Roller Shutters: Electric vs. Manual

Roller shutters are a robust and extremely secure solution for the majority of industrial applications. As they open and close in a vertical fashion, they require very little space to operate as opposed to those that open ‘outwards’. A very popular choice for obvious reasons, but bear in mind they come in several different forms, and the right roller shutters for you will depend on individual premises needs.

Electric and manual roller shutters are two of the main types, so what’s the difference? How do you know which one will suit your business perfectly? Let’s take a look:

Electric Roller Shutters:

Electric roller shutter doors are controlled remotely, with the push of a button and are powered by a small motor. The control buttons could be mounted on a wall panel in a convenient place to operate, or for maximum convenience can be in handheld remote control form. If energy efficiency is a large part of your business operations and strategies, these doors can even be solar powered as opposed to connected to the main electricity supply. Battery powered roller shutters are also an option.

Convenience is key here – you can open and close these doors when required at the push of a button, wherever you are. They can also be installed with safety sensors to give you peace of mind.

To save time and maximise efficiency within the workplace, electric roller shutters are an excellent option.

Manual Roller Shutters:

Manual roller shutter doors may be a more affordable option for many, but do not come with the convenience and ease of use that the electrical form hold. They are operated manually using mechanisms such as cranks or winders, so depending on how often these doors are used throughout the day, opening and closing these doors is a physical and time consuming job.

Manual roller shutters will need regular maintenance to keep mechanisms working safely and properly. Electric roller shutters however are more at risk of mechanical and motor based malfunctions, and will need extra care, maintenance and if any problems are identified could hold much greater repair costs.

As manual doors require no electrics, they also an extremely environmentally friendly option.

It’s important to consider several different components before choosing your roller shutters. Of course, it’s always beneficial to seek the help of industrial door professionals if you are at all in doubt, but think about your budget, your business needs and of course energy saving to find the perfect solution for you.

Roller shutter fire doors are also available, built to withstand heat up to 1150 degrees centigrade. These will give you peace of mind that you, your employees and your business premises are as safe as possible should fire occur

Contact IDS for more information on industrial and commercial electric, manual and fire roller shutter doors – we’ll help you find the perfect solution.

Maintaining Your Warehouse Successfully

To run a warehouse is a complex operation and contrary to popular thought, it involves much more than mere logistics. Besides the storage and distribution of stock, there are other issues to be taken into consideration such as security and handling. A major hazard is fire – especially if you store materiawarehouse maintenance and securityls that are of a flammable nature.  Then there is always the added threat of burglary from external or even internal sources at times.

Some of the main warehouse security issues to be aware of are as follows:

Materials Stored

The kinds of materials that are stored can be expensive or pose a fire hazard. Switch on the telly and you are bound to hear news reports of a fire breakout at one of the numerous warehouses across the city. The main cause is lack of proper storage of flammable materials and at times inadequate fire prevention measures being in place. There needs to be a modern detection system in place with smoke detectors and fire sprinklers installed and working effectively. An equally vital area to focus on is the installation of industrial fire doors at all entry and exit points of the warehouse as these help to contain any conflagration. Any lack of these preventive measures can lead to a severe loss of assets.

Security Measures 

These include electronic surveillance equipment to maintain a vigil and security personnel employed to guard the warehouse and its contents. Having the right surveillance equipment installed in the right areas and monitored on a 24/7 basis, 365 days of the year will serve as a strong deterrent to theft. Also remember to notify employees of the surveillance measures as this will prevent any in-house issues. You need to have a security patrol on duty to further strengthen security measures at the site – especially if there are no employees on the premises during the night.

Training of Staff

The staff needs to be well trained to carry out their roles and responsibilities effectively. This includes training them on proper storage methods for materials that pose a fire hazard as well as responding to any emergencies in a calm and organised manner. In case there are any flammable materials stored, such as chemicals, they should receive thorough training on handling such materials safely and be provided with the necessary protective gear as well. Regular fire assessments and evacuation drills need to be conducted quarterly or biannually.

Reliable Employees

As theft is a major concern, the staff employed need to be trustworthy and reliable. Another way to prevent theft is by having regular stock checks done. For a large warehouse this may be a challenge but it can be done in a systematic way by being divided into sections with responsible individuals assigned the task of inspecting the respective inventories. Prospective staff must be vetted thoroughly along with background checks to confirm reliability before being employed. Any lapses need to be dealt with strictly and in accordance with the law.

Industrial Door Systems are able to help you with any questions your may have about reliable security and fire doors and their need for regular maintenance checks.