In the mid-1990s, Rolflex developed the Compact door, thereby meeting the demands of a new generation of designers, builders and end users. Around 70% of total production is exported to locations across the globe through a network of dealers. For the Dutch market, we have our own team of consultants and salesmen who are in direct contact with clients. Bert Tiemessen, a field sales employee, tells us about his experiences in the automotive industry.
Challenges with lighting, car lifts and extractor systems; Bert has seen it all: “Customers are often surprised that a single door can solve so many problems.” Together, we are looking back on some projects where the Compact door was the only possible solution.
You can tackle many practical challenges as early as the design phase of a showroom/workshop. Bert Tiemessen: “A dealer from Den Bosch wanted to use an industrial door as a division between the showroom and workshop. However, the ceiling in the workshop was going to be higher than the ceiling in the showroom, because of the car lifts. An overhead door wouldn't fit, as there was no room for the guide rails. A rolling door would fit, but would provide little insulation against noise from the workshop. Glazing, which ties in well with the design to emphasise light and open space, isn’t possible in a rolling door either.”
In car workshops, doors need to meet a number of criteria, such as a high opening and closing frequency and high insulation values to provide a pleasant working environment. Bert Tiemessen: “The overhead doors in a garage in Arnhem were due to be replaced. These doors formed quite an obstruction when opened. They prevented car lifts in the workshop from reaching their full height, which meant that mechanics did not have the best possible working height. In addition, light from the strip light above the lift was blocked. A Compact door has created a lot more space while also allowing the lifts to go higher, without the risk of damage. A rolling door wouldn’t have been a suitable alternative here either. Rolling doors are not suitable for glazing, as it blocks out a lot of natural daylight, whilst the insulation value of a rolling door is minimal.”
Due to the economic crisis, investment in new construction has been non-existent in recent years. Many companies and institutions have therefore opted to have their business premises renovated instead. The choice for new doors formed part of this. Bert Tiemessen: “The Compact door is an excellent option, as it can replace any type of door and be used in many different situations. For example, a car body works from Aalsmeer wanted to replace its rolling doors. There were a lot of pipes running directly above the doorways and light fixtures on the wall, which meant that there was no room for any other type of door. In order to fully utilise the space, the solution was to install Compact doors on the outside of the building.”
Proper industrial doors create added value to any building. When closed, they form an integrated part of the front and must therefore match the overall design. When the doors are open, they should cause minimum obstruction. Bert Tiemessen: “At a car company in Velp, the client was looking for a modern finish in keeping with the design of the showroom. We opted for a solution where the Compact door disappeared into the ceiling when folding, which also formed the ground of the first floor. Showrooms or industrial halls are sometimes designed to allow for the construction of an extra floor after completion. Since the Compact door doesn’t need guide rails on the ceiling, it is also future-proof.”
The automotive industry is second to none in terms of demanding innovative and functional solutions for production centres, showrooms and workshops. Bert Tiemessen: “Everything we do is, in fact, customised; we always aim to achieve the best possible solution for the client!”
To take optimal advantage of the natural light our Compact doors can be provided with Full Vision panels. These fully glazed panels can also be combined with sandwich panels. The Full Vision panels have a lot of glass surface allowing more natural light inside and maximum visibility on both inside and outside.
Full vision panels are aluminum hollow profiles with vertical center posts and a filling of your choice. The fillings are clamped to the inside with a white frame that consists of polythene and rubber.
A Full Vision panel is suitable for different types of fillings. In addition to the clear acrylic and polycarbonate fillings the panels can also be equipped with safety glass, mesh or closed sandwich panels. It is even possible to fit these panels with no filling at all.View
In this type of Compact door the whole surface is constructed from Full Vision panels. The advantage of using transparant fillings is more natural light in the building and a clear view inside and out. In addition to the clear acrylic and polycarbonate fillings the panels can also be equipped with safety glass, mesh or combinations thereof. The Full Vision door gives each building a luxurious appearance.
Full vision panels are aluminum hollow profiles with vertical center posts and a filling of your choice. The fillings are clamped to the inside with a white frame that consists of polythene and rubber. Full Vision panels can also be combined with insulated sandwich panels. It is also possible to fit these panels with no filling at all.View