High-speed roll-up doors are a type of door system used in business and industrial applications. The Door and Access Systems Manufacturing Association (DASMA) defines high-performance, high-speed doors as powered, sliding or rolling, high-cycle (75-100 openings/closing cycles per day) doors with breakaway features and requiring minimal maintenance. High-speed doors are characterized as having durable construction, able to open and close at high speeds (hence the name), operate smoothly, and having either a horizontal or vertical orientation.
For businesses and manufacturing facilities, high-speed roll-up doors are an essential component for partitioning important, dangerous, or specialized areas inside of a building. They’re employed wherever products, materials, personnel are trafficked or move through a facility, where the doors are required to fulfill a specific purpose. Depending on their intended purpose, high-speed roll-up doors offer a facility or business increased volume processing, efficiency, and smooth logistical flows. In particular, due to their rapid opening and closing, they do an excellent job controlling “air exchange” from different parts of a building, which is key when energy efficiency and hygiene standards are critical. As far as design, high-speed roll-up doors can rigid (i.e. stainless steel), flexible (PVC plastic), or composite materials as required.
High-speed roll-up doors perform numerous useful functions, thus they have utility in a wide variety of industries:
Clean Room Operations – Cleanroom doors must prevent unnecessary airflow and prevent the spread of airborne contaminants from a common area of a facility into a sterile one. This feature is especially important in electronic, semiconductor, research and pharmaceutical industries.
Food and Beverage Industries – For beverage manufacturing, high-speed doors are used to create “airlock” solutions, which are crucial for maintaining steady temperature and pressure measurements. In food processing, strict hygiene standards are imperative, so rapid open/closing and easy-to-clean stainless steel doors are employed. Doors used in this capacity must also stand up well to cleaning agents, and be easy to disinfect.
Automotive Industries – High speed doors are employed to facilitate smooth logistical flows of people, machines, and materials from one part of the facility to the other. They also serves security function, preventing personnel from entering unauthorized areas of the facility.
Production facilities – In facilities where corrosive and noxious materials are used, spark-inducing welding operations occur, and generally inhospitable environmental conditions (such as extreme heat or cold) are necessary, high-speed roll-up doors can effectively partition those operating areas from safer employee locations.
In sum, there are dozens more applications for high-speed roll-up doors across a multitude of industries, with the above being among the most common. And as advances in door system technology continue bring computerized, laser-guided, sensor controlled, and robotics-laden high-speed roll-up doors to various industries, they will continue to be an indispensable part of facility design in every business imaginable.