A high speed industrial roller shutter door, newly installed at Brita Water Filter’s busy manufacturing and logistics centre in Bicester, has been shown to reduce energy losses, keep rodents out and improve safety through higher natural light levels. Brita is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water filters for domestic and commercial use.
Founded in Germany fifty years ago, it now has manufacturing and distribution facilities around the world, including the United Kingdom. A leading innovator in its field, Brita is constantly developing its products and technologies. Its manufacturing site in Bicester, Oxon supplies the company’s global distribution network, so has a constant flow of goods inward and outward throughout its five day working week. At goods inwards there are four loading bays fitted with dock levellers, plus one level travel route into the building. Warehouse Manager, Bryan Edwards, says that efficiency and reliability of the loading bays are key to smooth operations throughout the whole plant.
“The level bay has an outer roller door plus a PVC inner door,” he says. “Originally, the latter was transparent but, after many years of operation, it was turning opaque. This meant the loading bay lights were switching on automatically more and more often, and I was also beginning to worry that door’s reliability would become an issue. So I started to look for replacement options.”
Bryan approached several potential suppliers, saying he required a high quality solution that was suitable for temperature control, to improve energy efficiency, and ingress protection, with a particular emphasis on rodent control. One of the companies interested in the project was sara LBS, whose Area Sales Manager, Alan Ryder, instantly appreciated that the busy site would require a solution which would reliably perform multiple cycles per day for many years of operation.
He assessed the situation and realised that a sara LBS Sprint 392 roller shutter door would provide the ideal solution. However, instead of simply submitting a proposal, Alan arranged for Bryan and some colleagues to visit a number of actual Sprint 392 installations in the local area.