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.
Why Choose Sara Loading Bay Specialists?
We’ve been providing high-quality solutions, outstanding customer service and industry-leading maintenance for all our high speed door and loading bay equipment for over 30 years, but why should you choose us to help you with your installation? Let’s take a closer look.
We’ve a wealth of in-depth knowledge at our disposal; whether it’s at sales or service level, we’ve supported by years of experience in the field of industrial doors. Designed to easily and safely handle a variety of applications, skills, personnel levels enables our solutions to be truly industry-leading.
Our high-quality industrial doors are functional, innovative, versatile, safe, durable, technologically advanced and designed to solve different industrial logistics problems, while ensuring safe handling in accordance with applicable law under the EC European standards. Designed for a variety of applications, for all industry sectors; from clean room and food preparation to logistics and mass retailing, we can guarantee quality, workmanship and reliability.
Our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Through our extensive network of sales, support and maintenance technicians, we provide total technical support to design, choose, install and maintain our range of products. Helping our clients to solve their workflow problems and to navigate the complexities of logistics and traffic flow is what we specialise in – for every arena we work in. We also provide technical support to customers whose industrial doors were not installed by our technicians or not manufactured by our company.
sara LBS is a total package provider and can design and install loading bay solutions, from single products such as dock levellers, scissor lifts and loading doors, through to complete loading docks, as well as dedicated after sales support thanks to its nationwide repair and maintenance network. We have extensive sector expertise and provide total packages that are tailored to meet all your needs and if you’d like to find out more about who we are and how we work, please get in touch on Telephone: 01442 245577.
Have you checked your doors’ wind load capacity?
This time of year, the weather sure seems to turn… in Britain we are now used to trees being uprooted, garden sheds blowing over and coastal waters whipping up into a frenzy. The maintenance team at sara LBS warn 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.
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.