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Preventing the waste of energy has never been more important – especially as the UK heads towards reaching its net-zero targets – and your industrial doors can play a critical part. Your choice of industrial door really can make a big difference in not only preventing energy wastage within your site but also to boosting efficiency and helping to keep your employees safe. 
How? Read on to discover how Stanair’s range of Rapid Action Doors can help you save now and in the future. 
Whenever your doors are open, put simply, they are allowing energy to escape – this is especially true of an industrial door as they can be quite sizeable! It makes sense then to ensure that they are open for as short a span as possible.  
Depending on what you need your door for, this can be achieved in a few different ways. If your door is mainly used by pedestrians, it could be a good idea to minimize the size of the opening by installing a wicket door (read more about this type of access option here). However, if the door is used by vehicles on a regular basis, it may be a better option to considerably limit the time that the door is left open. This is where you need a Rapid Action Door. 
What is a Rapid Action Door? 
Rapid Action Doors (or High-Speed Doors as they are also known in the industry) are a special type of Industrial Door which have been specially designed to operate as quickly, safely and efficiently as possible both internally and externally. These lightweight doors are not only able to operate at speeds which would not be possible for your standard industrial door (one of the doors in our range opens at 1.4m per second!) but they also create the optimum seal against the elements – helping to protect your site against heat-loss but also the ingress of dust, pests and other pollutants. 
They are designed to withstand numerous uses and suffer very little wear and tear. In addition, as they are fitted with a safe edge and a safety photocell across its width as standard, it is excellent at reducing accidental collisions. 
How can they control access and manage traffic? 
Rapid Action Doors can be used either externally or internally to help manage traffic flow and access to your site. After all, an open door can be a tempting invitation to any intruder, and this is where a High Speed Door can help to protect your site. Not only can the door open and close swiftly, removing the need to have the door left open for long periods, it is possible to install access control devices such as fobs or remote controls which ensure only authorized personnel can open them. 
If your site is very busy, you might wish to keep your doors open for longer than the standard five second delay. This would mean that any vehicles would have ample time to pass through safely before the door would start to close. 
Installing vision windows and sensors can also help boost safety levels as they combine to help reduce the chances of accidental collisions or damage. Your sensors can be calibrated to recognise and open for only vehicles, meaning far fewer accidental openings by personnel walking past -just ask one of our experts about all the options available to you. 
Are they suitable for food factories and laboratories? 
Rapid Actions are an essential choice for premises that need to maintain a high level of cleanliness – such as clean rooms and food factories. This is because the doors are easy to wipe clean, jet-wash or even hosed down and are relatively low-maintenance as they are much less prone to accidental damage. 
Due to their ability to create a tight seal, they can also help keep unwanted guests out such as insects, dust and pollution and can also help to protect employees against unwanted sound. For all these reasons they are a fantastic choice for any premises – no matter its purpose. 
Rapid Action Doors can also be used to create an air-lock system which allows you to separate two sections of your factory – whether this is to maintain tighter control of loss of ambient heat or to further control the entrance of unwanted pollutants. Ask our experts for more details on whether this would be a good choice for your premises. 
Can you use a Rapid Action as an external door? 
Of course, but you have to ensure that your external High-Speed Door can withstand the elements – especially with the changeability of the UK weather. Your external facing door will come with wind bars which can help protect it against the wind. Depending on the needs or exposure of your site, you can choose a door which is equipped with wind bars which allow it to maintain its rigidity and position even when facing winds up to 70 mph. 
As for security, Rapid Action Doors are usually installed behind your regular roller shutter door and can be interlocked which allows it to be protected and your site to remain safe and secure outside of your site’s working hours. 
I am not sure what type of Door would be best for me – what should I do? 
The key to choosing any door is to be certain you have chosen the right door for the purpose you wish it to serve. If it is to be an external door, you would want it to be robust and contain wind bars to protect it from elemental damage. 
If it is to help control temperature, you will want one that has extra insulation to help maintain a consistent temperature. 
There are lots of choices out there and it can be a little overwhelming. That is where our experts at Stanair can help. We have nearly 50 years of experience within the Industrial Door industry and we will use that expertise to advise you on the best type of door for you and your business needs. Why not call us today to arrange your free visit? 
Sliding security gates installed at a site in Coventry
Insulated rapid action doors ensure that your ambient temperature remains constant as well as helping to save energy 
Car park barriers at a site in Milton Keynes
Windbars and vision windows can help protect not only your external rapid action door but your site, staff and equipment as well. 
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