From its headquarters in Coalville, Leicestershire, Hörmann UK is setting the standard, not only through a top-class range of industrial doors, but more recently in the ever-increasing loading bay equipment market.
Hormann continues to be a major supplier for the distribution centres and retail parks which continue to be built across the country and Hörmann UK have an unparalleled portfolio of products which can be specifically tailored to suit the individual needs of any operation.
This significant increase in demand for Hörmann products has necessitated the recent extension of the UK headquarters at Coalville and the site now boasts a floor space of 12,000 sq metres.
The industrial door portfolio has grown over the years to include; sectional overhead doors, roller shutter doors, folding doors, high speed doors, multi-purpose doors and fire doors.
Commercial Director of Hörmann UK’s Industrial Section, Alan Jenkins, believes that it is the quality product manufactured by Hörmann that has ensured massive success for the company in the UK market.
“It goes without saying that German engineering has a reputation for quality and very high standards. This renowned standard of quality is apparent in all Hörmann products and this has certainly been the driving factor behind the success of the entire Hörmann Group.”
One recent example was when Hörmann was charged with helping ASDA produce a low energy solution to storage and distribution. Hörmann installed 14 High Speed Insulated Spiral Doors at ASDA’s newly built 30,000 square metre warehouse and distribution centre in Didcot.
The spiral doors compliment the 57 Hörmann loading bays with 1000mm long telescopic lip dock levelers, full panoramic vision panels in the loading bay doors, Hörmann’s self adjusting dock buffers and another new product to Hörmann, the wheel-lock system which locks a vehicle to the bay whilst loading is taking place.
The High Speed Spiral door – HSS, is a relatively new, but already popular, product and is now offered with insulated panels and colour coated. It operates as a high speed door with up to 3m/s opening but has the advantages of being insulated and offering security when closed. It therefore, uniquely, provides all the benefits that would normally require two traditional doors; a curtain fabric door fast acting in the day, insulated sectional for night security into one.
Another benefit is that the doors are level access to allow side offloading of ASDA goods in delivery vehicles. Operated by an induction loop, the fork lift travels over but, to prevent damage and excess wear rather than close immediately after the fork lift has left the loop area, it will stay open for a maximum period of 10 minutes – which is enough time for the fork lift to travel to the vehicle, collect a pallet and return or place the pallet in the racking.
Alan Jenkins, explained; “ASDA was determined to have a building that would operate as efficiently as possible, both in terms of energy usage and operational, as well as continuing to exceed their exemplary safety record.”
As Hörmann’s continues to expand its portfolio and look at increased safety features, it has developed its new Wheelblocker which locks the vehicle to the loading bay whilst loading is taking place. This has been welcomed as an excellent new safety feature by the distribution industry.
Alan Jenkins, said; “In general, with loading bays, there are a number of potential hazards, such as fork lift trucks falling from the dock, this is caused by truck and trailer creeping away from the loading dock, which can cause the lip of the dock leveler to lose contact with the vehicle bed.”
Hörmann’s new Wheelblocker provides the ideal solution. This device is designed to keep the truck and trailer securely located against the dock, only releasing the trailer when the loading/unloading process is complete. Other types of accidents involving loading bays can be avoided by the use of markings or wheel guides being in place to aid the vehicle driver when parking.
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