SARA LOADING BAY SPECIALISTS LTD
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.:
- 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.
Innovative door keeps medical device manufacturer moving
Crawley-based Elekta used its renowned ability to innovate by finding new solutions when it came to replacing a 20-plus year-old roller shutter door that was beyond repair, serving the company since installation in the 1990s. Rather than replace with the same type door, Elekta worked with sara LBS who offered an innovative solution to replace the conventional door with a low-cost Sprint Run.
Elekta is a world leading innovator of equipment and software used to improve, prolong and save the lives of people with cancer and brain disorders. More than 6,000 hospitals worldwide use Elekta technology to efficiently deliver radiation therapy, radiosurgery and brachytherapy treatments and drive cost efficiency in clinical workflows. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Crawley is one of the company’s global manufacturing and logistics centres.
When Nick Cox of sara LBS first visited Elekta’s Crawley centre, he gave the Elekta team options for repairing the existing door or replacing it with a new one. Elekta needed a quick solution for the failing door and felt as if the estimate to fix the door would be the option that would fit within the fixed budget. However, Nick had a creative, modern solution.
“This seemed like an ideal installation for one of our new Sprint Run doors,” he recalled. Designed for areas with high traffic rates, the Sprint Run is suitable for intense and continuous use, even in areas with extremely limited room. The door is perfect for situations where regular access is required but insulation and security are still important.
“The Sprint Run is a curtain type door, and is incredibly robust,” says Nick. “It is built to provide at least 1.5 million operating cycles over its working life and designed for Wind Class 2, which is winds of 70mph or 100kph.”
“The Sprint Run was to be used as an external door of the Elekta building, which it is designed for, but we were able to mount it on the inside of the opening. An existing roller shutter on the outside is shut at the end of each working day, thus protecting the Sprint Run overnight and enhancing the overall security of the building.”
The Elekta door was supplied in the standard configuration with a row of vision panels. However, Sprint Runs can be customised as required, including completely transparent curtains and bespoke screen printing. The frame is extremely sturdy, self supporting and made from corrosion resistant galvanised steel making it easy to keep clean for hygiene critical areas.
With an opening speed of up to 1.2m/s, traffic and footfall can flow freely, while safety is ensured with both a light curtain built into the frame and a wireless resistive bottom safety edge.
Nick again: “High speed doors enable efficient logistics, and they also provide insulation by eliminating drafts of air and heat loss, reducing noise pollution and dust.
Due to the solidity of construction our Run doors, like all those in the Sprint high speed range, are suitable for intensive and continuous use applications.
“Elekta does a great deal to keep advancing the treatment of cancer and other tumours, based at least in part on an ability to see beyond obvious solutions and look for innovations. This attitude was apparent when it came to the new door, with Elekta quickly embracing an innovative new idea and realising its benefits.”
How to improve energy saving and efficiency using high speed doors
Energy costs have skyrocketed in recent years, and as the current economic situation continues to unsettle, business owners are looking to remain as efficient as possible. We explain how industrial doors are continuing to help save energy and boost productivity for warehouses and distribution centres.
Most industrial facilities and warehouses have at least one level access door for moving goods in and out of the building. Such doors are necessarily quite large, often four metres wide and up to five metres high. This allows large lorries to back up to them for loading and unloading, or, if the materials being handled are palletised, forklift trucks can move freely between the building and the yard.
While these access doors are superbly well designed for effective materials handling, they are not so good for energy efficiency. Such a wide opening will allow heat (or chilled air in refrigerated areas) to escape the building at a considerable rate. This will drive up the occupant’s heating bill massively and – particularly in winter – make the area around the door a cold and unpleasant working environment. Operatives may need to wear coats, hats and gloves, which could influence their ability to undertake the more delicate handling tasks, and the environment is more likely to lead to an increase in illness and absence.
Back in the nineteen-nineties, some enlightened employers started installing automatic high-speed doors to improve the working environment of employees operating in the vicinity of the goods entry/exit door. Using a high-speed, PVC shutter as a secondary door, they could minimise the time the loading bay was exposed to the external weather, thus reducing heat loss and protecting employees from freezing blasts of wind and damp. The results of this normally included increased productivity as the operative spent less time ‘dodging the cold’, reduced sick leave and a significant boost to moral.
Over the last 20 years energy costs have climbed exponentially, and it seems likely that this trend will continue well into the future. Environmental concerns have also come to the fore in this time – many new health and safety laws and recommended practices have also been introduced. The efficiency and reliability of high-speed doors have also continued to improve, meaning that many warehouse managers have found that a well specified secondary door can pay for itself within 18 months on energy savings alone; not taking into account increased productivity and reduced wear and tear on their external primary door.
The high-speed operation is essential to reduce the time the door is open or partially open. Many of these high speed secondary doors are also designed so that they can be set to only open partially, giving enough height to allow a person, hand cart, or pallet truck to pass comfortably through. They can then be reset to open to full height when loading or unloading of a tall vehicle is required.
Looking to improve on this energy performance further, sara LBS has now introduced a new door, the Sprint Spiral, designed to reduce heat losses even more effectively than a PVC curtain. This door offers automatic high-speed operation and replaces the PVC curtain with a door made of aluminium panels backed with an expanded foam insulating layer. The solid nature of the door means it is a very good physical barrier for stopping draughts and air currents that carry heat out of the building, while the foam prevents heat transfer through the door itself.
By evolving the technology away from traditional PVC materials, the new solution also provides increased security, discouraging intruders and other unauthorised personnel from entering the building. It conforms to modern building regulations in terms of safe operation and fire safety, while also reducing heat loss significantly better than a PVC curtain.
The simplicity and effectiveness of installing a secondary door to improve thermal efficiency in the warehouses has been apparent for many years. However, as with so many advancing technologies, its’ continuous improvements that allows businesses to continue to profit despite increasing operating costs. By working with company like sara LBS that are experts in the specification, design and installation of industrial doors and loading bay systems it is still possible to improve the energy efficiency of industrial warehousing environments.
WHO ARE SARA LBS?
sara Loading Bay Specialists supply, install and maintain loading bay equipment for manufacturing, warehouse loading and distribution networks, also 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.
sara LBS have been supplying, installing and maintaining high speed doors for over 30 years, priding themselves on their quality of workmanship, dedication to customer service and reliability of installation. If you’d like to get in touch to discuss our High Speed Doors, please contact us or call us on 01442 245577