Stertil Door Products is attracting unprecedented interest and orders for its latest generation of FlexiEdge fast-action doors. Originally introduced to the UK market in 2013, the new FlexiEdge models continue to provide exceptional safety plus unrivalled resistance to wind, weather and impact damage.
As one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of loading bay equipment, the proven range of Stertil doors has been designed and developed to meet the demands of every kind of application and environment. These doors include Thermadoor sectional insulated doors, roller shutters and pedestrian doors. However, the most well known model in the company’s extensive door range is the RapidRoll which, at its launch in 1961, was the world’s first high-speed industrial door. The FlexiEdge was conceived to complement and further advance the existing door range by offering a unique combination of innovative features and significant user benefits.
The latest FlexiEdge models comprise 16 models of different types and styles including internal and external doors, all-weather doors, cleanroom and freezer/coldroom doors plus emergency exit doors incorporating breakthrough curtains. Standard models are available in widths up to 11 metres and heights of 5.5 metres whilst bespoke and special sizes may be specified.
Featuring revolutionary design, the new FlexiEdge doors are manufactured from top quality materials including galvanised steel for structural strength allied to reinforced polyethylene side guides. The door curtains, which have been developed to offer flexibility and durability, incorporate no rigid elements. A hi-tech manufacturing process involves the insertion of reinforced polyester within a PVC sandwich to produce a high strength yet lightweight door curtain. These curtains are available in a wide range of standard RAL colours and various style options that include vision panels and windows, translucent curtains, insulated versions for chiller/freezer applications and fly screen curtains. Many of these may also be specified to incorporate company names, logos and other types of corporate branding.
Simple operation of the new FlexiEdge doors is assured via a user-friendly push button control box incorporating an innovative self diagnosis feature. The range provides standard travel speeds up to 2.7 metres per second (opening) and 1.2 metres per second (closing) to speed work cycles and increase productivity. Frequency inverter motors and encoders ensure ultra smooth operation whilst a manual hand crank has been incorporated for use in the event of a mains power failure.
FlexiEdge fast-action doors have been designed to set new standards of safety. The door curtain is fully flexible with a soft bottom edge which not only self-adjusts to seal on an uneven floor but also avoids any possibility of causing injury to users. In addition, the incorporation of an infra-red photocell, fitted 300mm above floor level, supported by a bottom edge wireless detector ensures instant halting of all door movement in the event of sensing an obstruction of any kind. Also, the flexible soft-edge curtain provides maximum resistance to damage caused by a vehicle collision. If the door edges are knocked out by the collision, they are automatically re-inserted in the side guides as the door opens.
A wide range of activation systems allows maximum versatility of FlexiEdge doors in many different applications. Alternatives to the standard push button pads include wired and wireless pull cords, key switches, induction loops, photocells, radar, radio or infra-red transmitters, presence detectors and touchless hand-wave detectors. Depending on the requirements of individual applications, the most appropriate activation method may be specified to ensure that the doors may be used intensively to meet the needs of the busiest high traffic areas.
The environmental benefits of the FlexiEdge range are unrivalled. Speed of operation minimises ‘open time’ thereby reducing heat loss from the building, conserving energy and lowering CO2 emissions. This, in turn has a very positive effect on payback times and Stertil Door Products can provide a cost analysis for specific installations to demonstrate achievable savings. Also, rapid opening times help to maintain internal temperatures for improved working conditions whilst reducing the entry of pollution, dust, noise and vermin.
“Over the past three years, our FlexiEdge fast-action doors have been installed in many different industrial, commercial and retail environments,” says Andy Georgiou, general manager of Stertil Door Products. “Building on this success, we have now introduced the latest FlexiEdge generation which has been warmly welcomed across the board. Additionally, we’ve reintroduced our £90 a month leasing deal to make sure that these unbeatable doors are also extremely affordable.”