Cheshire Fire Continues to Invest

Group company Industrial Door Engineering is pleased to announce its latest program of works with customer Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service as the planned fire station upgrades continue. As part of this programme IDE have supplied a series of new sectional overhead doors to fire stations at Northwich and Macclesfield.
This follows the successful installation of new sectional overhead doors for the new fire stations built at Penketh, Lymm and M56 Povey Lane earlier this year.

In the heart of mid-Cheshire, Northwich Fire Station have just had installed and commissioned 6no. new sectional overhead doors measuring 4000mm x 4000mm complete with 2no. vision rows and poppy red external finish. Electrical operation with safety devices specified to the front for the fire engines to leave & hand chain operation for the rear entrance doors.

Continuing with this rolling programme of work over at East Cheshire, Macclesfield Fire Station have been fitted with 3no. rear doors. These new sectional doors were hand chain operated for the entrance of the fire engines, measuring nearly 4000mm x 4000mm, complete with vision rows and a poppy red external finish to keep the look uniform across all stations.

The job was achieved on time and within budget, show-casing another great project by Industrial Door Engineering Ltd.


Construction Underway At Diamond Roll Up Doors

Group company – Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. has started an 11,000 square foot (1075 square meter) addition to their existing building. The new space will be used for warehousing, shipping, and receiving. The addition will include two new loading docks.

The existing space will be freed up and converted to more production space. The additional production space is needed for the large run projects Diamond has been running. There has been a large run during the June period for UPS Air Cargo trailers with Kentucky Trailer Manufacturing (1150 doors), a recent order for container doors going to the United States Marine Corps (150 doors), and Diamond is currently running an order for point of purchase displays for a large retail chain (800 doors).

Exciting times for Diamond Roll Up Doors.


Working Towards A Solution

Two Ohio companies have worked together to come up with a safer, more efficient, and lighter weight solution to the large swing doors found on the new cargo vans. While this concept is not new to the Global market, it is new to the United States. Europe has incorporated this solution onto some of their cargo vans which have to operate in severely confined spaces of metropolitan areas. With the increased congestion in metropolitan areas of United State and on jobsites where space is always limited, a solution like this will prove to increase efficiency of the vehicle while being safer for the vehicle operator. This system also weighs less than the large heavy swing doors by almost 60 pounds which can also increase vehicle payload.
WHAT IS IT?
Buckeye Body and Equipment, with assistance from Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. (under Dover Roller Shutter brand name), has put together for a package to convert the heavy swing doors on the rear of the new Ford Transit Cargo Vans to a rear roll up door. The roll up door package consists of removal of the factory rear doors, installation of the aluminum frame, and installation of the aluminum shutter door. There are no structural or design modifications required to the body. The aluminum frame mounts to the body and the roll up door is installed to the new frame. An electronic locking system has been incorporated for security and ease of access. AXCESS Shutter Door System, produced by Buckeye Body and Equipment is now available for the Ford Transit Cargo Van.
FRAME KIT
The AXCESS Shutter Door System can be purchased from and installed by Buckeye Body and Equipment. The conversion frame kit is engineered to maximize the van’s existing geometry to ensure the widest, tallest opening possible. The conversion kit is constructed of .120 aluminum laser cut and CNC formed panels to control quality and consistency of the parts. All surfaces are acid washed, and powder coated by computer control providing a durable, high gloss finish.
ROLL UP DOOR
The aluminum shutter door is produced by Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. under the Dover Roller Shutters brand name. It is a coiling aluminum slat door, powder coated white to match the Ford Transit Cargo Van. The roll up door provides a better solution for confined spaces by just coiling inside the vehicle and does not require the swing doors to be swung to the side of the vehicle into traffic and sometime windy environment. An electronic lock is designed into the door providing a two point locking system that requires a key fob to unlock. This locking system is more secure than the normal keyed lock because it is not accessible from the outside. The aluminum shutter door also has seals on all four sides and has independent seals between each slat. The door rolls around an enclosed spring which is designed to open and close over 100,000 cycles. The roll up door is provided as part of the entire kit.

ADVANTAGES
The AXCESS Shutter Door System provides many advantages over the swing doors. Some include:
 Eliminates potential for very expensive door damage due to wind and backup collisions.
 Improves efficiencies of high cycle delivery services.
 Improves operator safety by not having swing doors open in high traffic areas.
 Electronic latches can be integrated in vehicle lock/unlock circuit.
 Low maintenance, high cycle hardware.
 Entire kit is 60 pounds lighter than factory swing doors.
 Opening size is 51” wide x 72” high.
 Integral weather shield with recessed LED load area lighting.
 Allows for installation of inexpensive lift gates vs. very expensive lift gates currently used with the factory swing doors.
INSTALLATION
The conversion from factory swing doors to the AXCESS Shutter Door System is simple and requires about 6 hours. The installation process begins with the complete removal of the OEM swing open doors, hardware, and electrical harness connecting the doors to the van structure. Next, drill fixtures are placed to predetermined fixed locations to provide absolute placement of the attachment fasteners in the van structure. Holes are drilled and permanent threaded fasteners are installed. A perimeter seal is installed to the van’s structure as well as a bonding / sealing compound providing a dual seal to keep weather and dust out of the cargo area. The conversion system is then installed using all stainless steel and aluminum fasteners. All electrical support circuits are automotive grade with OEM style harness connectors and prewired to a specific color-coding to ensure consistency. Once the conversion system is installed the roll up door and all supporting hardware is installed, aligned, and tested.
SUMMARY
The new AXCESS Shutter Door System provides an innovative solution to the factory swing doors on the Ford Transit Cargo Van. The system can be installed quickly and provides efficient, easier, and safer access to the Cargo area from the rear of the vehicle. Upfit your vehicle and enjoy the benefits of this innovative solution.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ray Van Gunten is President of Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. and Dover Roller Shutters. The two divisions of Diamond provide numerous roll up door solutions to the transportation industry. Diamond has worked with Jeff Massey of Buckeye Body and Equipment on the design of the AXCESS Shutter Door System. Ray can be reached at rvangunten@diamonddoor.com and Jeff can be reached at jmassey@buckeyebody.com.

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Diamond Lands Large Order

Group company – Diamond Roll Up Door, Inc. picked up an 800+ door order for a large national retailer project.  Working with the display manufacturer, Diamond provided a solution for a roll up door on a point of purchase cabinet that met all of the manufacturer and end user requirements.  In the design process Diamond was able to eliminate some of the standard components to both reduce cost and speed up installation time.  The first 800 doors will ship in the month of November.  More are expected throughout the year.

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