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Keeping the doors open

12 December 2012

The maintenance of industrial doors is easy to overlook but problems left unchecked can escalate and become costly. BID Group offers advice.

The maintenance of industrial doors is easy to overlook but problems left unchecked can escalate and become costly. BID Group offers advice.

Servicing of industrial doors, gates, loading bay equipment and other goods in and out associated equipment is seen by leading industrial door companies, such as BID Group, to be the most beneficial and cost effective measure of ensuring continually safe and reliable operation.

In the same way that you get your car serviced at regular intervals to ensure reliability, having your door serviced at regular intervals, will prolong the life of the asset and greatly reduce unwanted and potentially costly breakdowns.

While most companies view the maintenance of machinery on their production lines as vital, many overlook the maintenance of their industrial doors, failing to appreciate that the production line could come to a standstill if a goods-in or goods-out door were to jam shut for example, resulting in costly down time and lost production. Furthermore, as with any other piece of machinery a door that is not regularly serviced is more likely to break down incurring high repair costs. All industrial doors and associated access equipment should be serviced periodically, since routine checks and visual inspections help identify problems before they escalate and become costly.

The frequency of servicing will depend on the usage of the asset and the environment in which it operates. An industrial door that is in a high usage area, for example, in a goods in or out loading bay of a 24 hour operating distribution centre, should have at least two services a year. On the other hand, an annual inspection would be sufficient for an industrial door that is designed for security purposes.

When companies are putting in place provisions for having a regular programme of maintenance, they should give due consideration on how they would proceed with implementing the programme. This can be achieved by having in-house competent personnel, (for example, a trained and qualified engineer) who can dedicate time to carry out visual inspections/checks and can carry out vital repairs, while keeping accurate records. Or for peace of mind, a company can employ an external industrial door firm that can carry out this work at a nominal cost, thus enabling on-site maintenance personnel to carry out their day-to-day duties.

Having a service and maintenance programme or an agreement in place with BID Group a competent industrial door maintenance specialist, provides assurance that companies are meeting their obligations under the various health and safety regulations; Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulation, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulation and Workplace (Health and Safety and Welfare) Regulation.

At BID every service agreement is tailored to each individual site's requirements; the number of doors and associated assets, the usage and the working environment.We take all the hassle away from the company by carrying out the service and inspection. This provides peace of mind that not only are companies complying with the current regulations but also their doors, which are an integral part of the day-to-day operations, are fit for purpose and remain that way.

In addition to on-site engineers, BID Group also has an extensive technical department that can diagnose that vast majority of faults and in some circumstances can advise companies' own maintenance staff how to rectify the problem without having to place a callout.