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SHEQ COMPLIANCE EASY WITH APEX SR900 DOOR

The locally manufactured Apex SR 9000 insulated impact traffic door complies with all relevant safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) standards. And this, according to Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, makes it relatively simple for end-users to be SHEQ compliant.

Each Apex SR 9000 door is locally manufactured by the company to meet specific opening requirements. The door combines functionality with longevity in areas where the movement of pedestrians and goods is particularly high.

Manufactured from a 3 mm ABS skin that retains its physical properties down to temperatures of minus 5°C, the door has been used across a wide range of applications. This includes walk-in cold rooms and similar refrigerated applications. The low maintenance skin is impervious to moisture, acids, petroleum products, animal fats, rodents, insects and salt solutions.

The Apex SR 9000 door’s insulation characteristics are enhanced further by the internal design elements. These include the injection of a high density, non CFC urethane foam into the hollow shell of the door.

Standard vision panels constructed from 3 mm clear polycarbonate sheeting are available in a number of custom sizes. However, the Apex SR 9000 is also available without the vision panel which allows greater flexibility of use.

Additional features include scratch resistance and UBC compatibility for enhanced visibility, and it is available in a choice of six colours.

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has a network of agents throughout South Africa who offer technical and installation support as well as prompt delivery times.

APEX STRIP CURTAINS STOPS COLD AIR IN ITS TRACKS

Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are an inexpensive way to cover a door opening and prevent the ingress of hot or cold air, dust and other pollutants while still allowing easy passage for both personnel and vehicular traffic. This product is ideal for installation in small, medium and large openings. 

Manufactured from specially formulated PVC material that does not become brittle with use, Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are transparent for optimum visibility and safety. This is an important factor when both people and vehicular traffic use the same entrances and exits. 

This locally manufactured strip curtaining product is best known for its patented Balledge® design which, while providing an effective thermal seal, parts easily under pressure to allow people and goods to move through unhindered.

Wim Dessing, sales executive of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, says that the Balledge® design ensures that the individual strips do not snag or scratch goods or people moving through the opening. This feature also strengthens the strips ensuring a longer life even in the harshest applications. 

Apex Strip Curtains are generally used to prevent the ingress of hot or cold air, depending on the season, and this is considered important as comfortable employees are more productive. This, Dessing says, is especially true when hot air is trapped in a warehouse or manufacturing facility causing excessive heat build-up. 

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors was the first company to locally manufacture general purpose strip curtaining in South Africa.

SEAL DOORWAYS BEFORE WINTER BLUES HIT

With winter on the horizon, companies with large doorways that allow easy access will have to find a way of maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures to ensure productive working conditions.

Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains, and the South African pioneer of the use of flexible PVC strips in a number of industrial applications, says that it is important to deal with a reputable company when selecting the most appropriate option to do this.

Dessing’s company offers a range of solutions including the traditional Apex Strip Curtain which features the patented Balledge® design. 

“While general purpose strip curtains will certainly do the job in closing off a doorway and prevent the ingress of cold into a working area, it may not be the most appropriate solution for a particular application,” he says. 

Dessing urges companies to look at alternatives means of sealing doorways and says that the range of products available today cater for both application and budget requirements.

The days of just installing a roller shutter door are long over. The company manufactures a range of fast action roll-up and fold-up doors which are suitable for applications ranging from food preparation and the hospitality industry through to mining and manufacturing. 

All doors have been designed using quality materials and components to offer a product that is safe to operate, extremely rugged and an effective barrier. 

For example, the standard Traffic fold up door, which is ideally suited to provide exterior access in production plants, shipment areas and warehouses, is designed to resist wind loading of up to 50 km/hour. A custom model of the door is also available that can withstand speeds of up to 90 km/hour.

The Traffic door is manufactured from strong self-extinguishing Class 2 fabric which offers excellent thermal insulation and vision windows are incorporated into the panels. The supporting structure is of high quality galvanised steel. Installation is exceptionally quick and easy, because the support structure contains all the electric drive gear and a specialised mechanical counterbalancing system. 

Like other doors in the range, the Traffic door is controlled by an electric unit which complies with all IEC regulations and can be activated by any type of remote control equipment including photocells, pressure sensitive mats, movement detectors or induction loops. To facilitate safety, the door is fitted with a release lever that opens it from either side in the event of a power failure or malfunction.

Safety features have also been incorporated and continuity of operation is ensured by a set of back-up batteries housed close to the electrical control panel. The door has a sensor bar on its lower edge which, in the case of an accidental collision, opens the door immediately no matter what stage in its cycle.

Another fast action roll-up door in the range is the Sector, a panel and window model, which uses the same counterbalancing system. This has an extension spring activated by a release lever to facilitate semi-automatic re-opening. 

“All the doors are engineered for extensive opening and closing actions, and require virtually no maintenance,” Dessing says. “However, it is vital that the correct door be selected and factors such as doorway size and the type and volume of traffic moving through this opening must be considered in the purchasing decision.”

Apex Strip Curtains provides a technical information service to assist companies in selecting the most appropriate door. Installation and commissioning is also part of the package.

AFFORDABLE SOLUTION IN VARIOUS APPLICATIONS

According to Wim Dessing, sales executive of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, high quality PVC strip curtains offer an affordable solution in various applications where dirt, dust or insects need to be kept out and hygiene, humidity, temperature and noise need to be controlled.

Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are equally at home in heavy engineering and light fabrication facilities as well as packaging and warehouse operations. Significantly, these locally manufactured strip curtains feature a patented Balledge® design which facilitates an optimal thermal seal. 

The specially formulated PVC material used to produce these high quality strips is transparent making it ideal not only for doorways and similar openings, but also for cordoning off areas within a facility. 

Dessing cites as an example instances where the product has been used to enclose loud machinery to contain noise levels or where it is used to control the level of humidity where this is critical to the quality of finished products. 

“Tests have shown that PVC strip curtains can reduce noise levels by between seven and fifteen decibels, and this certainly assists in improving working conditions,” he says.

Being transparent is a major safety advantage as using strip curtains does not impede visibility or obstructing operations.

In packaging and warehousing operations where keeping the temperature at specific optimum levels is critical, use of strip curtains has proved valuable. Applications where temperature control is important also include food preparation areas, cold storage and freezer areas, as well as refrigerated trucks. In such facilities, PVC strip curtains are also effective in keeping out dust and insects thereby maintaining high levels of hygiene.

Similarly, in pharmaceutical and chemical plants PVC strip curtains are used to ensure hygienic and dust-free manufacturing and packaging areas.

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors has been manufacturing PVC strip curtains since 1981, and the company’s team is able to assess individual applications and propose the best fit solution to meet the operating parameters. 

HIGH SPEED TRAFFIC DOORS FROM APEX CONTAIN DUST

Efficient processes rely on a predominantly dust-free environment in industrial minerals processing plants. By containing and reducing the ingress of dust, companies experience higher levels of productivity and lower levels of maintenance and downtime. Many such facilities have realised the benefits of installing high speed fold-up or roll-up traffic doors from Apex Strip Curtains & Doors.

In a particular application at a cement production plant, the installation of high speed doors provided the optimal solution in reducing dust deposits. Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors explains that the cement plant was experiencing an issue with the dust deposited by the incoming coal deliveries.

“A rail line runs alongside the plant and when the coal tipper stops at the siding to offload coal, a large amount of dust was filtering into the surrounding atmosphere. This dust was then carried by the air currents into the plant, Dessing says. Coal dust is very abrasive and ensuing problems included the unwanted coal dust causing damage to equipment resulting in increased unplanned stoppages with negative effects on product integrity and quality.

The locality and operation called for doors that would offer wind-resistance and that would effectively contain the dust. The solution provided was the installation of two Apex high speed fold-up Traffic doors. These are constructed from strong self-extinguishing Class 2 fabric, and in this instance the doors are 4.7 metres high, with a combined width of 5.5 metres.

In another application, it was necessary to facilitate access into the product processing area while still preventing the ingress of contaminants from outside. At this customer, materials handling equipment needs to occasionally move in and out, and the installation of Apex high speed doors has facilitated the process but still allowed the doorway to remain closed for most of the time.

High speed traffic doors are the perfect option where doors need to be opened for short periods of time to allow the passage of vehicles. The doors in this particular application are activated by a manually operated push button, allowing fast and easy entrance and exit of the coal tippers.

Dessing says that not only have the Apex Traffic doors contributed to a cleaner working environment at the plant, but they do not in any way interfere in the coal offloading process. The doors were seamlessly integrated into the tipper offloading area and to date they have operated faultlessly and have met the required client expectations.

EVEN IN TOUGH TIMES, APEX SAFETY SCREENS MEAN NO COMPROMISE

Poor economic conditions – exacerbated by the Covid-19 lockdown – have tempted many manufacturers to cut back unwisely on health and safety facilities, risking the sustainability of their enterprises.

According to Wim Dessing, sales executive of Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, South Africa already has disproportionally high rates of injuries at work – despite having advanced occupational health and safety (OHS) laws.

“The difficult trading environment certainly makes for tough financial decisions, but safety should always be a priority,” says Dessing. “Employees are the backbone of any business’s capacity to produce and meet deadlines, so they need constant protection – not to mention the regular compliance inspections by the Department of Labour.”

In factories where grinding and welding are carried out, for instance, some manufacturers may resort to makeshift protective structures where solid wall barriers are not feasible to counter UV radiation and weld splatter. These structures might comprise wooden or metal partitions, or even opaque canvas sheeting. They do not comply with the OHS Act, he emphasises, and provide well below-par protection for workers.

“Rather, the responsible route is to install Apex Welding & Safety Screens – which effectively protect workers from weld splatter and fumes, as well as from harmful ultra-violet radiation,” he says. “The screens are manufactured from a specially formulated PVC material, proven by SABS tests to be superior to conventional materials.”

The screens are available in various configurations, the most popular being a freestanding frame for easy handling and portability. They absorb, scatter and filter light for safer working environment, both for the welder and for others in the vicinity. SABS tests show that the screens are more effective than conventional materials for UV transmittance, protecting workers against long-term skin exposure and impact on eyesight.

Dessing notes that the feet of the screens are angled to allow the best use of floor space, and they can be positioned perpendicular to each other.

THE FUNCTIONAL HEAVY DUTY IMPACT TRAFFIC DOOR

The Apex SR 9000 heavy duty impact traffic door combines functionality with longevity and allows easy movement of pedestrians and goods. The locally manufactured door also manages to blend into any environment as a result of its sleek, modern design.

Many market sectors require an attractive looking door, but need one that is robust and can withstand constant traffic moving through the opening. This is according to Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, who says this particular insulated traffic door has found popularity as it is also a cost effective option.

“We actually find that customers often specify this particular door upfront, as it has an established reputation for quality construction and durability,” he says.

The door is manufactured from a 3 mm ABS skin which retains its physical properties down to temperatures of minus 40°C. The low maintenance skin is impervious to moisture, acids, petroleum products, animal fats, rodent, insects and salt solutions.

The door’s insulation characteristics are enhanced by its high-density, non-CFC urethane foam core. The patented honeycomb framework and flexible urethane foam insulation provide optimum stability and superior soundproofing qualities.

Standard vision panels, constructed from 3 mm clear polycarbonate sheeting, are available in a number of custom sizes and are scratch-resistant and UBC compatible for enhanced visibility. Windows can be mounted in various positions on the door, and double pane vision panels can be installed for use in refrigerated areas.

Dessing says wear is always an issue on impact doors, and to prevent excessive wear on the perimeter edges the door panels are bull nosed with a minimum radius of 8 mm. This significantly reduces maintenance on the doors.

The Apex SR 9000 doors are mounted on an internal welded steel perimeter with corner gussets, using a CMI type ‘V’ gravity hinging system. Gasket keys are moulded in place and retain gasketing without the use of screws, rivets or other fasteners. High bumpers are also fitted to the door panel to further absorb impact from forklift trucks and carts. This also reduces stress on hardware and mount assemblies.

INSULATED TRAFFIC DOOR MAKES AN IMPACT

With greater emphasis placed on ease of access into and out of areas in the workplace, the Apex SR 9000 insulated impact traffic door stands out as product that will meet these needs, give years of dependable service and still look good.

This fully gasketed heavy duty impact swing door is locally manufactured by Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, and can be customised to meet specific requirements. Lightweight but robust, the Apex SR 9000 door is engineered to withstand heavy traffic and impact, but still maintain an attractive appearance with minimal maintenance required.

The door’s patented “honeycomb” framework and flexible urethane foam insulation ensures optimum stability. Superior soundproofing qualities are achieved by injecting high density non-CFRC urethane core into the hollow shell of the door.

The door is fitted with high bumpers to further absorb impact from man-ridden vehicles and carts. This also reduces stress on hardware and mount assemblies.

The perimeter edges on the door panels are bull nosed with a minimum radius of 8 mm to prevent excessive wear on the edges. The seal complements the insulated core reducing energy flow between environments, another plus factor on this locally made door.

The rugged 3 mm ABS outer facing of the Apex SR 9000 door is available in a variety of colours and it is impervious to moisture, acid, petroleum products, salt solutions, animal fats and insects. It retains its physical properties in temperatures as low as minus 40º C and it will not chip dent, peel, pit or corrode.

All Apex Strip Curtains & Doors products are manufactured in accordance with international standards using materials that comply with stringent hygiene and safety criteria.

HIGH SPEED DOORS OFFER CONTACTLESS OPERATION WITH INCREASED PRODUCTIVITY

With companies under pressure to ensure as contactless operation as possible, automated high speed doors are becoming a viable option. Not only does use of this type of door increase productivity, but it will allow the opening and closing function to be done without the need for personnel to touch the actual door.

This is according to Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors that says there has been an increase in enquiries for these high speed doors with interest being shown predominantly from manufacturing operations as well companies in the storage and warehousing sector.

“High speed doors, unlike the conventional roller shutter door, are quick and easy to open, and the entire process can be automated, significantly improving productivity and importantly hygiene,” Dessing says. “Reducing unnecessary standing time for equipment and vehicles carrying goods enables companies to enhance their supply chain logistics with further knock-on benefits.”

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors is the leading local manufacturer and supplier of a wide range of door products including high speed roll-up and fold up doors, general purpose strip curtains and welding and safety screens.

Dessing emphasises that apart from the obvious cost savings another major advantage when dealing with a local manufacturer is the vastly reduced lead times.

High speed roll-up and fold-up doors are suitable for a wide variety of applications. The doors do not hinder personnel, forklift or vehicular traffic.

The Sector high speed roll-up door, manufactured by Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, delivers both functionality and performance. These compact doors are robust enough to cope with the intensive demands of heavy and continuous traffic and feature an integral unit incorporating the actuator, controls, safety devices and balancing systems. Sector doors are structurally flexible with transparent or coloured interchangeable panels.

The company’s range of Traffic high speed fold-up doors offer a sturdy, dependable and modular solution for medium and large entrances such as shipment and warehouse areas, and are particularly suited to conditions where wind is a factor.

Made from strong self-extinguishing Class 2 fabric with excellent thermal insulation properties, this door has been designed to resist a wind loading of up to 50 km per hour. The supporting structure is manufactured from high quality galvanised steel to ensure optimum durability and, if the application requires it vision windows can be incorporated in the panels.

A counterweighted balancing system ensures high standards of performance and safety. The built-in automation unit protects the components from wear caused by the elements.

The Traffic high speed doors are controlled by an electronic unit that complies with all IEC regulations. It can be activated by any type of remote control equipment including photocells, pressure sensitive mats, movement detectors or induction loops.

All Apex Strip Curtains & Doors products are manufactured in accordance with international standards using materials that comply with stringent hygiene and safety criteria.

DURABLE AND FLEXIBLE APEX STRIP CURTAINS FOR ALL APPLICATIONS

The patented Balledge® design on Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains not only ensures an effective thermal seal, it also makes the locally manufactured product very durable.

Made from specially formulated PVC material that retains its flexibility irrespective of the environment or temperate where the strips are used, Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains have found use in numerous applications across the country.

Wim Dessing, sales executive at the company, says the Balledge® is essentially a reinforced edge on the side of each strip and it prevents snagging and scratching of people and foods as they pass through.

“The Balledge® is what provides extended strip life, even after years of use, and because the material is transparent visibility is enhanced making it safe to use for covering doorways and cordoning off areas within a facility,” Dessing says.

Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are commonly attached to an overhead hanging rail and provide a cost effective and highly efficient means of separating atmospherically critical areas from temperature extremes and environmental pollutants. In addition to their obvious use at entrance and exit points, the industrial PVC strip curtains are also becoming increasingly popular as a means of temporarily partitioning areas within large facilities.

The use of flexible PVC strips in industrial applications was pioneered more than 40 years ago by Apex Strip Curtains & Doors. “An important characteristic of our specially formulated PVC material is that the Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains do not become brittle with use, which means that they easily outlast inferior products,” Dessing says.

In addition to controlling the influx of hot or cold air, Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains also reduce the dust levels as well as prevent the ingress of birds, rodents and insects. The strip curtains are able to prevent the passage of unwanted contaminants in industries where hygiene and cleanliness are critical, while still permitting the unhindered and safe passage of people and forklift trucks. Additional benefits include the reduction of noise levels from both inside and outside the facility in question.

The strips are available on a metre by metre basis, or as complete installation together with hanging hardware. Apex Strip Curtains & Doors is represented throughout South Africa by a network of agents that also offer technical and installation support.