as keen on finding warmth as humans, so may be tempted to enter a loading bay in search of shelter. This would be a nuisance in most situations and could seriously compromise biosecurity in food and beverage, medical, pharmaceutical and other hygienic facilities. A high-speed door that only opens momentarily will reduce the likelihood of this. It will also block the view into the loading bay, which will help discourage potential intruders, as well as helping to keep out snow, rain and surface water that penetrates overhead canopies and porches.

Taking these advantages to the next level, sara LBS has recently introduced a new curtain-door, the Sprint Spiral, which combines automatic high-speed operation with an insulated aluminium curtain. This blocks air movements, insulates against heat transfer and reflects heat back into the loading bay. It is available in a range of colours and can be fitted with vision panels and other options.

It is also worth noting that the thermal performance of the main roller doors can be enhanced substantially by insulation of the main panels and adding weather seals and draught excluders between the door and the frame. This will be very effective when the main door is shut, which is typically overnight for up to 16 hours at a time.

sara LBS offers decades of experience in design, specification, installation and aftersales support for industrial door and loading bay solutions. Working with an expert sales engineer such as Nick Cox allows warehouse managers to calculate potential energy savings prior to installation and will ensure that the door continues to operate effectively for years to come.

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