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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.

ENHANCE WORKPLACE SAFETY WITH STRIP CURTAINS

A large percentage of workplace accidents happen at internal entry and exit points as well as at points of transition between various sections in a manufacturing or storage facility. Ensuring optimum visibility will significantly reduce the risks associated with the movement of vehicular traffic in these areas.

This is according to Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, who says that the use of transparent general purpose strip curtains to cordon off doorways and sections of a plant will go a long way to mitigate against risks and improve safety in the workplace.

Locally manufactured Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are produced using specially formulated transparent PVC material which enhances visibility. Individual strips incorporate the company’s patented Balledge® feature which, while ensuring an effective thermal seal at all times, allows the strips to part easily allowing unimpeded movement of personnel or vehicular traffic.

The Balledge® design comprises a reinforced edge on the border of each strip that provides extended life of the strips irrespective of the application in which they are used.

HACCP compliant Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains play a vital role in the food and beverage, pharmaceutical and chemical industries by preventing the ingress of unwanted elements. This requirement is critical in the light of issues such as cross-contamination.

Dessing says that production facilities as well as retail outlets have come to depend on strip curtains to minimise the entrance of dust and heat, while at the same time facilitating easy access for personnel and vehicular traffic.

Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are commonly attached to an overhead hanging rail and provide a cost effective and highly efficient way 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 larger facilities.

“With an in-depth knowledge of the requirements under HACCP, our team is able to customise solutions that consider all design and regulatory elements within an operation,” Dessing concludes.

SOLUTIONS TO COUNTER COLD WEATHER FROM APEX

Large doorways left open to facilitate easy access at manufacturing and storage facilities present challenges in terms of maintaining a pleasant and comfortable working environment.

Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, says that during winter it becomes extremely difficult to maintain a constant temperature with these large openings. “This translates into unpleasant working conditions, negatively affecting productivity, and as the cold weather approaches we are inundated with requests from customers looking at ways to improve both working conditions and employee comfort,” he says.

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors is able to offer solutions including its well-known Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains, high speed doors and impact traffic doors. The wide range of doors and enclosures is specifically designed for applications where the maintenance of consistent temperatures on the work floor is required.

Locally manufactured from specially formulated PVC material, Apex General Purpose Strip Curtains are ideal to cordon off areas within manufacturing facilities, workshops, storage areas or warehouses. This highly effective product is generally fitted on hanging hardware across a door or entrance way on specially made framework.

Each individual PVC strip features the patented Balledge® design ensuring an efficient thermal seal preventing the ingress of cold air into the workplace. The transparent strips allow unimpaired vision into enclosed areas, and part readily under pressure allowing easy access for both equipment and personnel.

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors’ range of high speed doors offers a viable solution for quick and easy access. When installed these contribute significantly to improved productivity. These doors are suitable for a wide variety of applications, including warehousing areas as they do not hinder personnel, forklift or vehicular traffic and, depending on the actual operation, can be either automatically or manually controlled.

The Sector high speed roll-up door, manufactured locally by Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, delivers both functionality and performance. It is robust enough to cope with the intensive demands of heavy and continuous traffic.

The Traffic high speed fold-up doors offers 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.

Installation of both is quick and easy because the support structure contains all the electrical drive gear and a special mechanical counterbalancing system. The doors are controlled by an electronic 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.

Also locally manufactured is the Apex SR 9000 high impact traffic door which complies with all relevant safety, health, environment and quality (SHEQ) standards. The door is made from a 3 mm ABS skin which is impervious to moisture, acids, petroleum products, animal fats, rodents, insects and salt solutions.

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.

Apex Strip Curtains & Doors provides a technical information service assisting customers in selecting the most appropriate door for a particular application.

OPTIMUM SAFETY WITH APEX WELDING AND SAFETY SCREENS

Made from specially formulated PVC material, Apex Welding and Safety Screens will ensure optimum safety in workshop environments, protecting workers from harsh ultra-violet light and dangerous u.v. radiation which occurs during welding and grinding processes.

This locally manufactured safety screen incorporates a heavy-duty ultra-violet light absorber, which safely contains all u.v. radiation in the curtained off area enhancing safety in the environment and providing a high level of protection for workers in close proximity to welding and grinding activities.

Standard tinted PVC. material while offering a visible barrier does not provide adequate protection. Extensive tests conducted by the SABS proved that Apex Welding and Safety Screens are superior to conventional tinted material.

Tested for ultra-violet transmittance, the conventional material gave readings of 0,0005%, 0,008% and 5.0% as opposed to Apex readings of 0,005%, 0,001 and 0,005%. When tested for total visible light transmittance, the tests were conclusive. The conventional material allowed 78%, while the Apex material allowed only 15,5% light transmittance – a dramatic difference.

Apex Welding and Safety Screens are impervious to burning, and this is of particular importance should the material come into contact with welding splatter.

Access to cordoned off areas is easy as the patented Balledge® design on the individual PVC strips facilitates easy access for both personnel and equipment. The strips part on contact and return to their original configuration ensuring an efficient close.

Available in several configurations to suit individual requirements, the most popular version is the freestanding frame that facilitates both easy handling and portability. The screens’ angled feet allow optimum utilisation of the floor space and the screens can be butted together at a 90-degree angle.

In addition to Apex Welding and Safety Screens, the company markets a range of high-speed roll up and fold up doors, which represent a leap forward in warehouse closure systems.

HIGH SPEED DOORS CAN REDUCE ENERGY COSTS

South Africa’s drive for reduced energy consumption should include optimising the efficiency of energy usage across entire supply chains. This is according to Wim Dessing, sales executive at Apex Strip Curtains & Doors, who says the company is seeing an increased call for its technical personnel to assess the functionality of doors being used across manufacturing, warehouse and other storage facilities.

“Long gone are the days of leaving large openings in these types of facilities without any form of closing,” Dessing says. “High speed roll up doors are a popular solution as these allow for rapid opening and closing, and facilitate a more controlled ambient temperature inside a manufacturing or warehousing facility. This contributes significantly to reducing energy costs and ensuring employee comfort.

“Temperature and humidity control are enhanced through the elimination of excessive through flow of warm or cold exterior air into the workspace. As an added benefit, due to their speed of operation, high speed doors reduce the influx of insects and other airborne contaminants that negatively impact on product quality,” Dessing says.

“The doors also offer longer operating life and high safety standards. As a result, our customers see an excellent return on investment while ensuring a better operating environment for personnel.”

Unhindered traffic flow remains a primary concern for businesses. The Apex range of high speed doors incorporates a counterweighted balancing system that not only ensures high standards of performance and safety but also provides fast, semi-automatic reopening.

These high speed doors offer both functionality and performance. They are unobtrusive, yet able to cope with the intensive demands of heavy and continuous traffic. The design features the integration of the actuator, controls, safety devices and balancing systems in one unit for cost efficiency and a reduced footprint.

Doors are available for medium and large entrances, and Dessing says that it is important to consider the size of opening, frequency of opening and closing and the volume of vehicular traffic when selecting a high speed door.

“Our competent team works closely with customers to find a solution that will provide a good cost to performance ratio, and ensure that the most appropriate high speed door is selected for the application,” Dessing concludes.