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Archive for January, 2018

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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