sara LBS examines the benefits of automated doors

  • 21 Jan 2015

Doors can open slowly in some situations but in others, automated detectors must be configured to ensure traffic is able to flow safely and freely

sara LBS believes that automated doors can maintain order whilst ensuring safety and enhancing productivity in warehouses and loading bays.

Automated door systems can be versatile: when security or hygiene is an issue, the system’s opening times can be minimised and optimised again in time for the arrival of vehicles, people and goods.

Automated door systems are also able to assess its surroundings and adapt to the conditions it is in. In winter, for example, the door can keep shut to preserve heat, whilst in summer, it can open to do the opposite.

sara LBS believes that identifying the best configuration is best done with support from automated door experts.

Automated door systems

There are many different automatic door systems available, from those that work by detecting events as they happen to those that are fed data from an automated production line.

Some systems are suitable for fitting to an existing door whilst other are completely integrated.

sara LBS believes that identifying the best configuration is best done with support from automated door experts

Considering movement detection, there are many types of motion sensors available, from radar to pressure pads to photoelectric switches. They have been designed to detect approaching movement and activate the doors accordingly.

Loading bay door controls can also be integrated with traffic lights, gates and barriers, so that they open automatically as lorries approach.

Automated doors and safety

Automated loading bay doors can be installed into warehouses to improve the safety of the site.

Using photocells or other technologies, the doors can be programmed to detect obstructions and stop moving. This prevents people or objects from getting trapped in the doors as they close.

sara LBS offers a safety beam, which runs ahead of the door and can detect possible obstructions before contact is made.

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