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Motorized Doors

Motorized Doors Proper interior doors provide a simple function, but when they are not installed correctly or do not operate in the best manner, they become a safety hazard. Any building owner – whether commercial or residential – must take specific care to realize when there are risks associated with these doors. Once it is understood what those risks are, taking steps to fix the underlying problem is essential.

There are several common types of safety hazards associated with interior doors to monitor on a routine basis.

Crushing Hazard

Any motorized door has a risk of creating a crushing hazard. Motorized doors that do not operate properly in a commercial building are commonly associated with crushing when sensors do not perform the way they should. Maintain proper function of the door by ensuring sensors operate correctly to avoid this risk.

Pinching Fingers

Another common sensor problem occurs with the pinching of fingers. An individual reaching to open the door, or not monitoring their hand movements, can often create this type of risk. This pinching hazard can, in some cases, lead to the loss of fingertips or other significant injuries.

If you are looking for alternative information about door safety, Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Torsion Spring

Commercial Door ServiceA torsion spring is a relatively new door opening spring, as compared to the traditional expansion springs, that works by twisting, which in turn, exerts torque in the opposite direction that is proportional to how much it was twisted. Commercial and industrial torsion springs are used in warehouses, loading docks, and a variety of other locations that require large overhead doors. Because of the wide range of applications, door sizes, and door weights, the torsion springs on commercial and industrial doors vary widely in size and lift.

Torsion springs are used in the placement within spring bars that are mounted on the inside of the door itself. They use a center bracket, as well as a drum with a cable, which runs down the sides of the door to the bottom bracket. This allows for the cables to wind around the drum as the door opens, effectively providing the force needed to lift the door. Contrary to an extension spring, which expands and contracts, a torsion spring turns, which makes it a more durable and efficient method for opening heavy commercial doors.

Because of their large number of uses, and the different door sizes and weights available on the market, torsion springs for commercial doors come in a wide range of sizes. It is also noteworthy that commercial doors may require single, duplex and triplex springs. Duplex torsion springs are those in which a smaller spring is placed inside a larger one, with both of them working together. This results in less space being needed on the shaft. Triplex springs are of the same principle except for the number of springs, which in this case is three.

The number of springs used on a particular door will depend on its height and width, as well as the type of shaft and number of brackets. In some cases, a commercial vertical lift door will only require one bracket, while others will need two or more to function correctly. Sometimes, very wide doors will demand the use of several springs placed in a linear manner, which leads to the use of multiple anchor brackets.

One of the great benefits to using torsion springs on commercial doors is their availability. If one of the springs on the door breaks over time, it can be easily replaced by another one without having to change the entire door opening system, therefore reducing maintenance costs and time invested in the repair itself.

If you are looking for alternative information on Torsion Springs Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Automatic Doors

Automatic DoorsYou might not realize it but installing automatic doors in the front of your grocery store or business actually has several different benefits. Not only can installing automatic doors improve the public’s overall perception of your business, but the doors are typically a lot more convenient for both your customers and your employees.

Energy Savings

If you’re concerned about the energy efficiency of your store, installing automatic doors might be a good option for you. Because they open and close when triggered, you don’t have to worry about the heat or cold air escaping your store because someone inadvertently left the door open. Also, the tight secure seals surrounding automatic doors work as kind of an airlock — they keep the warm and cool air inside without letting unnecessary drafts inside.

Accessibility

Automatic doors make getting in and out of your store a lot easier, especially for employees corralling carts from the parking lot. Also, guests who are toting children, strollers, and several bags will appreciate not having to open large metal doors as they come and go from your business. Additionally, when deciding whether or not to install automatic doors, you need to consider the amount of foot traffic your store gets. Any place with large volumes of traffic on a regular basis benefits from installing automatic doors. When they open and close automatically, it keeps traffic moving, preventing a crowd from gathering around the door.

Safety and Control

Automatic doors help lower your store’s safety risks and give you more control. Because the doors automatically trigger, you don’t need to worry about the door slamming shut on a child’s fingers or hitting someone accidentally. Instead, they slide safely to the side, preventing unnecessary injuries. Also, they are easy to turn on and off, letting you control access to your store. At closing time, your employees only shut the doors off to keep guests from entering your shop.

While the decision to install automatic doors is up to you, the benefits outweigh the risks. Keep people safe, make your store more accessible, and conserve energy by installing automatic doors.

If you are looking for alternative information about automatic doors and keeping your entrance secure, Vortex is here to help! As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Dock Leveler Safety

Dock Leveler SafetyLoading dock levelers present potentially dangerous conditions, and as a business owner, you have to maintain a safe working environment. Managing dock leveler safety can be a difficult task because people, vehicles, and material are constantly in motion. However, this doesn’t mean it’s impossible.

Worker safety can be further protected by installing a few pieces of equipment on the dock and by engaging in specific safety procedures. Businesses that regularly use a dock leveler for loading and unloading cargo should incorporate the following equipment and safety procedures to better ensure the safety of their employees.

Equipment

Three pieces of equipment are proven to improve employee and cargo safety when used in conjunction with a dock leveler.

  • Chocks – Even the slight movement of a truck can result in injury to a dock worker. Traditional wheel chocks are a straightforward means to ensure that a vehicle will not move during the loading or unloading process.
  • Mirrors – Trucks need to back into docks. Mirrors installed around the dock make it easier for the truck drivers to pull in to a dock safely.
  • Bumpers – If a truck strikes a dock, the resulting impact could topple cargo. Bumpers installed on the dock soften the occasional impact, protecting cargo.

Dock Lever Maintenance

Like any piece of mechanical equipment, a dock leveler can degrade over time. This degradation could result in failures, which may cause injury or damage. Regular maintenance greatly reduces this threat.

Safety Procedures

The following safety procedures should be followed at all times for maximum safety:

  • Always use a spotter when moving cargo with forklifts.
  • Keep the area clear of slippery substances, extraneous equipment, or people while loading or unloading.
  • Always confirm dock plate load capacity before loading or unloading.

Protecting Cargo and People

Creating a smooth transition between the lip of a truck and the edge of a dock is just the first step in protecting both cargo and dock workers. Following simple safety protocols and using additional safety equipment is critical for optimal protection.

As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers , warehouse door installation and repairs, fire door services, dock leveler and dock equipment service and repair, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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Commercial Door

Avoid Commercial Door DamageThe entrance to a business is the first impression customers have and also the first line of defense against theft or vandalism. Unfortunately, the doors of many companies are often neglected or damaged, which can have consequences business owner do not want.

There are several avoidable things that property owners do that damage their doors. Proper and timely preventative maintenance can keep the business entrance looking fresh and enticing, as well as protecting the storefront and keep energy costs in line. Here are some ways that businesses damage the doors on their property, and how to avoid causing further damage in the future.

Foreign Objects in the Way

Planters and decorative pots make an entryway look fresh and inviting. When placed correctly shrubbery displays bring attention to a storefront and make it look unique. Be careful when setting outdoor decor near the entrance – a loose door may swing into it and break the pot or damage the door. Instead, test the door with a few careful swings before finding a final place for plants and displays.

Narrow Entrances

Small, narrow or recessed entrances do not provide doors a lot of room to swing. For businesses that are off the sidewalk, consider installing a door bumper on the outside walls. The door will gently bounce off the outer wall. Installing pneumatic door closures will also allow the door to shut gently, instead of swing, which will help prevent foot traffic from opening or closing the door.

Misaligned Doors

Doors that are hung off-center will become damaged over time. The doors can stick in the door frame and may become chipped. Periodic checks and maintenance inspections will help make sure it remains hanging correctly.

Neglecting Weather Stripping

The rubber weather seal around outside doors protects the frame from weather and moisture buildup. It also ensures a tight door closure. Over time, however, this seal can become loose or cracked. Part of proper preventative maintenance on doors includes checking the condition of the weather stripping, adhesion, and replacing it when needed. Good seals on exterior doors help keep the temperature regulated inside, saving the business money on heating and cooling.

There are several ways that businesses inadvertently damage their exterior doors. Fortunately, the ones mentioned above can be avoided with proper care, preventative maintenance, and a little caution.

For more information on preventative door maintenance, please contact us. As a family owned and operated business since 1937, Vortex is committed to providing you a fast and thorough response to your needs. Vortex offers entrance door repairs, warehouse door installations, fire door installations, ADA compliance inspections and low-cost preventive maintenance inspections. For more information, contact Vortex Doors online or call 800-698-6783.

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